Jeff SmithApr 20, 2016 | 0 comments
Country, Blues, & Rock Roots. No Hat. No Boots.
With inspiration and influences from early classic country, blues, and pop, and from his beginnings in Huntington, West Virginia, singer songwriter Jeff Smith writes songs that at first listen, seem mainstream but then they open up in your head and reveal unexpected delights or twists. Jeff counts JJ Cale, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, John Jackson and many other blues and local artists as spiritual mentors.
As a solo performer in the clubs, house concerts, and festivals, he has opened for Loundon Wainwright, Roger McGuinn, Donovan, REO, and Styxx. Most recently Jeff opened for Chris Smither at the Harvester Performance Center where, “polite clapping turned to real appreciation and admiration. Smither opened by praising Jeff’s music and the crowd spontaneously erupted in a lengthy applause for Smith.”
Pit Stop Magazine said, “The Human Wilderness features, “heartfelt songs about life in small town USA (that) are true masterpieces of Americana.”
Since 2010, Jeff has been working with music publishers, and getting his music placed on national television broadcasters such as The Young and The Restless, Army Wives, European television comercials and in an independent film. Jeff has also worked with Nashville publishers Bug Music, Freedom Hill and Bluewater Music and has had cuts on local and regional independent albums.
Jeff is a popular solo artist and was the 2012 Jiffy Lube Live Concert Season Opener.
Jeff’s rhythmic style of guitar playing is part fingerpicking and part flat pick strumming and his stories are about the songs, the characters, his family and his life and how they are connected.