The Steve Smith Band makes me want to get a little rowdy till the sun comes up, while Livin It Up. Their music makes me want to pack up and hit the country! – Alysia Stern Follow @TRS247RADIO
Growing up in the hills of West Virginia, Steve Smith is country music through and through.
Whether it would be that you notice the signature WV hat he wears as he performs, the cowboy boots on his feet or his southern accent there is no doubt, this man has what it takes to be in country music.
Smith was raised in a small town in south/central WV known as Looneyville. This unique hometown name has now become a funny topic in interviews when questioned about his roots.
Smith started out like many great artists with a love for music and a determination to learn to play no matter what he had to overcome. The stories are plenty as you get to know Smith and hear him tell the obstacle’s he tackled as a young man to become the musician he is today. He was raised on the value of a hard day’s work while remaining humbled to his roots, which often shows in his personality.
This work ethic that was ingrained in Smith at a young age made him decide, even with a broken arm at the age of 15, to still continue to learn how to play the banjo. No matter what the cost.
Smith’s talent and hard work was recognized as a young man in his early twenties while strolling through Nashville. He stumbled across a chance meeting with the great Charlie Daniels and the two saw a common factor in one another, a love to play music. Small talk started just like true country folks do and in this conversation Mr. Daniels asked Smith to go get his banjo from the motel room so he could hear him play.
Smith went to retrieve his banjo and sat there in front of Charlie Daniels playing his banjo just as if he was sitting at home playing at his Grandfather’s Friday night gatherings. Smith then was given a job opportunity to play at Opryland Theme Park.
Three years ago Smith was asked to pick up his guitar and start playing for crowds. This wasn’t anything new to Smith as he could be heard; picking his banjo, guitar or the mandolin while sitting around with family and friends on any given weekend but thus started the adventure into country music professionally.
In June of 2009 Smith ventured to Nashville to complete his debut album, “Don’t Blame My Heart”. This album took off like a wild fire and the demand for Smith grew. He realized he no longer could play as just a Solo artist. “The Steve Smith Band” was formed just a little over a year and half ago and has been going steady ever since.
Smith is currently working on his second album and has released the single titled, “Living it Up” for fans to download. This can be found on Itunes, Amazon as well as CD Baby.
This good ol’ country boy from small town USA now has got to play with the likes of David Nail, Darryl Worley and Lee Brice. While also attracting more attention from some National acts including Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn and Ty Herndon.
Smith wrote his first song at the age of 12 titled, “Who Holds Tomorrow”, and since has written over 30 songs. Several of these songs have peaked on the charts, such as “Another Beer” grabbing the #12 spot of the country music charts in Sydney Australia in July 2012. Smith’s popularity hasn’t stopped there, his song titled, “Wishing Well” held strong at #2 on Indiecharts.com for 3 weeks.
Congratulations to The Steve Smith Band! They won TRS 24/7 Radio’s Indie Top 10 Video Countdown for the month of July!
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