For over 35 years, Kevin Smith has lived and breathed guitars: building, repairing, and refurbishing electric and acoustic, new and vintage instruments. He has played bass and guitar in many outfits from jazz to reggae to R&B. Now Kevin is “The StringSmith” – putting it all together with Jump Blues, Folk, Pop favorites delivered with Kevin’s unique arrangement and concise guitar style.
In addition to the solo act, check out the GypZbilly duo, trio or quartet! "GypZbilly" music: A variety of genres, from Gypsy to Jump Blues, to Rockabilly, with a dash of Cha-Cha, adapted to acoustic guitar, laying down an infectious groove for tapping toes.
More information, and some samples below:
February 9 at #10 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 7:00 -10:00
Darned if we know ... except that we are laying down a lively Americana mix of Blues, Gypsy, Jump and Rockabilly tunes to listen or move to.
Louis Jordan, Ry Cooder, Django, The Wyos, Hot Club of Cowtown, Eddie Cochran
Whether it is a background soundtrack, or a get-down hoedown, we deliver appropriately, not overpowering the conversation, and laying down the groove for happy feet. In addition to the core trio, add Sax, trombone, accordian. GypZbilly is acoustically based, so no ear plugs necessary
Whatever your desire, I will make the scene and provide the entertainment you want. I am engaging, welcoming and personable.
Ry Cooder Tommy Emmanuel and David Bromberg come to mind as guitar influences. Oddly, my early learning was from a Cannonball Adderly record. John Hyatt is a favorite songwriter of mine, and inspired my hair line.