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.
As if having a broken arm wasn’t enough of a hill to climb, while learning to play the banjo, then toss in the fact that he didn’t have enough money to purchase an instrument. He was, however, fortunate to be able to borrow his first banjo off and on from a man that recognized this love for music, year after year.
Eventually in time Smith was able to purchase this banjo by trading his dirt bike and now it proudly sits on display in his living room reminding him of the hard work, sacrifice and opportunity he was given.
When watching Smith play today you will see that his banjo he plays is slightly different and unique. This being because he built it with his own two hands and since some of the wood on the banjo came from his family’s farm, no matter where Smith travels to play, he always takes a piece of home with him.
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.
However, being around the age of 20, Smith took the advice of his father and passed on this job opportunity to continue to work alongside his father on the pipeline for the next 20 years, all the while still playing and writing music.
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.
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.
Smith’s next single titled, “Crazy About You”, which can be heard on Froggy Radio-94.9, 103.5 & 104.3, will be released to other country stations in January 2013 and his second album will be launched spring 2013.
The Steve Smith Band has maintained a steady playing schedule having performed over 110 shows in 2012 and being located in Hopwood, PA gives Smith the ability to cover a Tri-State region of WV, OH, PA, MD.
Some of the 2012 achievements that Smith is most proud of would be playing at the Bloomsburg Fair-Bloomsburg, PA, Roughneck Fest-Washington County, PA, Brewfest-Morgantown, WV, Fayette County Fair, PA, Garrett County Fair, McHenry, MD, “Hoe Down in the Haller” Newton, WV and last but not least being able to travel back home to Calhoun County to play for his home crowd.
Steve Smith will be a name that you will be hearing more of in the years to come, as this man is true country.
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