HARD ROAD, Steve Smith's fourth solo cd is a collection of live studio takes ranging from original instrumental and vocals to traditional works and tunes from John Phillips, Radney Foster, Phil Rosenthal and the Beatles. The eleven vocal and two instrumental tunes are performed on voice, mandolin, guitar, mandola, mandocello, banjo, bass and percussion and are performed in solo, duo, trio and quartet settings as they went to tape. The musicians include Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, Wayne Shrubsall, Jane Horton, Robin Russell, Sally Barnes, George Rhee, Bob Hull, Fred Bugbee and Bruce Johnson.
HARD ROAD works well in all traditional bluegrass, old time, celtic, gospel and Americana radio formats.
Steve Smith has been performing mandolin,guitar, mandola and vocals for over twenty five years in about as many types of musical situations as one can imagine. From hard driving traditional Bluegrass, his first love, to New Acoustic, Celtic and Jazz ensembles along with Old-Time and chamber music. His solo shows incorporate original vocal and instrumental works and include unique arrangements of traditional and modern tunes from delicate fingerstyle to hard driving rhythms.
Smith has been involved in a number of theatrical productions including composing the score for the Sam Sheppard play "Curse of the Starving Class ", and a stint in music school studying 20th century composition and theory. His music was most recently used in the PBS film "The Bataan Death March, a New Mexico Story".
In addition to a regular touring schedule which has taken him from Florida to Alaska, Smith maintains a busy teaching and workshop schedule including his sixth year as mandolin instructor at Camp Bluegrass (www.campbluegrass.com) along with a broad pallet of recording sessions including mandolin, mandola and guitar.
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