Ben Smith – Biography
Ben started playing the guitar when he was nine years old. He actually wanted to play the banjo, but due to the lack of banjo teachers in rural Hertfordshire he started to learn the guitar, with the intention of switching to the banjo at a later date. That still hasn’t happened…
Shortly after starting to play he was introduced to the sounds of B.B King, and never looked back. With a style that is influenced by the greats of the blues, funk, folk and beyond, Ben plays a pretty mean acoustic or electric guitar, and has a big voice to match. After years playing many gigs and sessions in many styles, with many different bands and people, Ben was inspired by a 3 month stay in New Orleans, (where he got a chance to play with a host of internationally renowned musicians.) to go out on his own, (or at least under his own name) with a fluctuating line up of co-conspirators, including some old faces and some new ones. He’s also finally getting round to doing some solo gigs.
Things are going well, Ben has recently supported a number of great musicians – Robert Cray, Joan Armatrading, Albert Lee, Wilko Johnson, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Jon Gomm, Matt Schofield and Simon McBride. He was a finalist in the 2013 New brunswick Battle Of The Blues and his song ‘Dealers Stealers’ was included on the soundtrack of the film “Rock and Roll F*ck ‘N’ Lovely” which was released in 2012.