Josh Smith – Performance & Masterclass
February 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm£14 - £20
Friday 2 February 2018 – Josh Smith + Ariel Posen
Tasty licks, expressive phrasing and the ability to rip into a song like nobody’s business make Josh a must see performer. Josh Smith was one of those guitar prodigies, born with a pick in his hand. Much like his good friend Joe Bonamassa, it was hard to find him without a guitar in his lap. As a young musician, he had the opportunity to sit in with many of the Blues greats, young and old, as they toured through South Florida: BB King, Koko Taylor, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Jimmy Thackery, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Tinsley Ellis, and many others.
Josh began touring the country while in high school, all the while woodshedding, learning, and playing. Encouraged to sing and write his own music, Josh took the counsel to heart and has built up an impressive musical library. After road dogging as Taylor hick’s Musical Director, performing with Elton John, backing Mick Jagger on the Grammys, and serving as Raphael Saadiq’s guitarist, Josh decided to renew his commitment to performing his own music. Josh is appearing in Scotland for the first time. The show will be preceded by a guitar masterclass, do not miss this stellar guitarist’s performance.
“Plain and simple there’s no one better”
“Josh smith is a good friend of mine and – when I am on stage with him, and we do it very often- fear is the feeling I have. He is so damn good and we are so lucky to have him”
Josh Smith is what you might call a blues prodigy. He has been playing since he was 3, and gigging steadily since 13. At that age The Rhino Cats, house band at Club M, asked him to be lead guitarist. Musicians Exchange owner Don Cohen was so taken aback by the talent o John that he offered to help manage and develop Josh’s career.
The Café was renowned for bringing in the best national touring blues bands, and Josh sat in which such greats as Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble, Joanna Connor and Kim Simmonds. Jimmy Thackery said of the 14 year old “Josh is three heartbreaks away from being a true blues guitar genius.” At 14, Josh released his first CD, Born Under A Blue Sign and at 15 he released his second CD, Woodsheddin.
While performing all over south Florida, Josh Smith and the Rhino Cats quickly became one of the most in-demand blues bands in the area. In 1994, while Josh was only 15, they received the Florida jammy award for best blues band and were selected as xs readers choice winners in 1995 for best blues band. in 1996, then a senior in high school, Josh was put on the cover of the national magazine High School Senior, which hailed him as an “up and coming guitar legend.” that same year, Washburn Guitars International recognised Josh’s talent and offered him an endorsement. They flew Josh to Chicago and guitarmaker Luthier Grover Jackson built him a custom guitar.
Although Josh was an honor student, after graduation from high school in June 1997, Josh followed his heart and began pursuing what he was best at. his first national tour ensued with his newly formed power trio, Josh smith and the frost. Josh was now the band leader and vocalist, so he not only had to continue developing his guitar chops, but had to concentrate on his vocal prowess. in september 1997, Josh enlisted world-renowned producer Jim Gaines, whose credits include Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Luther Allison, Steve Miller and Jimmy Thackery, to produce his third CD, Too Damn Cold.
by 1998, Josh had completed four national tours with his band. in January 1998, Billboard Magazine took note of the rising young talent in a continental drift article. in February 1998, josh was asked to support BB King on a number of theatre dates. in march 1998, the TV show Chicago hope purchased the rights to the tune “32 degrees” from too damn cold. an international CD release, the mentos freshmaker tour, included the title cut, “too damn cold,” in the spring of 1998.
Josh toured nationally all of 1999 and in October of that year, he entered the recording studio again with Jim Gaines and produced Woman, his fourth CD. This CD was released and well received in the spring of 2000. Josh continued to tour the east coast from New York to Florida through 2001 with his band. In June 2002, he married and he and his wife decided to move to Los Angeles. Josh was ready for something new and wanted to be around a variety of musicians. He also began being a sideman. Within a year of moving to LA, he was retained by Virgin recording artist Ricky Fante. he played nationally and internationally with Ricky for the next two years.
In May 2006, Josh recorded his fifth CD, Deep Roots. a more traditional blues CD, his music was once again well received by Blueswax and Blues Revue magazine. Josh continued to play with a variety of artists, such as actress Taryn Manning, universal hip-hop artist Benny Cassette and Tara Ellis, to name a few. In January 2007, Josh was hired by 2006 American idol winner Taylor Hicks to be his lead guitarist. they completed two national tours from February-June 2008. In July 2008, Josh was hired by Raphael Saadiq. since that time, Josh has played such high profile gigs with Raphael as backing Mick Jagger at the Grammy awards in 2011 and the Kennedy center honors in December 2011. Josh continues to tour nationally and internationally with Raphael.
Josh released his 6th studio CD, “Inception,” in 2009. This is an all-instrumental CD with a variety of genres that was once again well received by the public and critics alike.
In 2010, Josh was signed to Crosscut Records, a label based out of Germany. crosscut re-released Josh’s CD, “Deep Roots,” as “I’m Gonna Be Ready.” In October 2012, Josh’s CD, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” was released in Germany.
Josh Smith has established himself as one of the most versatile guitarists in blues music. His most recent CD Over Your Head is filled with gritty, rockin’ blues with guest appearances by Kirk Fletcher and Joe Bonamassa.
Ariel Posen is an internationally acclaimed guitarist born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. Other then playing with many bands all over the continent, producing records, composing music and recording on sessions, Ariel has spent the last few years touring around the world and recording with JUNO award winning, The Bros. Landreth. Some highlights include features from the biggest music publications around the world such as Premier Guitar, Rolling Stone, VH1, Relix, BBC, Paste and attention from artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, Jimmie Vaughan, John Oates and more.
A guitar masterclass with Josh Smith will take place at 6pm before entry to the live show at 7.30pm.
Non member tickets available for £14 – or £20 including the Masterclass from Ticketweb https://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/291777, Tickets Scotland and all preceding Edinburgh Blues Club shows.