SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin, Background Singer, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Steel guitar, Upright bass.

ABOUT

What makes me different:
I'm a songwriter and recording musician open to working on new projects with other musicians, of all ages. I play Red Dirt/Texas Country, Western Swing, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Hillbilly guitar, fiddle, bass, steel, and sometimes drums. No pop country.

Family Friendly Music:
If Momma or Jesus wouldn't like it, then I don't play it. I don't do songs about getting hammered, country girl shake it, etc., What happens in the bed room, stays in the bed room. I understand that's part of life (I do have kids), but I don't want to hear you sing about it. I don't mind a beer in moderation, but drinking to excess and singing about it is for degenerates.

What Else?
In the daily grind, I am a web marketing guru with a BS degree in Web Design. This is relevant because I can build websites in my sleep. I've taken college courses in audio production and have lots of experience behind the recording/mixing console.

Do I rock?
I was in punk rock bands for a decade or so, then after the Lord found me, I played in worship bands for about 15 years. I still play a little unblack metal, hardcore, punk, and I'd be lying if I said these genres do not have an influence on my style. But I'm primarily mainstream old school red neck.

Fun Fact:
My fiddle teacher learned from Bill Monroe's fiddler, Roger Smith.

Screen name:
Matt_Smither
Member since:
Jun 16 2014
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Turnpike Troubadours (especially Kyle Nix's fiddle style), Hank Williams Sr. Louvin Brothers, Buffalo Johnson, Bruce Brakefield, Bob Fryfogle, Buzz Busby. I love Appalachian Holiness (snake handling) worship music.

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Bass Guitar:
Advanced
Fiddle:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Acoustics: Gibson L-30 archtop, Gibson wildfire-bird, Loar archtop.
Electrics: Schecter Hellraiser, Peavy T-27, Recording King Lap Steel.
Bass: Carvin 5-string neck-thru-body Bass Guitar.
Fiddles/Violins: 2007 Eastman, pre-1840's strad, Pfreschner Viola
Amps:.Hartke Bass Amp, Bugera 1961 infinitum stack, Marshall AS100D, Roland Blues Cube.
Drums: Mapex Venus, Zildjian symbols.

MUSIC