Based in NY’s Hudson Valley, singer-songwriter C.B. SMITH performs solo as well with THE LUCKY DEVILS, his bluegrass quartet. Since 2011 he has released two albums of original songs, FLESH & BONE and the just-released BLUEBIRD.
C.B.'s music has received glowing accolades such as:
"C.B. Smith has the magical ability to turn universal truths into music that touches your heart." - Marshall Karp, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Flesh & Bone is authentic, alright, so much so that you can hear the picks and fingertips on the metal of guitar strings...it's like you're right there in the room, feeling the electricity flash...Something ‘Bout a Train does in three minutes what most films can't accomplish in two hours in evoking the romance of rail travel." - Roll Magazine, February 2011
"Awesome work! C.B.'s songs ring true. There's no higher compliment as far as I am concerned." - singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier
"A gem...from the introspective title track...to the dark and delicious North Country Blues, Smith hits home and hits hard." - David Malachowski, Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY
"A world of talent!" - Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step
C.B. SMITH & THE LUCKY DEVILS perform at venues, libraries and events in the Hudson Valley, NYC and Boston. Their performances are sometimes augmented with instrumental and songwriting workshops. The band features fiddle phenom MEGAN GUGLIOTTA, Berklee-trained bassist BILL STROHM and mandolinist BRENDAN DONOVAN. Their repertoire includes a unique mix of originals, bluegrass classics (like the Bill Monroe Centennial set that was the centerpiece of their 2011 season), "grassed up" versions of American Songbook standards, and surprises like the occasional Tom Petty, Stephen Foster, Richard Thompson, Neil Young or Rolling Stones song.
MEGAN GUGLIOTTA holds Masters Degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance from the University of South Carolina. She performs with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles, and is the founding director of the school orchestra program at Middletown High School in Middletown, NY. BILL STROHM studied trumpet at the Berklee College of Music before switching to bass. He also performs with orchestras, rock bands, jazz groups and big bands. And our new mandolinist BRENDAN DONOVAN completes our lineup with a level of musicianship that belles his youthful demeanor!
C.B. SMITH & THE LUCKY DEVILS are available for private parties and events. Their mission statement calls for them to remain true to the high & lonesome sound that makes bluegrass distinctive while pushing the envelope in new directions.
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PAST VENUES & FESTIVALS
Club Helsinki, Hudson, NY | Cantab Lounge, Cambridge, MA | Caffé Lena | Hudson Music Festival | Liberty Public House, Rhinebeck, NY | Gomen Kudasai, New Paltz | Banjo Jim’s, NYC | Rhythm on the Ridge Festival | Rosendale Café | Rosendale Street Festival | The Falcon, Marlboro | Valentine’s, Albany
RECENT & UPCOMING SHOWS
Friday 9/5/14 8:00 Steamer #10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12203 518.438.5503 with The Wild Ponies (www.wildponies.net) $13
Saturday 10/18/14 6:00-8:00 Kiersted House Museum, 119 Main St., Saugerties, NY 12477 fundraiser costume party for Saugerties Historical Society in their newly-reconstructed barn! $20 EVENT CANCELLED
Saturday 11/15/14 7:30-9:30 Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge St., Catskill, NY 12414 $15 / $10 students & seniors
You'll find a live performance of the title track our new album "Bluebird" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZzLnk2Ye3Q