Based in NY’s Hudson Valley, singer-songwriter C.B. SMITH performs solo as well with THE LUCKY DEVILS, his acoustic quartet. He has released two albums of original songs, 2011's FLESH & BONE and the 2015 release BLUEBIRD.
"The title track…makes great use of Smith’s reedy but authoritative voice, and the band’s harmonies too. Throughout, Megan Gugliotta’s fiddle adds a throaty warmth to the proceedings, while Bill Strohm’s bass serves as anchor...solid songs and a smart band are neither new nor old. They’re timeless." Michael Eck, Chronogram, June 2015
"Bluebird is essentially a live-in-the-studio record from a lithe, lyrical and capable bunch of string players." John Burdick, Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly, January 22, 2015
"Inimitable" - Woodstock Times, January 2015
"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
"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, March 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 world of talent!" Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step
"C.B. Smith has the magical ability to turn universal truths into music that touches your heart." Marshall Karp, New York Times bestselling author
C.B. SMITH & THE LUCKY DEVILS perform at arts centers, music clubs, libraries and events in the Hudson Valley, NYC and Boston. 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 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, who studied bass at the Berklee College of Music, also performs with orchestras, rock and jazz groups and big bands. Mandolinist BRENDAN completes the lineup with a level of musicianship that belies his youthful demeanor.
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Friday 9/9/16 5:00-7:15 Yorktown Grange Fair, 99 Moseman Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 Mission statement: celebrate agriculture, family and community traditions
Friday 7/1/16 6:30 Saugerties Summer Series, on the lawn outside the Reformed Church, 173 Main St., Saugerties, NY 12477 opening act: Whispering Tree.
Sunday 7/3/16 Davestock, 458 State Route 28A West Hurley, NY also on the bill: Metropolitan Hot Club, Upstate Rubdown, Burnell Pines
Friday 6/17/16 8:00 Morton Memorial Library 82 Kelly St, Rhinecliff, NY 12574 we'll do a few numbers as part of the library's ongoing local music series
Saturday 5/14/16 5:00 Beattie-Powers Place, 10 Powers Place, Catskill, NY 12414 $15 Our third annual Spring concert at this gorgeous historic house, perched on a bluff overlooking the mighty Hudson, opposite Olana; come early and stroll the grounds
Saturday 4/30/16 1:50-2:30 Caffé Lena Folkathon Weekend, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.583.0022 www.caffelena.org C.B. and Brendan join in for this weekend-long fundraiser at America's oldest continuously operating coffeehouse
Sunday 3/13/16 private party
Sunday 2/28/16 5:00-7:00 Ör 35 S. Third St. Hudson, NY 12534
Saturday 12/5/15 8:00 Caffé Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518.583.0022 www.caffelena.org $16 / $14 members
Friday 11/27/15 7:30 Artichoke Music, 3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 503.232.8845 $5 C.B. Smith solo
Saturday 11/14/15 4:00 Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge St., Catskill, NY 12414 518.943.3818 $15 / $10 students & seniors Our second consecutive Fall concert at the wonderful BST
Saturday 10/24/15 9:00 Woodstock Invitational Luthier's Festival
Friday 10/2/15 7:00 Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604 585.473.6140 $5 C.B. Smith solo at NY's best vintage instrument store, adjacent to the Eastman School of Music
PAST VENUES & FESTIVALS
Kleinert/James Center for the Arts | Banjo Jim’s, NYC | Club Helsinki, Hudson | Cantab Lounge, Cambridge, MA | Caffé Lena, Saratoga | Rosendale Café | The Falcon, Marlboro