About Josh Smith
Josh Smith is what you might call a blues prodigy. He has been playing since he was 3, and gigging steadily since 13 or 14.
He grew up in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and at 12 years old he was already playing in the established professional venues like the Musicians Exchange Café in Fort Lauderdale. He quickly caught the ears of patrons and other musicians alike.
When Josh was 13, his talent also caught the attention of Don Cohen, owner of the Musicians Exchange Cafe, who offered to manage him and help develop his career.
Josh's young age may have helped Don Cohen open a few doors, When a lot of the blues greats passing through the club thought it might be fun to have the local young guy sit in on a couple of sessions. However, it quickly became apparent, that Josh Smith was more than a novelty. His chops and sheer talent were undeniable. That led him to becoming the lead guitarist in local blues band The Rhino Cats at the tender age of 13. The band became very popular in South Florida in the following years, and even won a Florida Jammy Award as best blues band.
While playing with The Rhino Cats, Smith also found time to publish his first two solo albums, when he was 14 and 15 years old.
After graduating High School, Josh went touring with his newly formed band, Josh Smith and the Frost. During the next few years, Josh Smith and The Frost completed several national tours, and recorded a couple of CD's.
In 2002, he relocated to Los Angeles with his wife. They still live there with their two children.
After moving to Los Angeles, Josh has transitioned somewhat. He still plays solo and still releases solo records but he also works as a popular sideman guitarist. In that capacity, he has completed two national tours with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, and since 2008 he has played with R&B legend Raphael Saadiq.
Josh's playing is very articulate. He really wants you to hear the notes coming through. He favors precision over speed, which leads to a very clean sounding style, that has led some fans to call his playing 'perfect'. Many note his incredible tone as one of the defining characteristics of his music.
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