Video: Martin Smith Band in rehearsals

Video: Martin Smith Band in rehearsals

We decided to bring a couple of cameras along to a recent rehearsal session.  This is me and the band rehearsing a couple of blues classics:…

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Influences for the new band number 7 - B.B. King

Influences for the new band number 7 – B.B. King

What band playing any form of blues or R&B cannot have been influenced by the inimitable Riley B. King? [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGc3O2aRuOc&w=420&h=315]

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Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 6 - the wonderful Sam Cooke

Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 6 – the wonderful Sam Cooke

I continue this series of tributes to the artists who have provided inspiration to the Martin Smith Band (and, consequently, contribute to the set-list) by…

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Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 5 - the magical George Benson

Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 5 – the magical George Benson

As the Martin Smith Band moves closer to being a going concern, with the news that our line-up is  now complete, we continue this series of…

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Inspirations for the new band number 4 - cool, bluesy jazz

Inspirations for the new band number 4 – cool, bluesy jazz

In the late 50s and early 60s, a number of jazz artists such as Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery (to name just a few)…

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Inspirations for the new band number 3 - classic soul

Inspirations for the new band number 3 – classic soul

We definitely want the new band to have a soulful sound.  Who better to listen to for inspiration than the magical Temptations.  One of their…

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Inspirations for the new band no.2  Robert Cray

Inspirations for the new band no.2 Robert Cray

In the absence of any material just yet from the new band, I’m sharing a few tracks by the artists that inspire us.   My…

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Inspirations for the new band no. 1 : Robben Ford

Inspirations for the new band no. 1 : Robben Ford

Just love this track.  It’s a perfect example of how Robben Ford  can artfully blend blues, jazz and funk.  I even love the way the…

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