If you don't know the Blues, there's no point in even picking up a guitar. And guitarist Larry Smith comes with a warning: Watch out! He plays Blues/Rock that bites back! .
Half British and half American, Larry came of age in the 60's, when Rock propelled music and popular culture into a consciousness that continues to be a major influence two generations later. Chuck Berry famously said, "It used to be called Boogie-Woogie, it used to be called Blues, used to be called Rhythm and Blues. It's called Rock now." Living in London in 1967, he heard Jimmy Hendrix on pirate radio and was inspired to learn guitar. This opened the door to the influences of The Yardbirds, John Mayall, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bo Diddley and many others.
In a career that spans both sides of the Atlantic and over 3,500 gigs. His shows are riveting because he knows exactly how to unharness a performance in the moment. He effortlessly blends powerful guitar playing with an expressive vocal style to shape his signature sound. a mix of Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray with a dash of Richie Blackmore. He consistently brings a new edge to performances and balances his playing with a technical excellence that comes only from a lifetime devoted to music.
He has worked with members of AC/DC, Manfred Mann, Deep Purple, Dio, Rainbow, The Blues Band, Thin Lizzy, Home, Wings, The Who, Marcus Malone, Cozy Powell, and also many sessions.
After years on the road, Larry finally took a break from music and the music business and moved to Spain. It wasn't long before Larry started performing again in and around Barcelona and began making his mark on the local scene with his fantastic guitar playing. He is currently recording new music with a newly formed classic blues/rock trio, Larry Smith and Unfinished Business. A diverse and accomplished musician who also plays bass and trumpet, Larry is also a composer/writer, live and studio engineer and actor.