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J.C. Smith and the J.C. Smith Band / Bio

J. C. Smith, 2006 Bay Area Blues Society West Coast Blues Band of the Year award winner is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an outstanding performer noted for his energy and charisma. Prior to playing guitar, he was the drummer for the Back to Back Blues Band. In 2000, he emerged from behind his drums, armed with a Gibson 335. J. C. attacks the Blues as if he is being guided by the masters like T-Bone Walker, Albert King, and Johnnie Guitar Watson. The J. C. Smith Band’s current release "Defining Cool" is by far the best recording to date. Listed for the 52nd Grammy Awards for "Best Contemporary Blues CD," it entered the Living Blues Radio Charts at #16 and was a “Pick to Click” on XM Radio. After 20 weeks on the Roots Report, the CD climbed the charts as high as #25 nationally. In 2004, Smith released “That’s What I’m Talk’n ‘Bout,” co-produced by Grammy Award Nominee Joanna Connor. This CD shows masterful songwriting, outstanding arrangements, and traditional quality. It features a host of Chicago players including Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who worked with the Muddy Waters Band for twenty years. 2001 marked the release of Smith’s first effort "Midnight Creeper" which brought him international attention. Smith has toured throughout the United States, Eastern Europe, Mexico, and South America to sell out crowds. He is also known as radio personality Johnnie Cozmik on KKUP F.M. J. C. feels that his goal in life is “To keep the Blues alive and take the message to the people.”

General Info

Band Members
J.C. Smith guitar/vocal Robert Green bass Donnie Green drums Paul Smith keys Tom Maitland trumpet Stacy Kay sax
Artist Name
J.C. Smith and the J.C. Smith Band
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/cozmikrecords
Active Since
01/90
Genres
Blues / Jump Blues , Swing / R&B

Contact Info

Location
San Jose, CA
Manager
For West Coast USA bookings Sherburne and Assoicates, Midwest , East Coast including Europe Ken Zimmerman, Mexico and South America MJ Entertainment Group