“I first saw Brian about 15 years ago at Barberville Folk Festival and I was impressed by his guitarmanship and performance. Every year I see him he keeps getting better and now his guitarmanship is up with the best. Brian has a very different style than most in his line of business which really make him stand out as one of the best in the Florida Folk community. Each of his CDs takes you through a Journey with his excellent song writing. Once you listen to it you want to play it again because of all the detail in it and you don’t want to miss anything. Brian just started playing one of my guitars a couple months ago, what a honor it is to be the Luthier of his workhorse guitar. Do yourself a favor, if you have a chance to go see Brian do it.
“Brian Smalley is the BOMB! High energy, heartfelt. Love and gratitude pour from this guy! Oh! He's quite the guitar player and lyricist! His music made our hearts sing and our feet tap. Brian recieved one of the rare standing ovations at Music4meAndU House concerts.”
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“Brian Smalley’s 2013 CD release “chickens pigs” is an instant folk classic that feels more like a novel or even an "opera" than most CD/Albums with a "theme." This is a remarkable recording and hands down, simply the best Florida folk CD/Album of 2013.”
— The Florida Times Union
“I'm old enough to remember way back when people could really play guitar, when folk singers could pick a tune and just blow me away. Brian Smalley has that talent and more. Every song makes me want to hear another and he's got plenty: just listen! Man, somebody should sign this cat!”
“With his latest record, Chickens Pigs, Smalley has embraced his love of history and old time music and delivered an original album that takes the listener through the fictional life of Confederate soldier Son Calaway. Meshing real events and facts from the Civil War with fictional characters Smalley has the listener questioning whether this is based on real life or did it come from his head. (I had to ask him this myself.)”
— Atlanta Live Music Examiner