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Curtis Ray Smith / Bio

Curt has toured Canada with renowned classical guitarist Norbet Kraft, opened for blues legend Albert King, played shows with international recording artist Jordan John, and recorded with Ronnie Hawkins alum Glen Johansen alongside Canadian guitar legend Domenic Troiano.

After moving to Canada from Texas in the early 70's, Curt honed his fingerstyle acoustic blues chops busking at the corner of Yonge and Wellesley in downtown Toronto. He later moved to western Canada, graduating to small folk clubs and lounges - first solo - then as part of an acoustic trio called "Appleshine" with two displaced New York folkies. Curt continued to specialize in acoustic blues fingerstyle guitar through the early 80's, including a cross - Canada concert tour with Canadian classical guitarist Norbert Craft. During the same period, Curt was also active in guitar design with Yamaha Music and was instrumental in the design of custom guitars for Canadian guitar masters Bruce Cockburn, Liona Boyd and Rik Emmett. Curt added electric guitar to his repertoire in the early 80's when he met Quebec based blues master Brian Monty and started playing electric rhythm and slide guitar in Brian's band. The highlight of their work together came when Brian and Curt - supported by several Long John Baldry band members - played 2 nights with blues legend Albert King at the "The Brunswick" in Toronto.

These days Curt performs in Oakville and Toronto, featuring the music of George Benson, Steely Dan, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with Jazz Standards and "Light Jazz" arrangements of classics from the past 4 decades.

General Info

Band Members
Curtis Smith
Artist Name
Curtis Ray Smith
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/curtisraysmith
Active Since
12/10
Genres
Instrumental / Guitar

Contact Info

Location
Toronto, ON, CA
Manager
Coleen Spence