Hometown: Springfield, MO
Management: Warrior Ministries
Sounds Like: ZZ Top, Movin' On / A Tribute to Bad Company & Free, Glenn Kaiser Band, Eric Clapton, the mighty jeremiahs
Genre: Christian Rock
Bert Smith and the Walk-"New and Improved"
A band that has evolved beyond its beginnings as a Christian blues band to become a power house trio capable of still being true to their blues roots. The addition of Bob Allen on drums adds new depth and dimension. Now capable of explosive funk/rock as well as quiet worshipful ballads, the band explores the different flavors of leader Bert Smith's ecclectic songwriting. Jim Lewis locks things down on the low end with his steady bass playing ability. Comparisons to early Jesus Rock acts as well as the bands coming in with the early British-blues invasion and ZZ Top combined with the Spiritual depth of the lyrics of their songs make the new "Bert Smith and the Walk" far more than just a Christian "blues" band. There is never any doubt that message of the Gospel is always the most important part of The Walk. Never preachy but always bold for Christ, The Walk brings the message in a way that makes people listen.
Bert Smith & The Walk
Finalists in 2011 Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
In the words of the great Mississippi bluesman, Muddy Waters…
"If ya wanna know bout the blues, ya gots to go back to church"
The blues is a perfect vehicle for delivering a message of hope to a hopeless world. This band plays with conviction and inspiration that comes from years of experience. The lyrics will make you think and the music will make you want to get up and dance. Mix in elements of Eric Clapton and B.B. King, some Southern Soul, and a dash of New Orleans funk...with a no compromise message. Throw in some hot guitar work and a driving rhythm section, top it off with the addition of some smokin' Chicago blues harp . Shake it all up with vocals like thunder rolling down a gravel road, and what you get is - Bert Smith & The Walk.