Video: Martin Smith Band in rehearsals

Video: Martin Smith Band in rehearsals

We decided to bring a couple of cameras along to a recent rehearsal session.  This is me and the band rehearsing a couple of blues classics:…

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Influences for the new band number 7 - B.B. King

Influences for the new band number 7 – B.B. King

What band playing any form of blues or R&B cannot have been influenced by the inimitable Riley B. King? [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGc3O2aRuOc&w=420&h=315]

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Martin Smith Band - group photo

Martin Smith Band – group photo

This is me and the guys posing for a quick, informal photo after a recent rehearsal session. Left to right:  Roland Kemp (keys), Tim Strange…

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Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 6 - the wonderful Sam Cooke

Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 6 – the wonderful Sam Cooke

I continue this series of tributes to the artists who have provided inspiration to the Martin Smith Band (and, consequently, contribute to the set-list) by…

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Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 5 - the magical George Benson

Inspirations for the Martin Smith Band number 5 – the magical George Benson

As the Martin Smith Band moves closer to being a going concern, with the news that our line-up is  now complete, we continue this series of…

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The new band has a keyboard player, a name and a Facebook page

The new band has a keyboard player, a name and a Facebook page

Exciting times in the development of the new band just now.  Last night we welcomed a very talented (and appropriately named) keyboard player called “Roland”…

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Inspirations for the new band number 4 - cool, bluesy jazz

Inspirations for the new band number 4 – cool, bluesy jazz

In the late 50s and early 60s, a number of jazz artists such as Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery (to name just a few)…

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Inspirations for the new band number 3 - classic soul

Inspirations for the new band number 3 – classic soul

We definitely want the new band to have a soulful sound.  Who better to listen to for inspiration than the magical Temptations.  One of their…

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