It’s a warm welcome to Ashington for Josh Smith, the internationally recognised, fast-rising and outstanding US Blues Artist, singer & songwriter and masterful guitarist.
Josh will be performing at the White House Unique Social Club on Monday 11 March, commencing at 7.00pm, with support.
Josh Smith was born October 7, 1979 in Middletown, Connecticut. Before he was 1, his family relocated to Florida. At age 3, he received his first guitar and at 6, he started taking guitar lessons. Josh was exposed to the blues at an early age listening to a variety of artists, such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert King and T-Bone Walker.
By 12, Josh was playing at established professional blues jams in South Florida. When Josh was 13, the Rhino Cats, house band at Club M, asked him to be the lead guitarist and at 14 Josh began sitting in with such greats as Tinsley Ellis, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble and Kim Simmonds, among others.
At 14, Josh released his first CD, Born Under a Blue Sign, and at 15, he released his second CD, Woodsheddin. After graduation from high school in June 1997, Josh followed his heart and began pursuing what he was best at. His first national tour ensued with his newly formed power trio, Josh Smith and the Frost.
In September 1997, Josh enlisted world-renowned producer Jim Gaines, whose credits include Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Allison, Steve Miller and Jimmy Thackery, to produce his third CD, Too Damn Cold. By 1998, Josh had completed four national tours with his band. In January 1998, Billboard Magazine took note of the rising young talent and in February 1998, Josh was asked to support B.B. King on a number of theatre dates.
Josh toured nationally all of 1999 and in October of that year, he entered the recording studio again with Jim Gaines and produced Woman, his fourth CD. Josh continued to tour the East Coast from New York to Florida through 2001 with his band. In June 2002, he married and he and his wife decided to move to Los Angeles.
In May 2006, Josh recorded his fifth CD, Deep Roots. His 6th studio CD, “Inception,” was released in 2009, an all-instrumental CD with a variety of genres that was once again well received by the public and critics alike. In 2010, Josh was signed to Crosscut Records and in October 2012, Josh’s CD, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” was released, followed by "Over Your Head" in 2014. In 2016 the jazz album "Still" was released. 2018 saw the release of the new album "Burn To Grow".
We’re absolutely thrilled to have Josh make a first-time visit to The White House in Ashington. We’d love you to join us for what will be an outstanding evening of the very best in contemporary blues...a warm welcome awaits!
Tickets are now available, priced at £14 (with £1.40 booking fee) from the following website www.wegottickets.com/event/455173
For more information please call 07725 800 972.