Kirk Smithhart

Kirk Smithhart

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A rocking 3 piece band that will definitely grab your attention with explosive guitar leads, songwriting skills, and straight from the soul vocals resulting in a Genre of a Blues/Rock-Southern/Country-Rock ignition with even an acoustic version.

Biography

Born in Memphis, raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kirk, 26, is a self-taught musician who began playing guitar and writing songs at age 8.

As a student at the University of Memphis, Kirk started a band and promptly won the Beale Street Blues Society's talent contest to represent the Society in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge. Kirk won 3rd place overall and was awarded the "ALBERT KING AWARD" for Most Promising Guitarist. He made his first CD shortly after that.
After the Blues Challenge, Kirk began performing on Beale Street, at BB Kings, Rum Boogie, The Blues Hall and others.

Some of Kirk's accomplishments include:
Featured twice on The Blues Foundation's BEALE STREET CARAVAN radio show, which is broadcast worldwide. Has been featured on Memphis radio doing live interviews and receiving airplay.
He has recently been featured on Memphis television including, Channel 3's LIVE at 9, and FOX 13's GOOD MORNING MEMPHIS.

Nominated for BEST NEWCOMER (The Sam Phillips Award) by Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Kirk often performs for charity events, such as The Ronald McDonald House- St Jude's, The Make a Wish Foundation, MS Society and others.

A popular performer, with back to back appearances in the nationally recognized Beale Street Music Festival/Memphis In May.
Kirk performed 3 shows last year at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and will be back again this year with 5 shows.

Musical influences: Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Monte Montgomery

Discography

CD: "SO LONG"
CD: "BETTER DAYS"
Kirk's 3rd self released CD will be out this summer!
Radio air play from stations in Memphis, including the #1 classic rock station, ROCK 103, 97.1 and others. KINK FM102 Sunday night Blues in Portland, Oregon has played cuts from "SO LONG"

Set List

Original blues-rock/southern-rock/ country inspired-rock.
Covers include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix,Willie Nelson, Allman Brothers.
*Set time: varies per venue.

Originals include, but not limited to the following:

Calling My Name
Walking Down Your Street
Gone Too Long
Breakfast Bacon
Robbie's Song
I Don't
These Blues Won't Leave Me Alone
Burnin' Bridges
For Today
Where Nobody Knows My Name
Learn How To Crawl
Long Road Home
Second Chance
So Long
Better Days
Mind Fields
Change
When The Sun Comes Back Around
Home
Slide Baby
10 Miles To Clarksdale

Cover tunes "include" but not limited to:

Little Wing
Texas Flood
Superstition
Red House
Tin Pan Alley
Hey Joe
Pride and Joy
Black Magic Woman
Just A Good Ol' Boy
Whiskey River
Sweet Melissa
One Way Out
Hard To Handle
Crossfire
Manic Depression
Voodoo Chile
Copper Head Road
Just Got Paid
Tupelo Honey
Statesboro Blues
One Way Out
Cold Shot
SuperLove
You Were Always On My Mind