SASHA SMITH

SASHA SMITH

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Wild piano solos placed in piano driven songs influenced by Tom Waits, Elton John, Elvis Costello and Ratatat. Recommended if you like: all the above, Ben Folds, Jesca Hoop, Devendra Banhart, James Booker, Professor Longhair.

Biography

Sasha Smith (over 400 shows and counting)
As a scrawny young lad Sasha's mom sent him to classical piano lessons while his father played boogie-woogie and blues records at home; somewhere in-between the classical lessons and learning-by-ear from the recordings of Albert Ammons, Johnnie Johnson and James Booker, Sasha began bugging local Northern Californian musicians like Johnny Otis and Stu Blank to show him their way of playing music. At the time, Stu was playing dark hole-in-the-wall bars that were difficult for Sasha to get into because of his age. Stu would help Sasha sneak in through the back door and let him sit in only to be kicked out by the bar tender after a song or two. These were formative piano years and Johnny and Stu took a liking to him and Sasha soon became the little piano kid playing all of the hot venues and festivals around town. After releasing two instrumental CD's by age 15, receiving flattering reviews from national music magazines like Blues Revue and Blues Access, local radio DJ and concert promoter Bill Bowker noticed Sasha and started to book him and spin his tunes on KRSH. One of his tunes even became the theme music for the daily events announcement. Sasha soon branched out to San Francisco playing at the San Francisco Chronicle’s 4th of July Waterfront Festival and the Monterey Bay Blues Festival.

At 17, Sasha apprenticed with Tom Waits and Les Claypool at their respective recording studios. The experience opened his eyes to a lyrical process he had never ventured towards. Later that year Sasha packed up and went to school at CalArts for music in Los Angeles and began writing in a whole new way from the formative years. He played piano in the CalArts Country Band indulging in the sweet sounds of Hank Williams Sr., Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and, occasionally, Hank Williams Jr. He also played piano in Charlie Haden's CalArt's Liberation Orchestra.

Before departing CalArts, Sasha formed a band and has since been playing all over California, opening shows for artists like Maria Maldaur, The Ditty Bops, Lavender Diamond, and Eric Bibb. Firmly rooted in Los Angeles he divides his time playing his own shows, supporting major label and indie artists as a session player, and composing for TV/Film.

Sasha has shared the stage with Randy Newman, Devendra Banhart, Ariel Pink, Sinead O’Conner, Johnnie Johnson, Jimmy McGriff, Roy Rogers, Norton Buffalo, Tommy Castro, Michele Shocked, Roger McGuinn, Johnny Otis, Maria Muldaur, Doyle Bramhall I and II, and Marvin Hamlisch. He has performed at many festivals and radio stations including SXSW (supporting Jesca Hoop), The Monterey Blues Festival, The SF Chronicle Waterfront Festival, The Morro Bay Harbor Festival, The Sonoma County Blues Festival, and the Sonoma County Folk Festival, KCRW, WXPN, KRSH, KPIG and NPR.

Lyrics

Bad Guys

Written By: Sasha Smith and Elia Petridis


These days I undulate from anger to compassion,
just like a pendulum from hunger to fashion, oh no!
Cuz since you've left here we've been feeling quite abandoned,
like a remote desert island all on its own...floating all on its OWN

Everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody changes.

These days I vacillate from anger to elation,
I must admit that I'm loosing my patience, oh yes!
Cuz since you left here we've been feeling quite nostalgic,
We search the corners, in vain, for the magic thats left,
cuz now i'm all by myself.

Everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody changes.
Everyone changes,
under the same skies,
yeah everyone changes,
except for the bad guys,
except for you.

Its been so long since we've been alright,
Darling if you say something good I might say something nice.

Everybody, everybody...

This just might work,
Oh, you could say something good.
And I will say something nice,
Then you could say something kind
and leave the venom outside.

Everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody changes.
Everyone changes,
under the same skies,
yeah everyone changes,
except for the bad guys,
except for you.

Pretty Rested

Written By: Sasha Smith and Elia Petridis

Shaken in these old pair of jeans
You got me faking my apologies,
yeah we're back here because we did it again.

Likened to your ABCs
Don't be frightened, I'm here to please,
Yeah we're back here, we're going to do it again.

And darling, after all, I will love you more.

Cuz ain't nobody making for the exit
Except for you my love,
And everybody here looks pretty rested,
Except for you my love
No no no.

And darling, after all, I will want you more

Because now I'm questioning my hypotheses
You got me wondering what it really means
to be back here, to be doing it again.
Like you, I'm on my knees,
You're so enticing, you're such a tease.
Yeah you're back here we're going to do this again.

And darling, after all, I will love you more.

Cuz ain't nobody making for the exit
Except for you my love,
And everybody here looks pretty rested,
Except for you my love
No no no.

And darling, after all, I will love you more.

No one's making for the exit,
there ain't nobody at all.

Ain't nobody making for the exit
Except for you my love,
And everybody here looks pretty rested,
Except for you my love
No no no.

And darling, after all, I will love you more.

Cuz now i'm shaking in these old pair of jeans
You got me faking my apologies
yeah we're back here, we're going to do it again.

Discography

Sasha Smith - The Bank Sessions Oct. 2008
Eric Corne Kid Dynamite - Oct. 2008
Østein Greni sessions with James Gadson 2008
Jesca Hoop - Kismet (Sony/Columbia) 2007
Jesca Hoop - KCRW live on air/video 2007
Jesca Hoop - Yahoo! Music Launch 2007
The February Fifths - Chestnut 2007
Winter Flowers - Picture Disc (Manimal Vinyl) 2007
Sasha Smith EP 2006
Songs by Sasha Smith & Steve Deutsch (Spacebar Records) 2006
Winter Flowers (Attacknine/Darla Records) 2006
Sasha Smith Unreleased - 2005
Sasha Laen Smith CalArts 2003
Pro Bonus Volumes I - V 2003-2008
Sasha Smith - SS3 - 2000
Tommy Malone - Soul Heavy (Louisiana Red Hot) 2000
Sasha Smith - Spring 1996
Sasha Smith - Straight Up 1994

Set List

Sets range from 30 - 45 minutes
Prune Ballad
California
Kingdom Come
Oklahoma
Turn Off the Sound
Skinny
Sorry
At the End of the Day