“The Human Wilderness, is as welcome as a roadside diner on a lonely highway, and his self- penned and heartfelt songs about life in small town USA, are true masterpieces of American music. ”
— String King, Las Vegas Music Scene v2#4
"Chris Smither opened by praising Jeff's music and the crowd spontaneously erupted in a lengthy applause for Smith."
-JVWhite-White House Concerts
"The show was great. I loved
-Sue Hill WYTI Radio Rocky Mount VA
"Only one thing you can do here for fun; sit around and watch this town eat it's young." Audience participation was encouraged. Great show last night. Jeff had toes tap pin' and heads bobbin' with his mix of blues, rock & roll, story telling and humor. - Ron Goad VP Songwriter’s Association of Washington
Jeff Smith is a wonderful songwriter, a rhythm and lead guitar sensei and he has some good friends who will play with him. Some guys are just that lucky. -Jay Keating, President Songwriter's Association of Washington
"... the tightest band we've had in here." - Robert Harper,
Robert Harper Books
"The first time I heard Jeff singing his songs it was like being in gonzo psychedelic dreamscape".
-Annette Wasilik Award winning songwriter
"So glad I accidentally came to Gypsysally's on the 'wrong' night! This whole band is hyper-vachemont fantastique! Jeff Smith is a f****ing great songwriter, too!"
-Quique Cunningham, music fan at Gypsy Sally's 12/13/18
With inspiration and influences from early classic country, blues and pop, and from his beginnings in Huntington West Virginia, Jeff Smith is folk artist with blues, rock, country rhythms. Jeff counts JJ Cale, Randy Newman, Raymond Carver, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and many other blues folks, poets and local artists as spiritual mentors.
Jeff’s bluesy drawl slips in and around his guitar playing that is a combination of fingerpicking, flat pick strumming and banjo frailing. He tells elongated and elliptical stories about the songs, their characters, his family and his life and how they are all connected. Smith says “on a good night the stories and songs ride on top of a funky kind of country blues pop stomp”. In a recent interview, Smith says "I've never been one to be a genre slave. I like lots of styles of music and I record songs several different ways to determine where that song might want to live. It's like doing a cover of your own song".
Jeff’s tune “I Never Wanted You to Go” from the A Little Romance cd was placed alongside Roy Orbison, Ellis Paul, and The Bacon Brothers on the Trinity Rose Foundation release “Vision, Hope, Love”. Mike Cotter, Washington Area Music Association Award winner, also covered one of the rockers from The Human Wilderness, “Hideaway Rockin” on his “Radio Saves” album.
Jeff’s songs have been featured on US television on the programs “The Young and the Restless”, “Army Wives”, the independent murder mystery, “Teach Me Tonight” and in a European ad campaign for Opel automobiles.
Jeff created the character Junior Buggwater, a drifter and a charlatan rainmaker for the stage production of "Rain Follows the Plow". Jeff also co-wrote with the show's creator, Steve Coffee, one of the highlighted songs “Show You the Rain”.
Jeff performs solo and with his band The Human Wilderness and The Human Wilderness String Band in nightclubs, house concerts and festivals across the Mid-Atlantic region. In February 2018, Jeff launched the weekly "Tunes at Noon", a FB live event where he performs his songs and covers every Wednesday.