"Thanks again for last night Jeff. You were tremendous and the feedback I got was that everyone had a really good time and enjoyed your music immensely. I know I had a smile on my face all night long. Thanks again for a fantastic evening. You rock! "
- Al Hobson, Hobson Art Barn Concerts
"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, storytelling 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, Washington Area Music Award Winner.
"So glad I accidentally came to Gypsy Sally'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 Appalachian 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”.
Jeff’s tunes "You" and “I Never Wanted You to Go” from the The Human Wilderness CD, was placed alongside Roy Orbison, Ellis Paul, and The Bacon Brothers on the Trinity Rose Foundation release “Vision, Hope, Love”. The late Mike Cotter, a multiple Washington Area Music Association Award winner, also covered one of the rockers from The Human Wilderness, “Hideaway Rockin” on his “Radio Saves” album. Georgia artist Leesa Biddy covered Jeff's song "Anybody Got a Heart" on her album "A Chance to Save the World" after hearing the demo that was recorded by the Brooks and Dunn road band.
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 his "Tunes at Noon" series, a bi-weekly live FB event where he performs original and cover songs.