JC Smith Band
J.C. Smith has received numerous awards including the 2017 NCEM Awards “Male Blues Artist of the Year”, the 2012 Metro Newspapers Best of Silicon Valley “Best Original/local Band”, and the 2006 Bay Area Blues Society West Coast Blues Band of the Year, among many other accolades. Originating from the East Side of San Jose, Smith is an outstanding performer noted for his energy and charisma – and a Gibson and Ernie Ball endorsed artist.
Prior to playing guitar, Smith was a drummer for over thirty years. In 2000, he emerged from behind his drums, armed with a Gibson 335. Smith has shared the stage with notable artist such as Hubert Sumlin; B.B. King; Buddy Guy; Buddy Miles; Son Seals; Willie Bigeyes Smith; Pinetop Perkins and many more, plus toured throughout the United States to sellout crowds through Eastern Europe, Mexico, Italy, South America, and Russia. He attacks the Blues as if he is being guided by the masters like T-Bone Walker, Albert King, and Johnnie Guitar Watson. Smith is also known as radio personality Johnnie Cozmik on KKUP F.M. His mission in life is “To keep the Blues alive and take the message to the people.”
Smith’s latest release, “Love Mechanic”, includes an exciting mix of West Coast Swing, Chicago Blues, Back Alley, Country, and Funk Based Blues. A blend of original music and artfully rearranged covers, Love Mechanic received rave reviews around the world and was listed in the 58th GRAMMY Awards for “American Roots Music.” The album captures the live performance excitement of J.C. Smith, who is a master entertainer noted for his onstage charisma. Earlier releases include “Defining Cool”, which was listed for the 52nd GRAMMY Awards for “Best Contemporary Blues CD,” it entered the Living Blues Radio Charts at #16 and was a “Pick to Click” on XM Radio. After 20 weeks on the Roots Report, the CD climbed the charts as high as #25 nationally. Also, “That’s What I’m Talk’n ‘Bout,” co-produced by GRAMMY Award Nominee Joanna Connor. This CD shows masterful songwriting, outstanding arrangements, and traditional quality. It features a host of Chicago players including Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who worked with the Muddy Waters Band for twenty years. Plus, 2001 marked the release of Smith’s first effort “Midnight Creeper” which brought him International attention.
Enter Stage: 1:05pm | Stage Exit: 2:05pm
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