Born and raised in a small community tucked between the New River and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Daniel Justin Smith comes from the same mountain region as music icon Doc Watson. Smith also practices Watson’s musical mindset of “traditional plus” by creating music celebrating the mountain heritage of his upbringing while including elements of country, rock, soul, and funk.
As a writer, Smith draws influence from both early Appalachian pioneers, such as The Carter Family and The Stanley Brothers, as well as more recent songsmiths including John Prine and Darrell Scott. He has collaborated with such artists as Jim Lauderdale and Malcolm Holcombe, and performed at such noteworthy venues as FloydFest, House of Blues, Ziggy’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Lincoln Theatre, and Music City Roots while at the helm of his former band, BIG DADDY LOVE.
Smith’s organic style and progressive mind are evident in both his recorded work and live concerts. His dynamic attack on the acoustic guitar, fiery vocals, and captivating stories told through heartfelt lyrics blend effortlessly to produce gripping performances.
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