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Sep 2016

Ben Plays with The Ann Wilson Thing at The Plaza Live
Orlando , FL
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ben Plays with The Ann Wilson Thing at Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Ponte Verde , FL
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oct 2016

Ben Plays with Heart, House of Blues, Las Vegas
Las Vegas , NV
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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There is no more consummate and all around amazing drummer than Ben Smith.

He is versatile in all styles and not stuck in one. His rock chops are as heavy as it gets and yet the added element of restraint makes them even heavier!

Grammy award winning Producer Ben Mink says Ben Smith is the best drummer he has ever worked with in his entire career. And I must say, I feel exactly the same!

Nancy Wilson, Heart

I have worked with the best of the best and Ben Smith is at the very top of that list. Total professionalism. Amazing skill. Passion that flies off the stage and into your heart. I feel so fortunate that he is in the Heart family.

Carol Peters , Peters Management

I’ve done a lot of shows and a lot of recordings with Ben Smith and a more talented, consummate pro you’ll never meet.

Ric Markmann, Matter Music

We are blessed to have many incredible studio drummers who call Seattle their home.  At the top of that list is Ben Smith of Heart.

Ben has been our A list go-to session drummer for the past decade. He’s played on countless recordings that have come out of London Bridge Studio.

Beyond his impeccable feel and creative energy he brings an infectious positive vibe that makes every season fun and easy.

Jonathan Plum – Producer & Co-Owner of London Bridge Studio – Seattle

Ben Smith has been a very important part of my personal and musical life for many years. He is hands down my favorite drummer to play with, record and mix. His dynamic style and consistency is unmatched both live and in the studio.

Ben also gets a very rich tone from his personal drum tracking room… He recently delivered me a full drum track for an original song that needed no tweaking at all. The sound quality and mix was perfect.

Sue Pelino, Emmy Award Winning Sound Mixer, Broadway Video, NYC

Ben Smith I have known since back in the old days, he was drumming with Seattle Pure Dynamite – a local funk band.

His expertise as a young adult was incredible – His meter was perfect!!! —- That alone got my attention. His playing “way” surpassed other drummers whom I had worked up to at that time. The sound of his drums was intense and he hit those drums with authority.

I would say the term Dynamite explains Ben Smith as a person and a player and someone that is such a stand out from most drummers I have ever worked with in my 41 years of this business. He KICKS ASS !!!!

Robert Lang,  Robert Lang Studios – Seattle

Ben Smith, Drummer for Heart

On Tour with Heart

Ben Smith Drummer, Heart 1994-Present

Ben Smith is a prolific and accomplished drummer based in Seattle, Washington, who has performed live and in the studio with Heart since 1994.

Highlights include playing on most network and cable talk shows, (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Ellen, Good Morning America, Today, etc); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Performance 2013; concert tours every year across the US, Canada, and internationally; studio recordings for Heart and Lovemongers, (Whirlygig, Lovemongers’ Christmas, Jupiter’s Darling, Red Velvet Car, Fanatic); also for Ann Wilson’s solo project “Hope and Glory”, featuring Sir Elton John, Shawn Colvin, KD Lang, and others.

You can hear Ben’s drumming on the film “Almost Famous”, with Nancy Wilson composing and performing.  These sessions, featuring Peter Frampton and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, included songs by the band “Stillwater”, and the film won the Grammy award for Best Soundtrack in 2001.

Ben also performed with Nancy Wilson and Mike McCready for the Cameron Crowe film “Vanilla Sky”, starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, including the song, “I Fall Apart”, sung by Cameron Diaz; and in the film “Elizabethtown” with Nancy Wilson; as well as working for many composers, producers, and artists on other recordings, on television, and in films.


Ben Here! For The Love of Special Effects!

I've had the opportunity to get to know lots of cool people while touring, and one of them is Amanda Pindus. She is a special effects technician specializing in pyrotechnics for touring bands.  At the [...]

Ben Here! For the Love of Young Musicians!

We who are grown-ups and are musicians can all remember the thrill and fear of playing with our friends at a very young age.  It is SO fun and at the same time a rite [...]

Ben Here! For The Love of Drum Tuning and Drum Tones!

As long as I've been playing, I've realized the importance of tuning, maintaining and protecting my instruments. Playing music is the most fun I know how to have, and knowing how to take care of [...]

Ben’s Interview with Nick D’Virgilio of Sweetwater, Check it Out!!

Sweetwater's resident drum expert Nick D'Virgilio interviews Heart's drummer Ben Smith. Ben talks about how he started playing with Heart, techniques he uses, his on-stage kit, Ben Smith Music Company, and much more!  

Ben Here! For The Love of Writing and Recording!

I'm sitting in the back of the tour bus writing this as we roll to the hotel. Tomorrow I go home for three days (although two of them are gig days), and it'll be so great [...]

Ben Here! You Gotta Love A Killin’ Band!!

In my career as a musician I've been astounded by the many great bands and orchestras I've heard and loved, and by the amazing variety of styles of music with which they shout out their [...]