Ben Smith, Drummer for Heart and Roadcase Royale
Ben Smith is one of the world’s most respected and talented rock musicians. Based in Seattle, Washington, he has performed live and in studio with legendary rock band Heart since 1994.
Heart, is led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson with Ben on drums, Dan Rothchild on Bass, Craig Bartock on Guitar, and Chris Joyner on Keys. In 2015 Ben toured with Ann Wilson’s side project, The Ann Wilson Thing!, (TAWT!), now known as Ann Wilson of Heart.
Ben’s new band Roadcase Royale, is led by Nancy Wilson of Heart and former Prince vocalist Liv Warfield, with Chris Joyner, Dan Rothchild, and Ryan Waters. Roadcase Royale has been recording non-stop and will debut it’s first live performance in March at the Rock Against MS benefit in Los Angeles.
Check out Roadcase Royale’s first single, “Get Loud” here:
Performances on network and cable talk shows such as Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Ellen, Good Morning America, Today; the Heart 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); and Ann Wilson’s solo project “Hope and Glory”, featuring Sir Elton John, Shawn Colvin, KD Lang, and many more.
Film and Television Work:
Ben has worked with myriad composers, producers, and artists’ recordings, in both television and film. You can hear his 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. “Almost Famous” 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.
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