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Check It, ROADCASE ROYALE Featured in Guitar World, Interview with Nancy Wilson

Roadcase Royale—a new band fronted by Heart co-founder Nancy Wilson and former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield—has a background that’s rich in rock and R&B. The band also includes Ryan Waters, Warfield’s lead guitarist and musical director, and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (drums) and Chris (keyboards). http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news/nancy-wilson-talks-new-side-project-roadcase-royale-and-rocking-against-ms/30902    

Ben’s New Band Roadcase Royale! Featured in PASTE Magazine

Check out Roadcase Royale featured in PASTE magazine. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/roadcase-royale-get-loud.html Roadcase Royale debuted it's song Get Loud at the Austin Women's March, January 20th. They will be performing at the Rock Against MS Benefit and Award Show, honoring Richard Pryor, March 25th at the Los Angeles Theater.   https://www.facebook.com/RockAgainstMSFoundation Ticket Link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1433377

Roadcase Royale Video Premieres in Rolling Stone Magazine Featuring Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield Check It Out

Ben's new band ROADCASE ROYALE was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine with an exclusive release of their video for their song "Get Loud!". ROADCASE ROYALE is led by Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield, with Ben Smith, Chris Joyner, Ryan Waters, and Dan Rothchild. You can read the full article Rolling Stone Magazine features "Get Loud" by Roadcase Royale [...]

Studio Mayhem with Carl Funk and his new CD Black Horizon, “Hell Can’t Wait/ Party at the Lime Pit”

We recently had the pleasure of recording with Carl Funk on his new CD Black Horizon as well as this fun video for the song "Hell Can't Wait / Party at the Lime Pit." Hell Can't Wait / Party at the Lime Pit from Carl Funk on Vimeo. Featured in the video and on the CD are [...]

Ben Here! For the Love of Following the Path of Inspiration

There are many times when life on life's terms means we have to defer our work on our art because we can't find time.  Or do we? Is it possible to live in the creative spirit and still handle the things our busy lives throw at us? The tools we have available make it possible to [...]

Ben Here! For the Love of Doing what we Love

It has been an amazing and thought-provoking New Year. I'm grateful, happy and inspired about life these days, it's so cool to be present enough to realize it. Realize, you know, to; 1. become fully aware of (something) as a fact; understand clearly 2. cause (something desired or anticipated) to happen I think about my [...]

Ben Plays with DreamWreck February 11th at the Highway 99 Blues Club

DreamWreck at the Highway 99 Blues Club Seattle, February 11th. Join Ben and the guys of DreamWreck February 11th at the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle. DreamWreck is a funk, rock, and blues band featuring Ben Smith on Drums, Brooke Lizotte on Keys, Jon Bayless on Bass, and Rod Cook on Guitar. DreamWreck's [...]

2017-01-21T18:09:54+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Categories: Ben Smith, DreamWreck|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ben Here! For the Love of Feeling It!

How expressive is music? It's so expressive that it can make you cry, make you laugh, work up your anger or calm you down when things go wrong. I'll never forget when I heard, "When Something's Wrong With My Baby, Something's Wrong With Me". The truth is that those of us who love listening to [...]

2017-01-19T01:13:21+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: Ben Here, Ben Smith, Ben Smith Music Company, Ben's Blog|Tags: , , |

Ben HERE!: For the Love of Starting a Band!

Ben Smith, Liv Wafrield, Chris Joyner, Nancy Wilson, Ryan Waters, and Dan Rothchild Recently I was invited by Nancy Wilson of Heart to join her and Liv Warfield in a new band.  "Roadcase" is the name, with my extremely talented bandmates Ryan Waters, Dan Rothchild, and Chris Joyner. Having worked with Ann and [...]

2017-01-12T00:56:37+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Categories: Ben Smith, Ben's Blog, Roadcase|Tags: , , , , , |

Ben Sits in with Cephalopod at the Sea Monster Lounge in Seattle January 8

Sunday, January 8, Ben Sits in with Cephalopod at the Seamonster Lounge in Seattle.  Ben Smith, Joe Doria, Thaddeus Turner, Mark Mattrey, Chris Poage, Charlie Akeley, plus surprise guests... Music starts at 9pm, no cover, come groove with us!   Seamonster Lounge 2202 N45TH St. Seattle, Washington 98103