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New Songwriter Toni Saddler-French Records with Ben Smith at London Bridge Studio

Ben Smith, Tom Hall, Daniel Christopherson Ben Smith recently played two drum tracks for Toni Saddler-French at London Bridge Studio– they were the first two songs she’s ever written. Tom Hall of Earworks Audio was the studio engineer, and one of her guitar teachers, Daniel Christopherson of Purple Treehouse Recording, was producer for the session. [...]

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    

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 [...]

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 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 Smith and Friends Brings All Star Line up to the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle, December 9

Ben Smith, drummer Heart, is back from tour and playing a two-show gig with his band Ben Smith and Friends at the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle, December 9 starting at 8:30 PM.  The all-star line-up includes, Marc Seales on Keys, Chuck Deardorf on Bass, Darrius Willrich on Vocals and Jon Goforth on Saxophone. In [...]

Ben Here! For the Love Of the Musicians In My Life…

For the Love of Musicians in My Life I have had an amazing ride throughout my career.  Through the ups and downs, the fatigue, stress and the fulfillment, I know performing is a huge part of who I am. It's so gratifying to be able to make music with talented people. To borrow [...]

2016-10-18T19:26:28+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Categories: Ben Here, Ben Smith, Ben Smith Music Company, Ben's Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Ben Here! For the Love of Drumming!

From the ancient past when drumming was used as a medium for communication of messages and alerts, to the current day usage of supporting songs live and in the studio, there have been drummers and rhythm artists. We are fascinated by rhythm, creating our own rhythm songs and grooves, and providing musical art to move [...]