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Roadcase Royale

Feb 2018

Ben Plays with the Ted Brown Live it Out Loud All Ages Jam
Tacoma , WA
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ben Plays with DreamWreck at the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle Featuring the Glenn Cannon Trio
Seattle , WA
8:00 pm - 11:59 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

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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 kicked off a mini-tour in the LA Area May 31st with a first show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Later in 2017, they will begin touring with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band .

Date and ticket Information here:

New Single from ROADCASE ROYALE, “Not Giving Up”



Career Highlights

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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Check out Ben Smith on Drums for Carl Funk’s new Song “Trouble” on the cd Black Horizon

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