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Ben Here: For the Love of Music

Musicians love to perform. For us, trading musical energy between the musicians sharing it with the crowd is how we express so many of our emotions. Anytime I have the opportunity to play a show, whether is a big place to play with Heart, or a smaller one, I'm so grateful to get to fill my heart with [...]

From the Drummer’s Nest – The Ann Wilson Thing

Our next foray into TAWT shows is coming right up, with an Arizona/California run that will be a blast! For me, the big take-away of playing with The Ann Wilson Thing is not only the opportunity to perform with Ann Wilson, a world-class vocal artist fronting the band and making it all happen, but also how fun [...]

Man, it’s been a busy year already! (Part 2 of 2)

( Continued from previous post...) After a busy first few months of 2016, I leapt onto The Ann Wilson Thing for another week of shows around the northeast US.  We played Harrisburg, PA a couple of nights ago, now onto West Hampton, NY, Ridgefield, CT, and Annapolis, MD. Next we have shows around the US and then [...]

The Ann Wilson Thing Featured in the Capital Gazette

The Ann Wilson Thing Seattle Showbox 2015 Photo by Anna Knowlden Friel Maybe you've wondered if rock stars ever tire of playing the same songs thousands of times over. In a recent article for Rolling Stone magazine Beach Boy Mike Love estimated that he'd sung "Fun, Fun, Fun" close to 6,000 times. One [...]

2016-10-18T19:26:40+00:00 April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Ann Wilson, Ben Smith, Media Room, TAWT, The Ann Wilson Thing|Tags: , |

Sweet Note From Rachel Brandsness

I love hearing from people who have been inspired by music... Hey Ben, I'm not sure if you remember, but I was the guitar player you met last Thursday at The Ann Wilson Thing show at City Winery in Nashville, TN.  I'm the one who plays in the Deep Purple and Heart tribute bands, amongst [...]

The Ann Wilson Thing to be Broadcast LIVE TONIGHT at City Winery in Nashville!

Tonight I have the good fortune to play music with three singer/musicians who are some of the bestest ever!! Join us for a live stream of The Ann Wilson Thing show at City Winery, our regularly scheduled program will be augmented by Alison Krauss and Emmy Lou Harris. Some surprise songs and hilarity await! It's [...]

2015-10-15T01:06:29+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Categories: Ann Wilson, Ben Smith, Concert, Performance, TAWT, The Ann Wilson Thing|

Recording at Nightbird Studios in Los Angeles for The Ann Wilson Thing

I had a REALLY fun day recording "For What It's Worth" which is on The Ann Wilson Thing's upcoming release.... I flew in to Los Angeles at around 9:30am (oooo, 6am flight) to get to the fantastic Nightbird Studios in West Hollywood.  I was met by the handsome and talented Greg Crane from Yamaha drums.  [...]