Ben Here! For The Love of Drum Tuning and Drum Tones!

As long as I've been playing, I've realized the importance of tuning, maintaining and protecting my instruments. Playing music is the most fun I know how to have, and knowing how to take care of the gear is one of the things that helps me sound my best. As time has gone on, I've learned [...]

2016-10-18T19:26:29-07:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: Ben Here, Ben Smith Music Company, Ben's Blog, Recording|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ben Here! For The Love of Writing and Recording!

I'm sitting in the back of the tour bus writing this as we roll to the hotel. Tomorrow I go home for three days (although two of them are gig days), and it'll be so great to experience the end of summer in my beautiful town, Seattle. This time of year is really special, partly because [...]

Heart’s “Beautiful Broken” Reviewed by Something Else

(Read Full Article by Something Else) Since the 1975 release of their debut LP Steamboat Annie, Heart has forged their own path in rock history. Founders Ann and Nancy Wilson shattered gender stereotypes with their hard-charging style, earning the respect of the then male-dominated world of hard rock. More than 40 years later, they look back [...]

Ben Smith & Friends – Meet Sue Pelino!

Ben Here! I’m in New York City touring with HEART and the Rock Hall Three For All US tour and visiting with my long-time friend, NYC resident - Sue Pelino. She’s fun, talented and hard-working, and a mega-success in the television and film music mixing world. She graciously agreed to chat with us and share [...]

Ben Here! For The Love of Starting a Tour! (Part 1 of 2)

Today I had the opportunity to see lots of old friends from the road.  The touring electricians and lighting people, the audio team, our backline techs, production and tour managers, musicians, truck and bus drivers, and local production and stage people here in Detroit.  Our Rock Hall Free For All tour with Heart, Joan Jett [...]

Get Ready for Some Ben Time with the Rock Hall Three for All Tour!

The Rock Hall Three for All Tour featuring Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick, kicks off July 14th in Clarkston, MI.   Next stop St. Louis, MO  7/16,  Noblesville, IN,  7/17, and Chicago, IL  on 7/19. Check out the Calendar for complete tour dates, this is going to be a wild ride!

Ben Here! Magical Musical World Tour

Royal Albert Hall as seen from the Drummer's Nest People all over the planet love to experience live music. I’ve seen it, felt it, and loved them back. Heart is gigging a run of shows in the UK this week.  After arriving in London a couple of days ago, it has been very clear to [...]

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 [...]

2016-10-18T19:26:32-07:00April 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]