Origin: Bryan, Tx.
Genre: Original Roadhouse/Americana
Years Active: 1985 - Present
Official Website: www.brucesmithmusic.com
It seems today that the respect for Roots Rock, Guitar-Slinging, and the Singer Songwriter has been going the way of the Old West...NOT ANYMORE.
Texas native Bruce Thomas Smith has shared event stages with such notables as Portland Legends Jon Koonce (Johnny & The Distractions) - Mike Mitchell (The Kingsmen) - Blues Legend Robbie Laws as well as Grammy winner Doug Smith (Soundtrack: "August Rush"). Other notables include national touring artist John Cleghorn (Dallas, Tx. band "Cleghorn") and International violin virtuoso Kim Angelis.
...Bruce is currently touring in support of his 8 CD releases to date...
GRAMMY MEMBER - 2017-20
2022 NASHVILLE MUSIC AWARDS Winner - "OUTSTANDING ROADHOUSE ROCK ALBUM "The Rising Jump"
2021 NEW YORK - ASOUCTIC GUITAR PROJECT - ORIGINAL SONG INVITEE - PERFORMANCE PORTLAND, OR.
2018 BOSE LAS VEGAS "PRODUCERS CHOICE AWARDS" - Winner "OUTSTANDING TEXAS ROADHOUSE ROCK ARTIST"
2018 NOMINEE JOSIE MUSIC AWARDS "MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR" (ROCK)
TEXAS NATIVE TRANSPLANTED INTO THE GREAT NORTHWEST
CCTV SALEM, OREGON INVITED PERFORMER 1-9-16
ROOTS ROCK INVITED PERFORMER KMUZ FM - 2-10-16
PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL INVITED PERFORMER - 2016 & 2017
BITE OF OREGON - INVITED PERFORMER - 2016 & 2017
INVITED TO SKAMANIA LODGE CONCERT SERIES TWICE IN 1 SEASON (2015) (and again in 2016)
TOURS INCLUDE THE STATES OF TEXAS, IDAHO, WASHINGTON, OREGON, ARIZONA & UTAH
INVITED PERFORMER @ McMENAMINS NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 3 YEARS IN A ROW (2011/12/13)
6 CD RELEASES SINCE '02 - (2 solo)
PART OF THE AWARD-WINNING CD COMPILATION "BRIDGES" - VOTED THE BEST COMPILATION CD @ THE PORTLAND MUSIC AWARDS
INVITED PERFORMER @ THE ANNUAL WEST COAST SONGWRITERS CONVENTION IN PORTLAND, OREGON
INVITED SHOWCASE PERFORMER @ THE ANNUAL OREGON / WASHINGTON COMBINED FAIRS & FESTIVALS CONFERENCE
HOUSE CONCERTS in DALLAS, TX - BOISE, ID. - RICHLAND, WA. - IDAHO FALLS, ID. - TUSCON, AZ. - SLC, UT. - TAMPA BAY, FL. - GRAND PRAIRIE, TX. - MEXIA, TX. - and elsewhere along the way...
ACOUSTIC SOLO or DUO
VIOLIN & GUITAR & VOX
BASS & GUITAR & VOX
"Among the best in original roots rock-n-roll, the "Guitar Slinger" label fits him well!"
Positively Entertainment Magazine, Portland, Or.
"Bruce Thomas Smith is a National Northwest Treasure!"
Doug Smith - Grammy Winner & World Champion Finger-Style
Acoustic guitar player
"A fellow troubadour and song traveller"
Mary Fahl - Former singer for October Project
"Wow, ANOTHER guitar player from Texas!"
Mike Mitchell - The Kingsmen, Portland, Or.
"Your CD (The Secret Dances) is chock full of fun and interesting songs"
David Zychek - (Nightranger, Airborne) - Owner Hombre records, Dallas, Tx.
"Bruce Smith probably doesn't eat Kix for dinner"
Oregon Coast Today Magazine
"...famed Oregon songwriters (written regarding Jon Koonce & Bruce Thomas Smith)"
Oregon Coast Magazine - (About the Stormy Weather Arts Festival Concert in Cannon Beach, Or. - Featuring Bruce & Jon)
"Smith's music is an acoustic marvel that lures audiences, and keeps them hooked."
Hitt Music - Los Angeles, Ca.
"It's Rock-N-Roll. It's Folk. It's Texas blues. it's EVERYTHING it needs to be to reach out and grab you by the soul!"
Donna Johnson - BAZZIRK, Austin, Tx.
"A Roots-Rocker of some considerable talent, good straight-ahead Rock-N-Roll"
Crow & Wolf Music, Woodstock, NY.
"There is a vibe to Bruce's music that makes you want to play it again, and again, and again..."
Eric Turner - ET Productions - Phoenix, Az.
"...a veritable who's who of the Pacific Northwest blues community."
Quoted in "Blues Notes" Magazine, Portland, Or.
"Bruce Thomas Smith is a Texas native transplanted into the Great Northwest. This award-winning Songwriter-Singer-Guitar Slinger fronts the "Boda Boyz" - ( for "Bodacious? ) - Twenty plus years of rippin' it up come out loud & LIVE for every show! He can play those guitars with just about ANYTHING, beer bottle, sauce pan, jelly jar..."
Positively Entertainment Magazine - Portland, Or.