With the 2009 release of his sixth studio album, "Inception," Josh Smith has established himself as one of the most versatile guitarists in blues music today. A South Florida native, Smith's love for the guitar began at an early age and his varying influences, including B.B. King and Muddy Waters, are reflected in the music he creates.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Josh Smith's amazing talent on the six-string has turned many heads in the music industry, leading to session work and touring nationally and internationally with various recording artists, including Ricky Fante, Benny Cassette, Kelley Hunt, 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks and Grammy Award-winning artist/producer Raphael Saadiq.
Josh Smith Was Born October 7, 1979 In Middletown, Connecticut. Before He Was 1, His Family Relocated To Florida, Eventually Settling In Pembroke Pines, A Suburb Of Fort Lauderdale. At Age 3, He Received His First Guitar And At 6, He Started Taking Guitar Lessons.
Josh Began Sitting In With Such Greats As Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble, Joanna Connor And Kim Simmonds, Among Others. Jimmy Thackery Said Of The 14-Year-Old, “Josh Is Three Heartbreaks Away From Being A True Blues Guitar Genius.” At 14, Josh Released His First CD, Born Under A Blue Sign, And At 15, He Released His Second CD,Woodsheddin.
In May 2006, Josh Recorded His Fifth CD, Deep Roots. A More Traditional Blues CD, His Music Was Once Again Well Received ByBlueswax And Blues Revue Magazine. Josh Continued To Play With A Variety Of Artists, Such As Actress Taryn Manning, Universal Hip-Hop Artist Benny Cassette And Tara Ellis, To Name A Few. In January 2007, Josh Was Hired By 2006 American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks To Be His Lead Guitarist. They Completed Two National Tours From February-September 2007 With Monthly Dates And Charity Events Until June 2008 When Taylor Started Grease! On Broadway. In July 2008, Josh Was Hired By Raphael Saadiq. Since That Time, Josh Has Played Such High Profile Gigs With Raphael As Backing Mick Jagger At The Grammy Awards In 2011 And The Kennedy Center Honors In December 2011. Josh Continues To Tour Nationally And Internationally With Raphael.