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It could be said that the very existence of Warthog Promotions is down to the Daniel Smith Blues Band. It was their performance in Lowdham Village Hall late in 2004 that gave us the idea of promoting live music in the Hall on a regular basis. When we saw Daniel at a recent gig he told us that he is getting married in July and relocating to Malaga in August, so we thought we’d better get him and the band booked in before he goes.
Daniel was also responsible for a great Warthog moment when, at one of our very early gigs, we suffered a power cut during Daniel’s performance. Without hesitation, he leapt from the stage and played dazzling improvised boogie-woogie on the Village Hall piano until the power returned! Some people thought it was staged….. it most certainly wasn’t! (The Village Hall piano is always brought out into the main Hall for Daniel’s gigs).
Daniel has been one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the British blues scene. In 1994, he first shot to prominence with Sonny Black, gaining rave reviews from press, audiences and fellow musicians alike. 1999 saw him launch his own solo career and form The Daniel Smith Blues Band.
Virtuoso live performances, his acclaimed debut album ‘Southside Boogie’ – re-released in 2006, BBC Radio sessions, tours backing USA bluesmen, several Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival appearances as well as appearances on the European festival circuit have earned him as string of nominations as Best UK Blues Keyboardist.
As a solo artist and with The Daniel Smith Blues Band, Daniel mixes virtuoso driving barrelhouse boogie woogie with an authentic down-home blues piano style, reflecting influences from Albert Ammons, Memphis Slim and Otis Spann through to Jools Holland.
This is flavoured with refreshing and rhythmic Dr John/Professor Longhair-inspired New Orleans material and cool, classy Gene Harris/Ramsey Lewis/Herbie Hancock soul-jazz grooves; excellent original material and his soulful bluesy voice set him apart as an exceptional performer.
Add to this his dry, laid-back, on-stage humour, informative asides and an absolute killer band – (featuring some of Britain’s finest, most experienced musicians) – and you have a class act invoking a genuine sense of the old-time, good-time barrelhouse and speakeasy.