Mr. Spencer Burrows

We had the pleasure of working Spencer Burrows, from the band Frobeck, this last weekend.

Spencer laid down tracks on 4 songs playing his Hammond organ. We started at 7am, not

a typical time for musicians, none of us had more than a few hours sleep. Spencer sure

woke us up. This was some of the most fun I’ve had working in the studio. Spencer tore it up!20160409_07484120160409_074841

Doing the Hand Jive

Me, Jeanette and Dan, doing hand claps for my song Rolling Home off the new album. It’s a blues shuffle tune and I came up

with idea of claps for a percussion effect. Not sure if it will work but it was a lot of fun.




Hanging with the Dawg


This is from David Grisman’s CD release party last night at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. It was a great show, with

a guest appearance from Mike Marshall for the encores. David considers his new album (David Grisman Sextet) to be

some of his finest work. It was recorded and mastered here in Sebastopol at Studio E. David plays on a song I wrote about

the Grateful Dead called Skeleton and Roses on my upcoming album. It won’t be out for a year or so but you can listen to

a solo acoustic version on a KOWS radio interview which is on my website.



Dan (Dr. Drums Ransford) laying Down Tracks @ Studio E

Here are pictures of my friend Dan Ransford performing overdubs on my new album.

Dan is a real craftsman.


Skope Entertainment review


Click to Read Full Review

Scott Smith’s “Sum of Life” is folk rock at its finest. Throughout “Sum of Life” Scott Smith weaves in a little tenderness, helping to give these songs a certain charm. His earnest, forthright vocal delivery serves as the album’s core. Lyrically the songs have a sense of reassurance that helps guide them forward. By letting this optimism shine through the songs serve as a kind of comfort. Lush in orchestration the songs vary from the hyperactive giddy work of “Payday” to the soothing sweetness of “The Best Gift”.

Gentle in delivery is the wordless opener “The Sum Of Life”. Particularly fine with its elegant tasteful string work the song teems with life without saying a word. “Eclipsing Moon” begins with a true burst of energy. This energy continues on “Blues Guitar Slinger” where Scott Smith develops a carefully crafted narrative. Shifting into quieter territory is the more introspective languid pace of “Bad Dreams”. By far the highlight of the album is the colorful sound of “Determination”. Aptly named the song contains a great deal of motivation, with longing for love. Showing off his impressive chops is the distorted electric guitar of “Over It Soon”. Ending things on a high energy note is the playful “Messing With Reality”. Full of blistering guitar solos the song simply soars.

Taking on a wide variety of styles, from honky tonk to folk rock to everywhere in between, Scott Smith’s “Sum of Life” is a pure joy.





Rockwired Radio Interview

Hey, Here is a interview I did last night on Rockwire Radio. It is an internet station out of Albuquerque New Mexico.

Thanks RockWired, Good Job!



The Sum of Life Album Review

Click here: Scott Smith Sum of Life CD Review – NeuFutur Magazine


Bad Dreams slows things up and showcases a unique sound that will resound loudly with listeners long after the composition has ceased to play. Never one to rest on his laurels, Scott Smith has the ability to unite these disparate styles to create something that is decidedly greater than the sum of its constituent elements.

The Best Gift is one of the best tracks on Sum of Life, due primarily to the slower tempo that is present. By having a more deliberate sound cultivated here, there is a certain gravitas that rings true from the beginning to the end.  Turn Out The Lights is a track that shatters the conception that late-album efforts are necessarily weaker than the initial cuts; the melodies that are hammered home here are assertive, showcasing a performer that is more than willing to change things up and create something special.

Sum of Life concludes with Messing With Reality, an effort that does a tremendous job in tying together the distinct sounds that listeners will experience over the course of Sum of Life. Scott Smith lays everything out for listeners on this release, and the open-book approach works well for him; this is clear, concise, and extremely immersive.

Top Tracks: Turn Out The Light, Blues Guitar Slinger

Rating: 8.1/10

Scott Smith Sum of Life CD Review / 2016 Self / 11 Tracks / /

KRCB Radio

Hey, I’m on KRCB radio tomorrow 2/24/16 @noon On Doug Jaynes show. Talking and playing stuff off the new album

along with Jeff Martin from Studio E and John Knudsen who has a new album out too. John’s album feature David Grisman.

You can listen to it online @


David LaFlamme

I was very excited to have David LaFlamme from It’s a Beautiful Day play on three tracks of my album. He’s a childhood idol and I was such a high point to get his signature on my music.

David and Linda still have a full touring schedule between the U.S. and Europe. What a life he has had, being right in the middle of the 60’s music scene. It was so much fun to hear stories about Woodstock and touring with Johnny Winter, The Doors, Dr. John and everyone else.

David was super gracious and wanted only to make sure his tracks were good. I was a little weird directing him on what to play.

I didn’t realize that David was the original violinist with Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, who passed away this weekend.

David played on; The Sum of Life, Bad Dreams and The Best Gift.

He is also on a cut off the next album which his solo brings you right back to the Fillmore days.david-denver2






Nina Gerber

I want to talk about one of the artists that played on my album, which is Nina Gerber.

She is a local big name who has played with just about everybody. I first fell in love with

Her playing when she performed with Kate Wolf. Sadly, Kate passed on at a very early age

And Nina rose to fame playing with artists like: Nanci Griffith, Karla Bonoff, Dave Alvin and Chris Webster. She owns the audience when she performs with her extraordinary Craft.

Nina played on three cuts, The Sum of Life (along with David Laflamme), and smoking slide guitar

 on; Over it Soon and Messing with Reality. She will also appear on my next album with more awesome

 lead on Drop Kick it.  

 One note: on the acoustic instrumental The Sum of Life, Nina played Kate Wolf’s guitar.