Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts
Their unique sound defined by their raw energy & Smith's unabashedly genuine songwriting & voice makes this band one worth not only listening to but experiencing live. Smith has opened for such acts as Nathan Moore, The Barr Brothers (at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC), Paul Curreri, Trent Wagler, Fastball, Emmitt-Nershi Band and Corey Smith (at Wilson Hall in Harrisonburg, VA). Smith has also jammed/performed with Steve Kimock, Zach Gill (of ALO & Jack Johnson's band), Greensky Bluegrass, Brock Butler (of Perpetual Groove), Jerry Joseph, Trevor Garrod & Reed Mathis (of Tea Leaf Green), Hot Buttered Rum and Pimps of Joytime on Jam Cruise 9 & 11. Smith has a catalog of over 500 original songs, released 7 full legnth albums since October 2009, performed up and down the entire East Coast of America, toured Australia in the Fall of 2013 & has perfomed in Roatan Honduras. NASA recently took notice & used 'Pour On Me' for their 2013 'Water Falls' movie trailer. Smith & the Wilds Hearts have opened for Langhorne Slim & David Mayfield Parade (at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA), Trampled by Turtles & Old Crow Medicine Show on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage at FloydFest X, Justin Jones, Trevor Hall, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Sons of Bill & The Steel Wheels. They recently had the honor of performing at the newly renovated & prestigious State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia featuring special guest Krista Polvere as well as the Main Stage at The Festy Experience in Roseland, VA as a duo with Nathan Moore opening for Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers. Smith is set to travel to Australia this fall where he will be performing 5 shows followed by Jam Cruise 12 at the start of 2014.
The latest album, Turn It Up, was recorded like they did back in the 60's. Released on October 3rd, 2012, "Turn It Up" consists of 11 original Alternative-Americana tracks written & produced by Bryan Elijah Smith. The Wild Hearts, consisting of Jeff Miller on piano, banjo & vox, Justin Shifflett on drums & Tyler Reardon on bass, helped fuel the fire behind this record with their raw energy & distinguishable sound. Recorded, engineered & mixed by Bryan Elijah Smith at Empty Sound Productions in Dayton, VA. Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering (The Shins, Lera Lynn, The Black Keys, Ryan Bingham & Eric Clapton).
John Tyler Reardon