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Programmer Profile: Smitty

The Show

A rockin', stompin' tour through the blues, rock and edgy folk with world beat and jazz accents. No room for the esoteric here.

About Smitty

As an avid music fan who organizes much of my social life around musical events I've had countless festivals and concerts light up my life over the years. When not attending live shows I can often be found at the computer reviewing cds for various regional and national publications including the West Michigan Blues Society, the Capital Area Blues Society (Lansing), The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association, the Jazz & Blues Reporter and right here at WYCE. In addition to reviewing cds, I've penned feature stories and blues artist interviews with the likes of B.B. King, Roomful of Blues, Buddy Guy, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Mitch Woods, Catfish Keith, Sherman Robertson, Candye Kane, Liz Mandville Greeson and a host of others for these publications as well as Blues Revue Magazine and Blues Access Magazine. I recently authored a feature about the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival which can be found in the Blues Source and WMBS archives.

While the music side of my life can be a bit sedentary, I take up the slack with long distance racing (25 marathons including 10 consecutive Bostons, 28 River Banks, etc) and downhill skiing.

In addition to my jones for all things musical, I've got a bit of wanderlust. I've had the great good fortune of travelling to all 50 states and parts of Europe with my family (there were some concerts involved!) My advice: Skip the freeways, throw away the maps and take every interesting back road that catches your attention. There's still plenty of interesting life to be experienced away from the commerical hub-bub of the tourist traps.

When not engaged in one of my hobbies, I crank away at the day job (lawyer) and am on various community boards, like the Grand Rapids Cable Television Advisory Forum, where I can pursue my goal of insuring access to the media by all citizens rather than just the big corporations, the wealthy and the well connected.

Oh yeah, I am a big fan of cajun cooking, Southern style BBQ and micro-brews. Let's throw some crawfish in a pot, grab a cold beer and crank up an old Blasters disc!!

Favorite Albums

Wow, this is tough. Not in any order:
Billy Bacon and The Forbidden Pigs- Una Mas Cervasa
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers- One Hour Mama
Michael Franti & Spearhead- Yell Fire
Robert Gordon - Robert Gordon featuring Link Wray
Muddy Waters- Hard Again
Shelby Lynne- I am Shelby Lynne
The Iguanas- The Iguanas
Bob Marley- Exodus
Delbert McClinton- Live from Austin
John Hiatt- Bring the Family
Lyle Lovett- Pontiac
Lucinda Williams- Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
The Blasters- Going Home- Live
Michelle Shocked- Short, Sharp, Shocked
Roomful of Blues- Turn it on, Turn it Up
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers- Live at BB King's
Dave Alvin- Interstate City
Zachary Richard- Live in Montreal
Springsteen & the E Street Band- Live
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes- Havin' a Party
Dylan- Live at Budokan
Joe Ely- Live from Antone's
Gaelic Storm- Special Reserve
Little Feat- Waiting for Columbus
Jimmy Buffett- Meet Me in Margaritaville
Aerosmith- Get Your Wings
The Stones- Sticky Fingers
The Who- Who's Next
Zeppelin- Vol 4
Tom Petty- Damn the Torpedos

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