The Lance Almon Smith Band is one of North Alabama's premier blues and rock bands. Formed as a power trio in 2005, the band features original material as well as the blues and rock standards Lance is known for.
Lance Almon Smith -Vocals, Guitar:
Lance has gained an underground following as one of North Alabama's best blues and rock guitarists. As one Beale St. musician said after walking into a gig at the Tap Room, "That's one hot guitar player." But such acclaim didn't come over night. Lance's dad gave him his first guitar for high school graduation and while in college at the University of Alabama, he studied and practiced the licks of the greats. He even penned a few songs. After graduation he moved back to his hometown of Huntsville, AL and upon a suggestion from local blues legend Microwave Dave, began to cut his teeth at the local jams such as the infamous Sunday Night Blues Jam at the Kaffeeklatsch. In late 2003 he helped form The 4-Door Ramblers, playing all over North Alabama, from Huntsville, Guntersville, and Scottsboro, down to Birmingham, AL. The Ramblers were consistently voted one of the top blues bands in the Tennessee Valley by readers of a local magazine, the Valley Planet. They even made a few appearances on Beale St. in Memphis, TN. In 2004, drum master and producer Ardie Dean (from Taj Majal and Jerry "Boogie" McCain fame) asked Lance to play rhythm guitar on the debut album of Milwaukee blues great Lee Gates, who also happens to be the cousin of blues legend Albert Collins. The album, recorded in 6 hours in one night, gained positive reviews for its raw sound and tight rhythm section. In 2005 he left the Ramblers to form the Lance Almon Smith Band with fellow Blues Jam alums Nick Waldrop and Joe Harbin. While the band has gone through a few different drummer changes, one constant has always been Lance and Nick. In 2008, Ardie Dean asked Lance and his band to back up New Orleans blues great Alabama Slim. He has also shared the stage with Microwave Dave, Guitar Lightnin' Lee, Adolphus Bell, and even Frankie Avalon who made a surprise appearance at a Blues Jam one night. A student of blues legends such as Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lance is also primarily influenced by rock legends such as Eric Clapton and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. You might even hear a bit of Pete Anderson of Dwight Yoakam fame in there.
Nick Waldrop - Bass:
Nick is a veteran bass player having played in bands all over North Alabama for over 30 years. Playing styles ranging from blues and country to rock and funk, he is one of North Alabama's most versatile and experienced bassists. At one time he was even a regular on Beale St. in Memphis. You can also catch Nick every week as the house bassist at the Sunday Night Blues Jam at the Kaffeeklatsch in Huntsville, AL.
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