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Robert Smith ~ Lead Vocals, Guitar, Song Writer
The sixth son of eight children, Robert Smith, grew up on a small farm in the Hayward hills over looking the San Francisco Bay. His interest was always in music, singing for his family and friends at family gatherings. Robert’s mother Delores gave him his first guitar at the age of nine. He immediately began to learn to play songs from his favorite Country artists. He started playing in bands as a teenager and has never stopped! Robert has evolved into a dynamic performer, with great command of the stage, as well as a talented song writer. He has spent many years fronting his own band and has shared the stage with many of his favorite artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Ronnie Milsap, Alabama, The Judds, Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, The Bellamy Brothers, Pam Tillis, Doug Stone, Joe Diffe and more.
These days, Robert splits his time between writing and performing music, and working on his ranch, and yes, he has a TRACTOR! Robert has collaborated with "Big Ed" for many years and they have written many songs together, so it was a "No-Brainer" for them to work together, and bring to life, a new band called BOOT HILL BANDITS. This project is producing a wide range of great new songs! Robert is constantly writing and recording to finish the new BOOT HILL BANDITS album with "Big Ed" and the boys in the band, who are all seasoned, top shelf musicians. Robert always puts on a exciting show and is looking forward to spreading the music of BOOT HILL BANDITS!
"Big Ed" - Producer, Mixing, Mastering, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Song Writer
"Big Ed" started his first band in 9th grade and has been playing in bands and working in Music ever since. Right after high school, he worked for the legendary Concert Promoter Bill Graham. He learned a lot about the live music and touring side of the business, which came in handy after he left BGP and started a long career doing Radio and Club promotion for several Major Record Labels, as well as a couple of Indie labels. Even though his specialty was promotion, he would be the "go to guy" to send out on the road with acts on the labels as Road Manager and Front of House Mixer, touring around the world. There wasn't much he didn't do for the labels he worked for! He has been privileged to work for, and learn from, several of the most famous Record Industry Executives the business has ever known! Having the opportunity to work with so many great artists and label people was a fantastic education that carried over into everything he has done and all he will do.
As a Producer, Mixer, Musician, and Song Writer, "Big Ed" has worked with multiple formats of music over the years, and has excelled at every one. With BOOT HILL BANDITS, "Big Ed" is acting as Producer, one of the Engineers, Musician and Song Writer. He has been writing songs for this project with Robert, as well as several of Nashville's finest Writers, who have many credits from multiple, well known Country Stars. These collaborations have produced a great group of strong, well written songs with a variety of themes and stories. "Big Ed" is eager for the opportunity to share the music and message of BOOT HILL BANDITS!