Gene Smith Goes Underground.

Wearing a bandanna with a tie-dye shirt, Gene Smith settled into the padded chair at our Underground studio for a half hour long chat discussing everything from the founding and formation of the band, to the impact of technology and the brilliance of vinyl.

It all started in 2014, when Chris Henderson and Gene Smith decided to give a jam session a try. The two men became friends through many between set interactions Henderson had with Smith. Henderson eager to play after a couple of devastating health setbacks, offered Smith the chance to start a band solely built on Smith’s solo songs.

Over the next few years, the band acquired more musicians, leveling out at 5-8 highly talented players a night. The sound, a spacey jam, best is described as the merger point of a loose Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, and rocky Umphreys McGee. Somewhere, in the middle, songs like the melancholy “Twinkling of an Eye,” or the quirky and catchy, “Everything is Going to Be Fine,” reside.  [Listen Here for the full podcast including “Who Wants to Play” performed live]

The Gene Smith Band returns for their third stint at the Underground on 11/16/18. Tickets available online or at the door.