LES SMITH – THIS IS ME
MUSIC IS MY HEART AND MY SOUL. IT WILL ALWAYS BE PLAYING ALONGSIDE ME.
I was surrounded by music from an early age.
My father was a seafaring man and would often play sea shanties on his accordion. My mother was brought up on a farm and she loved country music, which she played when I was a child. Both of my parents have inspired me immensely.
FROM INSPIRATION CAME PASSION
My four-beat rhythm is unusual in country music. I developed a liking to this while travelling to my grandparents farm on a train when I was young. I replicated the rhythm of the sound of the wheels hitting the tracks on an old milk can with a horseshoe.
The tunes of various artists, in particular Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, Dwight Yoakhman, Alan Jackson and the Mavericks have influenced the way that I play and write my songs.
MY PREFERED EQUIPMENT
I like the deep, rich quality of an electric-acoustic guitar. I find that I am able to pick lead on these guitars on songs needing instrumentals. I am partial to Grench, Lorenzo and Gibson makes.