Blind Bobby Smith releases new CDWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
Robert “Blind Bobby” Smith has been sharing his creative gift with local music lovers for decades and he isn’t about to stop. The legendary guitarist will perform tunes from his recently completed album “Keepin’ It Real” from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m. July 2 at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA).
The album, which was recorded by Andrew Appold’s Parallax Studios during a period of several years, is Smith’s first full-length release in a decade. Other artists on the record include Chris Aftoora, John Rae, Gloria J. Smith, the late Ron “Crawdaddy” Crawford, Mike Hayes and Redus Boykin.
“I was on my boat and Andrew happened to be on the water as well and he said that he had been looking for me and wanted to cut my next album,” Smith said. “He had seen me perform live a few times and that’s how I wound up recording at Parallax. He has put an awful lot of faith in me, and I just want to go out and play and reward that trust. I’m a show all by myself, all I need is my guitar.”
Smith’s last album was recorded at BGSU and was released in a limited run of 500-600 copies. Before that he worked as a session musician for artists such as T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King, touring the country playing such venues as Griffin’s Hines Farm Blues Club.
Smith, who is legally blind, found himself surrounded by family support when he moved to Toledo from Chattanooga in 1945.
“My mother was in my corner 150 percent, she came to a lot of my shows, and a number of people in my family make music, including my granddaughter, who will be playing with me at the museum. I used to have a seven-piece band, but I gave that up around 10 years ago. I’m a disciplined person and you always have this person or that person coming in late. I play every day, usually for one hour in the morning and another hour at night.”
Smith is booking future shows and working on another album to be recorded by Parallax. “Keepin’ It Real” can be purchased locally at Culture Clash and Ramalama Records. The TMA show is free and will be outdoors, weather permitting. Also featured will be Princess Tiona.
For more information, call (419) 255-8000 or visit www.blindbobbysmith.com.