Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' American roots and blues duo
comprised of "One-Man-Band" Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot
drums/harmonicas) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). Established in
2012, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky,
garage-infused rhythm & blues.
Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and A LOT of tambourine, they are able to create something rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints.
After playing their first casual gig together in East Nashville in the summer of 2012, Caitlin and Zack have hit the ground running. Playing an abundance of shows (nearly 200 in the past year), including a 7-week, self- booked DIY national tour (over 8,500 miles traveled), they recently were able to finish and release their debut full-length album (self-titled). Enlisting the help and guidance of Los Angeles-based producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives, honeyhoney, The Parson Red Heads), theyʼve created something expansive that runs the gamut, stylistically, from heartfelt, visceral and lyric-driven folk anthems like “Young and Golden”, to straight-forward, grungy blues and boogie as heard on “Steal Your Crown” and “Get Low”.
Smooth Hound Smith have crafted an intensely personal record where “every song sounds timeless and classic, like a forgotten hit from yesteryear” (yorktonthisweek.com).
They currently split their time between Nashville, Los Angeles, and their tour van.