About Ben Smith
Ben Smith's story begins in the seat of a Massey-Ferguson 282 tractor in the bottomlands of the Red River Valley on the Texas / Oklahoma Border. One day, at the age of sixteen, he had a farming accident where the tractor flipped over onto a barbed wire fence, and Ben got pinned underneath 6,000 lbs of metal, rubber, and fuel. Miraculously, he walked away that day with only a few scratches and an injured (but unbroken) back.
The next morning, Ben's breakfast tasted better than anything he'd ever tasted. He went to church with his family, but as the pastor woefully began with, "Let us remember that we are wicked and ask forgiveness for our sins," all Ben could think was, "Let's thank God that we're alive!"
Two years later, Ben discovered a way to keep that kind of excitement as the chords of a guitar pressed to his chest seemed to resonate through his bones. Around the same time, he discovered his singing voice while driving long miles in his radio-less pick-up truck.
Over the next few years, Ben honed his skills performing in college bars and other venues while earning a forestry degree at Texas A&M University. Since then, Ben has played primarily in the Texas/Red Dirt Music circuit, which includes a legendary and highly prestigious list of dive bars and dancehalls such as Blaine’s Pub in San Angelo, The White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth, Adair’s Saloon in Dallas, and John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes. Ben also performed at the 2010 Steamboat Music Fest in Steamboat, Colorado, as well as a number of other acclaimed music events.