Steve Smith's Meteors to rain on Peppers
Meet Steve Smith of Steve Smith and His Meteors.
A Boone first-timer, he's hitting the stage alone Saturday at Pepper's Restaurant and Bar (240 Shadowline Drive), sans Meteors. "I'll be playing a solo," he said.
But don't expect to leave shorthanded. Think bluesy, think electric, and think variety.
"I play a variety of styles," Smith said. "I play traditional style blues, but I write my own songs."
While you may not recognize the tunes, you'll recognize the themes.
"They're the same themes that have traditionally worked, not necessarily in blues, but in just about every other form of music," he said.
Original songs give him an opportunity to relate to the blues.
"When you start playing solo, you want to do country blues," he said. "That doesn't really work for a white kid ... songs about picking cotton. I haven't picked cotton. I said if I want to go out and I want to play this music, then I should write about things that matter to me."
And that's exactly what he did and has been doing for 30 some years. "My first gig was in 1978," he said.
And he's still strumming.
So, why the guitar?
"I wish I had some epiphany to share on that, but I don't," he laughed. "I think guitar was maybe the most accessible instrument for me. I never thought that it would necessarily lead anywhere when I was a teenager ... You know, when you're starting out, you have your dreams and such, but you know, you're not very good."
Over the years, he's become pretty good.
"I listen to old tapes, and I don't think they're bad at all, but I think everything was leading up to a certain point where you say, 'Hey, this is what I'm doing, and I have managed to develop some sort of style ... Unfortunately, that takes a number of years to do. There were many years where I wouldn't play without a band."
Those years behind him, he's just grateful to have the opportunity to tour and travel.
"I enjoy the traveling," he said. "I kind of hate it when people whine about it, especially the rock stars."
He's not whining, and he plays between 150 and 180 shows a year.
"I really just like the enjoyment of being able to get out and play, to be yourself and not have any restrictions on what you have to be," he said.
Smith, who already has two albums under his belt, is working on an acoustic album due out later this year. Check him out at http://www.stevesmithandthemeteors.com. For more information, call Pepper's at (828) 262-1250.