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 (over 200 in the past year), including numerous, self- booked DIY national tours (over 30,000 road miles traveled to date), 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 stylistic gamut 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 that has received "top adds" on AmericanaRadio.org in early 2014, as well as garnered attention from media outlets such as Nashville's independent radio, WRLT Lightning 100, and publications like American Songwriter and RELIX Magazine; this is a 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.