Well-traveled and versatile, Tim Smith has a reputation for playing just the right groove with just the right feel and a keen ear for the song.
Check out Tim's groundbreaking alternative rock drumming on the self-titled, Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated, Dove winning, debut album from crossover super group, Jars of Clay. Further proof comes in his 9-year long stint with the legendary rock group, POCO.
Tim toured with industry icon Brenda Lee for three years next to legendary bass player and Funk Brother (the late) Bob Babbitt. His credits also include songwriting maven Matraca Berg, Joey + Rory, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Louise Mandrell and a diverse menu other rock, country, folk, jazz, and R&B artists.
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Born in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts; Tim came out of the box drumming at the tender age of 5 years. A pro by the time he reached 9th grade, Tim was playing 5 nights a week in club bands and performing at the New England Conservatory with the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble and the Springfield (MA) Young People’s Symphony. A move to Boston after college found him studying with jazz greats Alan Dawson and Bob Gullotti.
After several successful years in Beantown, the West Coast beckoned so it was off to Los Angeles. Four years and 3 earthquakes later Tim had established his penchant for bringing deep grooves and a fearless edge to the table. While in L.A. Tim partnered with Rhythm Arts Project founder Eddie Tuduri to grow Canadian RimShot Drumstick company in the U.S. Tim also wrote for trade magazines such as Modern Drummer, Rhythm, Stick-it!, Downbeat, Drum! and a host of others. He's been published over 35 times with two cover stories featuring legends Jeff Porcaro and Chick Corea.
Tim currently lives in Western Massachusetts; actively working on select recording projects and performing live in the New England corridor.
Tim is honored and grateful to be endorsed by the following companies:
- DW Drums and Hardware
- Vic Firth Drumsticks
- Attack Drumheads
- Amedia Cymbals
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