Five Firsts: C.B. Smith of C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils
NAME: C.B. Smith
BAND AFFILIATION: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils
INSTRUMENT: Martin D-35, Telecaster, mandolin
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” by the Byrds (in their brief bluegrass incarnation with Clarence White and Gram Parsons)
2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … Peter, Paul and Mary at the Commack Arena during the Folk Scare of the early ’60s
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a Sears Silvertone acoustic guitar. I had seen the Lovin’ Spoonful on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” with John Sebastian strumming an autoharp, and (being a lazy kid) I asked for one for Christmas. My mother couldn’t afford an autoharp, so she bought me the Silvertone. Decades later I told Sebastian this story, and he said, “Yeah, I asked for an autoharp for Christmas once and didn’t get one either. It wasn’t till I had a hit on the radio playing one that my father finally admitted it was a pretty good instrument.”
4. THE FIRST SONG I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … probably some lame original.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … a nameless trio in high school. We thought we were Crosby, Stills and Nash.
C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils play their Albany CD release party for “Flesh & Bone” at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, April 9. Lost Radio Rounders will open the show and celebrate the release of their new live CD, “The Sunny Side.” Admission is $5.
BUT WAIT, there’s more… We’re giving away A FREE CD copy of C.B. Smith’s “Flesh & Bone” to a lucky Nippertown reader! (Read our review of the disc here.) To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations, Glenn!