Daniel Justin Smith

For fans of: Ray LaMontagne, Darrell Scott and Jason Isbell.

Born and raised in a small community tucked between the New River and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Daniel Justin Smith comes from the same mountain region as music icon Doc Watson. Smith also practices Watson’s musical mindset of “traditional plus” by creating music celebrating the mountain heritage of his upbringing while including elements from outside his own way of life.

As a writer, Smith draws influence from both early Appalachian pioneers, such as The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, and Norman Blake as well as more recent songsmiths including John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, and Darrell Scott. He has collaborated with such artists as Jim Lauderdale and Malcolm Holcombe, and performed at such noteworthy venues as FloydFest, House of Blues, Ziggy’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Lincoln Theatre, and Music City Roots while at the helm of his former band, BIG DADDY LOVE.

Currently, Smith is focused on his true passions in life, his family and songwriting. In addition to his performance schedule, Smith is also exploring co-writing and multiple recording projects, as a means of continuously honing his craft. Further, he is developing and presenting programs on the art of creating songs.

Smith’s organic style and progressive mind are evident in both his recorded work and live concerts. His dynamic attack on the acoustic guitar, fiery vocals, and captivating stories told through heartfelt lyrics blend effortlessly to produce gripping performances. Dr. Ralph Stanley once said, “The ‘it’ is called soul, you either have it or you don’t.” Daniel Justin Smith has a soul worth listening to.

“The narrative and Smith’s delivery are so damn clever. Daniel Smith is one hell of a composer, writer, and singer. That’s what those shivers climbing up your spine are telling you.”
-FAME (Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange)

“Forever Rain is perhaps one of the greatest songs ever made.”
-Mountain Times

“Daniel Justin Smith allows the roots of his Appalachian upbringing to seep into his soulful songwriting…laying emotions bare as he sings wise tunes about family, love and the country life above acoustic guitar and mandolin.”

$6 online / $8 at the door


Daniel Justin Smith Kick Drum Kids' Show is an interactive performance that will have children dancing, singing, and smiling. Throughout the program, kids will learn a variety of musical concepts such as counting, dynamics, and song structure as well as appropriate behaviors of audience members. Kick-drum Kids' Shows deliver a positive message through Smith's optimistic and upbeat songs.

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