Back in 'Boat with whole new bag

Bill Smith visits from Chicago for a CD release party

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Bill Smith, jam jazz

  • Friday, January 4, 2008, 10 p.m.
  • Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill, 435 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • 21+ / Free

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The members of Bill Smith were one week away from heading home to Steamboat Springs when they found a drummer for their band.

"We went through four drummers before we met this guy, and it was perfect right away," said bass guitarist Ean Smith. "We found him through a classified ad in the musical community, which is the last place to find one."

Smith and Dan "Dank" Koebnick moved to Chicago last October to pursue their music careers. Four months later, they have returned home with their first studio CD and new material they will play at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill on Saturday night.

"It is all new stuff and it is all over the place," Smith said. "There's drum and bass disco, hip hop, bluegrass, Latin rhythms, a lot of rumba songs and straight up rock songs."

In Chicago, the band members rehearse every night in a one-bedroom apartment that four of them share.

"Our drummer lives on the south side and has to fight traffic and drive 30 to 45 minutes each way everyday to practice," Smith said. "But it pays off if people come to see us and we are tighter than ever."

The Chicago music scene is a tough one to penetrate.

"We've been going to places and dropping off our CD. Half the time they probably throw them in the trash because there is so much unsolicited material in such a tight scene," Smith said. "There are a lot of good bands, but it's good to have competition. That's what we need to play better."

Although things are starting to fall into place in the Windy City, Smith still misses the Yampa Valley.

"We miss our home a lot and seeing our friends," he said. "We have to keep in perspective that it's only been four months, but our hearts are in Colorado."

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