Tim Smith

Tim Smith


Born in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Tim Smith came out of the box drumming at the tender age of five. A pro by 9th grade, he 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. 

After spending nine years in Beantown, Smith made the move to Los Angeles where he partnered with “Rhythm Arts Project” (TRAPS) founder Eddie Tuduri to grow Canadian RimShot Drumstick Company. In addition, he worked for industry giants Remo and Guitar Center.

Smith became a well-used music journalist for trade magazines such as Modern Drummer, Rhythm, Stick-It!, Downbeat and a host of others. He has been published more than 35 times, while garnishing many feature articles, educational workshop pieces, company profiles, product reviews, and in-depth interviews with drumming leaders (Luis Conte, Tom Brechtlein, Phil Ehart, Pat Mastelotto, Gary Chaffee, Ed Shaughnessy) and scoring two cover stories with legends Jeff Porcaro and Chick Corea. 

One only has to realize Smith’s long-term impact by checking out his influential alternative rock drumming on the self-titled, multi-platinum, Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning debut album from crossover super group Jars of Clay. Further proof comes in his 9-year stint with legendary rock group POCO.

Tim has earned an extensive list of touring and recording credits such as:  POCO, Brenda Lee, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Matraca Berg, Joey + Rory, Skip Ewing, JJ Johnson, the Platters, Peter Newland (FAT), Sky Kings, Louise Mandrell and many more.

His many years of touring have also afforded him the pleasure of headlining alongside artists like:  The Doobie Brothers, Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Edgar Winter, Dave Mason, America, Sonny Landreth, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jefferson Starship featuring Grace Slick, Clint Black, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Pure Prairie League, Firefall, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dixie Dregs and a host of others.

Though he was a long-time Nashville resident, Tim Smith currently lives in Western Massachusetts and is actively working on select recording projects and playing live throughout the New England region.  Visit his website for more information.