Sasha Smith has a story. He grew up on keys in Northern California, eventually getting himself snuck into bars to play before he even had facial hair. In his early teens he’d already put out a couple of records, gained radio airtime and was playing San Francisco festivals. Then, before he was old enough to vote, he apprenticed with Tom Waits and Les Claypool in their studios. Finally he made his way to LA. Before he could even legally buy a beer.
I don’t know how old Sasha is, but it’s easy to get the feeling he’s about 75 in a much younger man’s body. He’s been around. His hands, heart and soul are obviously tied to the black and white as soulmates. He’s traveled and played with everybody everywhere, new and old. You’ll find him regularly with Jesca Hoop at Hotel Cafe. And on occasion, if you’re lucky, you’ll find this humble genius playing his own sunny, animated instrumental songs that are sometimes graced with lyrics.
For his Luxury Wafers Session, recorded live at Chessvolt Studios in Los Angeles, Sasha was accompanied by Joe Carney on bass and Blair Sinta on drums.
Many of Smith’s songs, which often possess a ragtime, striding flair, are flavored with the character of Goldrush barroom days. Each is its own interesting adventure. Check out the videos and then go listen to the tracks below!
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