RW Smith | 2017 Wine Festival Artist

Originating from Texas, RW Smith began studying classical music, taking to the guitar with rock-n-roll flare as a professional performer by the early age of 12.  Performing his way through college and beyond, his influences included Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan and Liz Story as he began to compose an original style of progressive music he coined “cow jazz.”  In addition to pursuing a solo career, bands have included, The Landsman, Tallgrass, Bradford & Wolcott and Molimo, to name a few. Today RW’s deep voice and mastery of the strings and keyboard see him performing solo as well as in harmony with other artists both live and in-studio. Additionally a producer and audio engineer, RW is owner of Azurat Studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia (, actively engaging in a broad spectrum of artist’s needs; from composing, scoring for film, recording, mixing and providing live sound reinforcement services.  RW enjoys working with all genres of artists, burgeoning and professional, as he helps them expand their talents and creative enterprises.