While studying, he was given the opportunity to perform as the house band at the Cotton Club with Etta James, the Whispers and many other artists. Gregg and The Shades of Brown appeared at the Downstairs Lounge and began to add jazz to their music repertoire.
He soon met Barbara Kemp, his now loving wife for more than 30 years. Soon to follow in was Stacked in the Back. Gregg A Smith, for the past 20 years, has been hosting his own radio show in Dallas, Texas.
Born To Have The Blues While it boasts some fine Downhome Blues "Full Time Lover" , even sweet Urban Contemporary Soul "Lovers Hangover" the dated production and flatness of the performances make the record sound like an artifact from the immediate posts trash heap for Blues music.
That's the Way 2. Louisiana Bound 3. Dance With the One 4. I Wanna Rock Ya 5. I'm Trusting in You 6. Love Is Amazing 7. Party Down 8. Fell in Love 9. Lovers Hangover Knockin' on Heaven's Door [Live] Full Time Lover Smith has a perfect Blues voice and deserves his propers.
Unfortunately, Smiths's label Ichiban, was winding down at the time of this disc's release and the project never had a chance. Stacked in the Back 2. Stuck on You [Remix] 3. Stick and Stay [Remix] 4. Jack Pot Blues 5. Walking the Dogs 6. Giving You Your Propers 7. Clean Up Man 8. Tired of Being Accused 9. Trouble Ain't No Thang Hot Love.
The latter a fine Southern ballad. The only misstep is the rap-polluted "Ain't No Thang". Forbidden Fruit 2. Hush Boy 3. Here I Go Again 4. Serious 5. Brother Ricky 6. Badd Habit 7. Stayed So Long 8. Here I Go Again 9. I Can't Go On Laughing at Us. Though he has a strong voice for it it was doubtful Smith could crash Freddie Jackson territory at this stage in the game.
Perhaps if he started as a balladeer? Overall, "Fruit" may not be what you have come to expect but it's a genuinely fine record. Has It Come To This 2. Tonight 3. That's The Way 4. Blues In My Blood 5. Stuck On You 6. I Wanna Rock You 7. Stacked In The Back 8. The Low Down 9. Money Talks Dance With The One Louisiana Bound Fell In Love Stick And Stay Knocking On Heaven's Door Like Frank-O Johnson he also has a strong singing voice able to deliver on many forms of blues n' soul.
Smith reminds us how we got our woman. Hey, the women get reminders too on what they used to do so it's equal opportunity. Next Smith puts on a vocal tour de force with "Tonight", a fantastic bluesy ballad that is part Ray Charles and part Johnny Adams.