G.E. Smith RNC house band brings rock cred
We're less than an hour into the RNC Tuesday's schedule and the Tampa Bay Times Forum has already heard the mellifluous, quasi-soulful sounds of G.E. Smith and the G.E. Smith Band, which is serving as the convention house band, several times.
G.E. Smith not sounding familiar? Your loss. The dude has significant rock cred. Smith (he's the one up front with the greaser cut and weathered face) played lead guitar for Hall and Oates from 1979 to 1985 before recording with Mick Jagger and David Bowie, among others. After leaving Hall and Oates he served as Saturday Night Live's musical director until 1995. In the years since he has toured with Bob Dylan and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.