Bruce Smith has been interested in music ever since he heard "Moonlight Drive" by The Doors when he was 11 years old.
"The opening guitar scared me. I felt the spirit in the room change. I thought, 'I have to have whatever this is that has this kind of power,'" he recalled. "I've never looked back."
Since then, Smith has embarked on a life of singing and playing guitar and released seven albums of original music.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Smith and his band, consisting of drummer and vocalist Ken Kirby and bassist and vocalist Justin Francoeur, will play at The Cazadero, 352 S.E. Highway 211.
Smith describes his musical style as original Texas roadhouse rock.
"It's straight ahead rocking," he said, noting that he takes inspiration from Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Smith has been honored with a Bose Los Angeles Producers Choice Award and was nominated as the 2018 Josie Music Awards Best Male Rock Artist. He's toured in Oregon, Utah, Texas, Idaho, Washington, Arizona and California.
"The biggest thrill is when I'm playing anywhere, and someone yells out the name of one of my songs. I don't care if it's (a venue with) 10 people or 100 people. That's the coolest thing in the world to have someone know one of your songs and request it," he said.
Smith is happy to be pursuing his musical dreams.
"If you told me as a kid that this is what I would be doing, I didn't think it was possible," he said. "I'm one of 10 kids. Growing up, I wasn't the best guitar player in my house. I wasn't the best songwriter in my home. The only difference is that I didn't give up. I just didn't quit."
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