I am Smitty, and I play guitar... a lot. My current band and passion is a blues-rock assault project called Hurts Like Hell. The guys I jam and write with are amazing, and we have a great time recording and gigging. I suggest you hire us and buy our music so we can keep doing it.

I’ve been playing and recording for longer than I care to admit. I’ve decided to share my "guitarchives" on the web. Keep an eye on my store for more back-catalog, solo-projects, rarities, and fan "freebies" as I learn embrace this digital reality.

Want to learn to play or maybe refresh your guitar skills? I teach all styles to players at every level and focus on fun. Think about it: you’re learning to PLAY guitar, after all. If playing isn't fun, you're doing something wrong. I teach in the Olympia area, and will soon offer lessons via live web-stream for aspiring riffsters wherever they may be hiding. Is that you? Let's connect and "up" your gee-tar game!

Recording? I am also available as a hired-gun for your next project. Acoustic or electric: blues, rock, country, metal, jazz, jam... I love to lay it down, and can nail the take in short order. Whether an in-person studio session or a virtual handshake (trading files over the internet), I am your man. Contact me, and let’s work a deal.


    Hurts Like Hell brings a new depth to their brand of the blues and rock n' roll with Soul Conductor. Rich vocal harmonies, screaming dual guitars, thick low end, and fat vintage drum sounds punctuate the fourteen-song ode to summer. Showcasing the interplay of two unique guitarists' tones and stylings, this is a raucous, soulful guitar-rock journey.


    With driving rock anthems like "Lightning", "Shots Fired" & "Smoky Skies", the soulful and slithery blues of "Goin’ Back To Texas", "Crows" & "Maybe Baby", the emotional firepower of rock ballads "Broke Down", "Been Awhile" & "The Fall" and the downright dirty shuffles of "Long Long Time" & "Draw The Line", everybody will find something to like on this deep 14-song, 65 minute release.