Tim Smith

Seasoned Nashville bassist/producer on learning bass and the latest Mr. Groove album

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
January 31, 2022

Tim Smith is a well-known bassist and producer on Nashville’s studio scene. A native of the Carolinas, Tim comes from a highly musical family that includes his late uncle, Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, who was a popular radio and TV host with strong ties to the country music scene. Growing up in this environment allowed Smith to rub shoulders with musical greats like Johnny Cash and James Brown during his formative years. He became a professional musician himself at a young age, recording on albums while still a teenager. After studying music at the University of Miami, Smith relocated to Nashville where he soon began playing with the likes of Tom Jones, Dolly Parton, and Kris Kristofferson. Later in his career he would go onto collaborate with saxophonist Boots Randolph and singer Bonnie Bramlett to form the band Mr. Groove with his guitar-playing brother Roddy. Smith is also an educator whose experience includes teaching at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

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Comments on Tim Smith

  1. Fritz Carney says:


    Have you done features about the ergonomics of bass playing and string players concerning physical issues affecting performance such as arthritis and other maladies of the hands, arms, shoulders, backs and numerous other body parts necessary for playing string instruments? 🤕🤔

    I’ve attained the functional age of 70+ years with spreading osteoarthritis affecting my fingers and shoulders seriously eroding my playing ability: any suggestions? 🤨


    Fritz & The Cat(s)

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Thanks for the question, Fritz. You might enjoy watching this interview we did on the subject with Dr. Randall Kertz. Here’s the link: https://forbassplayersonly.com/dr-randall-kertz/

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