~ Finger Picking Guitar ~
Jesse Smith is from Wadsworth, Ohio. He has played music for over 50
years, mostly guitar. His first band was with his Dad's band, from age
13 to 17. He then played with other bands for 25 years. Jess kept
playing but mostly in his church group and giving lessons and filling in
with several bands on occasion. Jesse plays many styles of music
including, country, bluegrass, swing, big band, blues, gospel, classical
and rock and roll.
He has played at theaters, fairs, clubs, weddings, festivals, senior
centers, graduation ceremonies and many other events. He has played with
many bands and played solo performances, as well. He has met and played
with many great players.
Jesse is married to his lovely wife, Cathy (43 yrs) and has 2 children
and 7 grandchildren. Jesse recently retired from teaching at Wadsworth
High School. His carpentry class built a house each year throughout the
community. He has given guitar lessons for over 50 years. He has given
workshops and has been a regular instructor at the Cabin Fever Festival
in New Port News, Virginia for the past several years.
Jesse has been influenced by many great guitar players. Some of these
are Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Richard Hardesty, Jack
Blankenship, Robert Shaffer, Todd Halliwell and Martin Taylor....just to
name a few. Jesse is a life long learner and loves to share his
music with others. His favorite things to do are spending time with
family and jamming with other musicians.