My Best Friend
Roger Len Smith is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Austin, Texas. MY BEST FRIEND is a diverse rock-n-roll record about the thrills and ills of love, released on Big Rock Entertainment. MY BEST FRIEND soulfully weaves through midtempo rockers, alt-country ballads, funk jams and power pop while investigating the complexities of love, forces light and dark. MBF features the hits 'Now You're The Enemy,' '(I Got So) Deep With You,' and 'What She Really Wants To Do Is Ride Horses.' For this, Raj's second album following his debut, NATIONAL BOULEVARD (1997), assembled another talented cast for MY BEST FRIEND, which he produced with engineer/percussionist Jeff Gross. Guest musicians include Wallflower keyboard guru Rami Jaffee, drummer/percussionist Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos), drummers Joey Peters, Robert Jolly and Andrew Kamman, guitarists Ben Peeler, Ann Klein, Jim Mason and Patrick Milligan and vocalists Shawn Amos and Capitol recording artist Shannon McNally. Soaring lap steel guitars, shimmering keyboards, guitars, dobros and stirring drums frame this captivating cycle of twelve story-songs. Since 1990, Raj has been a longtime bassist and collaborator for L.A.-based songwriters Phil Cody and Shawn Amos, and has performed and recorded with many artists including Mark Seliger, The Water Bunnies, Twelve Stories, Andy If, Five Easy Pieces and many others. Like his friend Cody, Raj hails from the Midwestern river town of Cincinnati, Ohio. Together they have toured the U.S. and Italy several times over. Raj has opened for such acts as The New Cars, Todd Rundgren, Barenaked Ladies, Warren Zevon, John Hammond, Carla Olsen and many more. PRESS RANTS: 'MY BEST FRIEND is a gem that deserves attention. Raj is an artist of great talent, definite crossover appeal.' --New Music Weekly 'Roots-Rock with substance and variety.' --The Islander 'Subtle, smooth spirit-lifting rock.' --Rockzillaworld 'An articulate wordsmith.' --Relix Magazine 'MY BEST FRIEND is a diverse record that flaunts hooks, taste and soul.' --High Bias 'A cross between Dylan, Zevon and Petty . . . crafty, knowing lyrics.' --Music Connection 'Thoughtful lyrics and alluring melodies combined with soulful music.' --Westside Life Magazine.