Cyd Smith

Cyd Smith

Singer/songerwriter/guitarist Cyd Smith calls her brand of music “progressive folk.” With a background in classical guitar, swing jazz, and American folk and pop music, she enjoys exploring the unexpected–lyrically, harmonically, and melodically. Steve Wacker describes her latest album, Wide Open Night,  in a rave review in Victory Review:  “Cyd’s musical intelligence and awareness shine throughout each of these songs…they are filled with gorgeous melodies, spry rhythms and lush harmonies.”

She began studying classical guitar in her early teens, then majored in music at Stanford University. While living in the Bay Area, she was introduced to the rich treasury of American folk music, especially bluegrass and vintage country music.  From there it was a smooth transition into 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s swing music, and she has delved deeply since into the guitarists, vocalists, and songwriters of that era. All these influences feed into her own highly inventive songwriting. She has produced two albums featuring her songs as well as the playing of some of the Northwest’s finest acoustic musicians.

A versatile guitarist and bassist, over the years she has performed with many luminaries of the national acoustic music scene, including Mary Flower, Laurie Lewis, Bob Brozman, Russ Barenberg, and Rebecca Kilgore. She has been a cornerstone of many Northwest bands in a wide range of styles from Americana to Classic Rock.

Cyd is also well known as a music educator and teaches at prestigious music camps around the country, including Puget Sound Guitar Workshop,California Coast Music Camp, and WinterSongs West.