J. C. Smith, 2006 Bay Area Blues Society West Coast Blues Band of the Year award winner is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an outstanding performer noted for his energy and charisma. Prior to playing guitar, he was the drummer for the Back to Back Blues Band. The Back to Back Blues Band released three CDs that were well received by Blues lovers and critics alike. In 2000, he emerged from behind his drums, armed with a Gibson 335. J. C. attacks the Blues as if he is being guided by the masters like T-Bone Walker, Albert King, and Johnnie Guitar Watson. The J. C. Smith Band's Midnight Creeper CD has been applauded throughout the United States, Eastern Europe and Mexico. At the 2003 Bay Area Blues Hall of Fame Induction, J. C. was awarded the best-dressed male artist. In 2003 he toured in Mexico and Eastern Europe to sell out crowds. In 2004 Smith released That's What I'm Talk'n 'Bout, co-produced by Grammy Award Nominee Joanna Connor, which shows masterful songwriting, outstanding arrangements, and traditional quality. This CD features a host of Chicago players including Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, who worked with the Muddy Waters Band for twenty years.The Latest release Defining Cool is the ultimate addition to Smiths Catalog. This CD displays skillful song writing, tight arrangements and sharp musicianship. He is also known as radio personality Johnnie Cozmik on KKUP F.M. J. C. feels that his goal in life is 'To keep the Blues alive and take the message to the people.'