"NEW MUSIC THAT'S THIS GOOD DOESN'T COME ALONG VERY OFTEN" -Victory Review, April 2012
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.
Here are some of the responses to her music:
- "An extremely gifted songwriter from the Northwest, Cyd Smith sometimes sounds like a missing Roche sister on her fine self-produced CD.” The Bay Area Guardian
- “There’s no simple formula to Cyd Smith’s songs; refreshing, unpredictable, and quirky, they’re great songs that really work.” Laurie Lewis
- “A sort of Sheila Jordan of the folk/jazz beat, Cyd weds her flutey voice and alluring turns of phrase to a run of crisp rhythms, all propelled by indomitable guitar and lyrics that look sideways at life with a sharp, smart edge. She’s one of the best singers the Northwest can call its own.” Paul de Barros, Seattle music critic
- "Breathtaking...it's been a long time since I've been this delighted by a new recording...I salute and celebrate this lovely accomplishment." Bob Franke
- "I'm having a great time re-listening while admiring your breathtaking lyrics. Ahhhh!!! So many brilliant lines! You are so wonderfully unique!!! Kristina Olsen
- “Cyd is one of the sharpest songwriters you are likely to hear…she not only delivers her material in a uniquely alluring voice, her tasteful arrangements move from sensuous bluesy to hip and funky. Her songs are full of emotional tension, some tender, some tough, all impeccably crafted.” Sue Madden, radio programmer for KBCS, Seattle, WA
- “This is not your typical self-produced singer/songwriter project. There are no songs about war, old age, or the environment, yet this isn't another batch of love songs either. Cyd’s view of the human condition is presented with off-beat arrangements and on-target lyrics that continually jolted me like a swift but gentle kick in the butt. Here is loneliness with humor, love with no illusions, and tears that fall at different angles. . . This recording is full of surprises, and though the word ‘refreshing’ is overused in reviews, it certainly applies here.” Gryphon Gazette“