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Brian Smith Bassist of CAVO

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Brian Smith is an American Bassist from the band CAVO. His contribution to CAVO started when he was asked to join the band in October 2006 to support the band's indie release "The Painful Art of Letting Go". Soon after joining, the band starting writing new songs that would later be on CAVO's 2009 Major Label release "Bright Night Dark Days" from Warner/Reprise records. Other acts thePour, Brandon Holland.


Early Life before CAVO

He was born and raised in St. Louis County in Missouri. His musical beginnings stem from an musical upbringing from his mother Faith Smith who played the flute growing up and later sang in Grace United Methodist Choir that toured to countries across the world and his father Donald Smith religious dedication. Brian along with his sister Marcia and brother Donald would all sing in the children's choir at St. Andrews United Methodist church. All three took part in the tour choir program that took them on three choir tours across the U.S. Brian's love of music would grow from there. Teaching himself how to play the guitar he would later start a band with friends from school. He would later drop the guitar for a bass. The rock band was called Plain Jane. Plain Jane was a staple for the North County area and played several large shows in the early 90's and even opening up for bands like White Zombie, My Sister's Machine and Sinister Dane. The band would also be apart of a short tour called The Sweat-fest Tour and was the opener for Valentine Saloon the headliner. The band changed names (Ten Til and Skin) and members but the constant was Brian. Brian later met a guitarist named John Rudebeck in 1996. They decided to start another band call MindOverSoul. This would be a funk and R&B band. They carved out a distinct sound in the St. Louis music scene with a three piece horn section. The eight piece band (Bass - Brian, Guitars-John Rudebeck, Drums- Bryan Hoye, Dave Held, Butch Lyod, Keyboards - Scott Mayhood, Sax - Darrin Bryant, Matt Grzovic, Vocalist, Trombone and Trupet - Jodie Coffmann, Lead singers - Bruce Morrison, Angela Ueber, Jen Fauser, Jodie Coffman) would play most weekends the late 90's. On January 24, 2000, John Rudebeck would be the victim of robbery at Sunshine Daydream in the Delmar Loop area. John was shot and killed by James Needy ( The band continued on but things wouldn't be the same without John. He was Brian's best friend and the loss was something he couldn't ever get over. Brian would later disband MindOverSoul and start an new band called VybeTrybe with a few of the members of the old band. This band would become a Neo-Soul band for two years but Brian left due to creative differences. Brian would play in the St. Louis Cover band scene for years with acts like Peel, Harmony, Gargoyle Reign and Griffin and the Gargoyles. He would also start another original band with a few friends called Aethervox.


After joining in the fall of 2006 to support the band's indie release "the Painful Art of Letting Go" the band decided to start writing new music to represent the bands new sound with Brian as the new bassist. What was created would bring the band the Major Label Success. In fact, the songs "Champagne" and "Let It Go" were writing in the same week in the basement of Brian's house where practice was held. See for more.

Other bands

He would also start another band call thePour with former CAVO drummer Chad LaRoy, Vocalist - Jeff Lee, Guitarist Jack Wiese (BrookRoyal) and Guitarist Addison Bracher (Discrepancies). The band release two singles in 2014 "theVow" and "Animal" and the debut record "In the Midst of Lions" all of which are available at all digital music retailers. Guitarist/Producer- John DeNosky would help form the sound as the original guitarist but had to bow out due to his work constraints. Brian would also become the bassist to a St. Louis County Artist Brandon Holland. Although this would only last 2 years he has writing credit on one of Brandon's songs (Summertime Buzz).

Brian Smith is currently endorsed by Spector Bass Guitars, Aguilar Amps and Aurora Strings.


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