G.E. Smith: History of the Electric Guitar

One of the most in demand blues/rock guitarists in the world is a mysterious character who goes by the name of G.E. Smith. Millions of TV viewers know his face — and the unruly blond ponytail that was always falling across it — from his stint of fronting the Saturday Night Live Band.

After spending six years as lead guitarist for Hall & Oates, Smith became musical director of the popular weekly sketch comedy show. He led the band for 10 years, and won an Emmy Award for his work.

He’s also toured with Bob Dylan and played with a long list of notable artists.

After his tenure at Saturday Night Live ended, he and his wife, singer/songwriter Taylor Barton, created a critically acclaimed boutique label called Green Mirror Music. They are in their ninth year, releasing rootsy blues and neo-pop.

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