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Interview with Gene and Chris
"The Original Slacker Podcast"

The band's musicians -- five to eight highly talented players a night create a cool sound; a spacey jam -- best described as the merger point of a loose Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, and rocky Umphreys McGee. Somewhere, in the middle, songs like the melancholy “Twinkling of an Eye,” or the quirky and catchy, “Everything is Going to Be Fine,” reside.                 

Gene Smith is a prolific songwriter who has been building his original song catalog for forty years...  

                  The Gene Smith Band - 'Plastic Covers'

Review of "Plastic Covers" in the music blog - Indie Spoonful

July 2017 show at Puck in Doylestown, Pa

June 21, 2017

"The songs are 100% original, the instrumentation is superlative, and this band delivers a gem of a performance. It is unfortunate that in this era, the most talented and cerebral bands are not always found in the arenas. Indeed, the music we heard last night - in this most intimate of venues - deserves the widest audience possible."



John Clark,
City Island Music

The 2017 Philadelphia Folk Festival

August 22, 2017

"One of the top 5 stage performances I've ever seen, up there with the Tokyo String Quartet in their heyday, and that Led Zeppelin reunion in '85. How they did it, after camping in a field for an entire week prior, is amazing, but The Gene Smith Band did it. See these guys as soon as you can."


George Rawlings,

Philadelphia Musician

The 2017 Philadelphia Folk Festival

August 22, 2017

"George's review was correct. The set that The Gene Smith Band played this year at Philadelphia Folk Festival was also one of the best live performances I've ever seen. It made my smile and laugh. It made me cry. It made me humble. It made me proud to be a part of this community."


Luke Cleary ,

Ambler Music

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