Teachers at the Old Town School

Aaron Smith

Guitar, Bass

Aaron’s journey with music has followed a varied route. After a childhood spent exploring the electric bass and performing in as many venues as possible, he initially chose not to pursue music full-time, and began attending liberal arts school in Athens, Ohio. It was here, however, that he became introduced to bluegrass and old-time music, and took up the upright bass. Over the course of the next three years, Aaron pursued classical training while receiving his roots music education on the road with the old-time group The Sandy Tar String Band. This ensemble traveled throughout the United States, Scandinavia, and Central Europe, learning traditional songs and melodies, playing club and festival shows, and busking on a daily basis.

Aaron settled in Chicago in 2014 and currently plays full-time as a bassist, vocalist, guitarist, and banjoist with Growler, The Wandering Boys, Joybird, Sunnyside Up, and more. He is a member of the thriving scene that surrounds Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and, although a bluegrass musician by trade, regularly enters into the worlds of blues, jazz, country music, rockabilly, and contemporary rock and experimental music. He has performed with such musicians as The Henhouse Prowlers, Oh, Pep!, Tall Heights, Matt Brown, Rachel Eddy, Jim Becker, Steve Rosen, and Eric Lambert.

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2014

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