Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts are an ‘Alternative-Americana’ band based out of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Smith’s innate songwriting ability and haunting voice elegantly juxtaposes the unconstrained raw energy of The Wild Hearts. With over 1,000 songs penned & 10 independent releases, Smith is creating a self-produced legacy that began with his first song at the age of 18.  The music cradles all things ‘Americana’ at heart & at hand without shying away from a truly uninhibited pop sensibility. Crossing a wide array of genres, what gets produced has been compared to the likes of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kings of Leon.  Smith recently won 2nd place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest 2018 where he was 1 of 12 songwriters chosen out of 1,000+ entries.


Discography & Lyrics

Artists We Have Opened For :
Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled By Turtles, Hackensaw Boys, American Aquarium, Trevor Hall, Dylan LeBlanc, The Barr Brothers, Nathan Moore, Yarn, HoneyHoney, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Jerry Joseph, Langhorne Slim, David Mayfield Parade, The Steel Wheels and many more incredible touring acts.
Notable Festivals & Tours :
FloydFest 10, 11 & 16 | Floyd VA
Merlefest 2018
Bristol Rhythm & Roots 13, 14 & 15 | Bristol TN
American River Music Festival 10 | Lotus CA
Red Wing Roots Music Festival 1, 2 & 3 | Mt Solon VA
The Festy Experience 4 & 5 | Roseland VA
Jam Cruise 10, 11, 12 & 16
Fall 2013 & January 2015 Australia Tour | State of Victoria, AU
Fall 2015 Texas Tour | San Antonio, Austin & Dallas
Notable Notes :
NASA used 'Pour On Me' for their 2013 'WATER FALLS' Trailer
'These American Hearts' was voted #50 on WNRN's 'Top 100 Albums of 2014'

Press Quotes

"Their sound was huge — almost too big for the Local Roots Stage — and it felt like the amps would blow the tent down at times. But the warm sound lassoed us, hugged us all, and like a hypnotist’s spell, compelled us to stay put. I can’t help hear a bit of Dylan — both Jakob and Bob — in Bryan’s love-worn-leather voice and timeless words, paired with the band’s unique yet diversely broad instrumental style.  ”
- Katie Mitchell, Writer/Reviewer - (Sept 5, 2014)
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"The band encourages fans to experience its music live, and Smith does a wonderful job engaging with the audience...Smith has been playing music since his early childhood and regards the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch as some of his greatest musical inspirations. One thing that sets the band apart from the rest in the business is its powerful and genuine songwriting...He has a voice that no one else in the business has...Their genre can’t be put in a box. Their sound is so unique and powerful: I think gritty and raw is a fair way to describe them.”
- Gillian Dukoff, Writer/Reviewer - (March 3, 2014)
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"Smith and co. come to us from Dayton, VA, a small town just outside of Harrisonburg, and they bring the sounds of old Virginia with them. Their old-time Americana sounds have the sort of mournful longing you hear in a lot of folk music from music of the Appalachian mountains--but they can also get down with the more rockin' alt-country sounds of bands like Drive-By Truckers and Wilco at times, so this group will keep you guessing even as they keep your feet tapping."
- Necci, Writer/Reviewer - (February 26, 2014)
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"Like a wandering prophet, Bryan Elijah Smith roams the landscape of the American musical tradition, using words we all know to tell stories both personal and universal. He is marching the familiar cadence of an Appalachian waltz, but it contrasts with a steady singular heartbeat, his electric backing band, the Wild Hearts, that power his music into our modern world."
- Jeyon M Falsini, Magnus Music (September 7, 2013)
"It’s a pleasure and a rare one to boot to watch an artist continually get better. For most, the lifetime of backlogged creative exuberance on debuts and early recordings are the high water mark of their career. There are exceptions, often found in musicians who regard what they do as a work-in-progress, the long view informing every step. Bryan Elijah Smith is this sort, a precociously mature singer-songwriter marbled with a restless drive to refine and reinforce every good aspect of what he does....This feels young and modern but it has some of the same general public appeal and assured swing that AM radio had in its 60s/70s heyday. Songs like “Roses & Wardens,” the title cut, and “Run Around” are the sort most folks will dig right away and then want to return to again and again. The free spirited cover shot of Smith’s grandmother – who the album is dedicated to – neatly hints at the joie de vivre and gusto for a life that burns brightly inside this album. One imagines that lady would be proud of her radio-ready troubadour descendent."
- Dennis Cook, Writer/Reviewer - & (Feb, 7, 2013)
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"’s a perfect fit between the endless plays of Kings of Leon and The Strokes tunes. Bryan Elijah Smith has the same knack for hook-laden, energizing, populist wooing pop-rock as these established brands, and frankly this one is catchier than a lot of their songs...The scenes of a scruffy Bryan lustily mangling his guitar remind us of those filthy Calvin Klein ads in the 90s that got pulled...So, with this artist you get both Teen Beat potential and a tune you can dig. What’s not to like?"
- Dennis Cook, Writer/Reviewer - (May 24th, 2013)

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"One More Time revealed itself as one of 2011's best releases...Only in his mid 20s, Bryan Elijah Smith appears to be shot out of a creative cannon. This energy has been fully captured on One More Time."
- Jim Markel, Writer/Reviewer - (April 2, 2012)
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- Gillian Welch, comment left by Gillian on (Feb 12, 2009)

"Late at night and into the early morning, you could always find Moore holding court on the deck near the Jam Room with his extremely talented songwriting partner Bryan Elijah Smith." 
- Scott Bernstein, Writer/Reviewer - (Feb 10, 2011)

"...warm smoky vocals and winding lyrics could fool you into thinking he was somehow related to Bob Dylan and Steve Earle..."
- Jefferson Vineyard (May 31, 2014)

"One is quickly struck by what good songs they’re hearing and how well encounters a lively craftsmanship-minded music that’s contemporary but with sturdy roots dipping into much older traditions, crooning..."
- Dennis Cook, Writer/Reviewer - & (April 19, 2012)

“Still reeling from the incredible performance by Bryan Elijah Smith tonight. It's the type of music that makes you want to drink bourbon, that fills a bar like smoke, that makes you proud to live in Virginia while it paints mountains and freight trains and the faces of lost lovers in your mind.”
- The Camel, review by The Camel (music venue) – Richmond, VA (Aug 16, 2010)

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