Thee Jeff Smith

Thee Jeff Smith \\\"Aces and Eights\\\' by Victoria Renard
(Thee) Jeff Smith is a rock’n’roller for life. Having started a band called The Dwarves (not the SF punk legends) in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 14 he has continued to write, record, play and promote music for over four decades. In February 2017 Smith’s first act to play original tunes during his high school days, The Smart Dads, was honored with a vinyl reissue of their 1982 cassette-only release ‘Bummer Summer’ via New York City’s Radio Raheem Records.
There have been fits and starts and the usual substance abuse related detours along the way. Having returned to San Antonio in 2002 after two decades in Austin, Smith launched his current label Saustex Records in 2003 and has since issued over one hundred releases by artists as diverse as Javier Escovedo, Blowfly, Piñata Protest, The Upper Crust and BP Fallon in addition to many lesser known local, regional and international acts and his own band, the long running Hickoids.
Hickoids played their debut show at the long defunct and now demolished Villa Fontana in S.A. opening for Black Flag and the Meat Puppets in 1984. Hickoids were named “Best Country Band” in the 1986 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll and are widely cited as one of the originators and earliest practitioners of the “cowpunk” genre. After releasing several records for a variety of labels in the US and Europe the band broke up in 1991. Since reforming in 2008, Smith and the Hickoids have played well over 750 shows in over 20 US states (includin

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My approach is fairly simple. I attempt to summon the ghosts of 50s, 60s and 70s rock'n'roll by combining original yet familiar feeling rhythms and melodies with bittersweet and tragicomic lyrics.

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