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Saturday, March 14
11 AM – 2 PM
Derek Alan Band
2 PM – 6 PM
6 PM – 10 PM
10 PM – 2 AM
About the Artists
Derek Alan Band
“BORN TO A MAN IN A BAND ON THE BAYOU”
Alex Smith truly has music coursing through his veins. Surrounded by music from an early age, Alex grew up with a grandfather and father who both sang and played guitar. It wasn’t until the eighth grade that Smith caught the bug to play an instrument of his own. Picking up a guitar and learning songs on YouTube quickly led to playing at church and local bars.
In 2016, Smith made the big move to Nashville to pursue his songwriting dream. A few years later, Smith’s undeniable talent caught the attention of Edgehill Music Publishing where he signed his first publishing deal in 2019. Shortly after, he began a large-scale project with world renowned producer, Kent Wells. “I look forward to the release of my new songs,” Smith said, “featuring some of the greatest names in music: Sonny Landreth, Leslie Satcher, and of course, my dad, H.B. Smith.”
Smith has an incredible knack for writing which is something he is deeply proud of. Just like his idol, Dolly Parton, Smith vows to remain a “writer and story-teller first,” and use his music to give back to the people and places that built him.
Tim is a self-taught musician from a small town in Southeastern, Connecticut. Starting at a young age, he realized his voice was a gift and pursued expanding on his talent. He combined his voice with a guitar and jumpstarted his dream by winning ‘Best Talent’ at the 2011 Norwich Free Academy ‘Mr. NFA’ talent show.
After sharpening his skills on the mic and instruments, Tim began performing in 2012 as co-lead singer of the, then newly formed, Alternative Country band called Uninvited Wilson. In 2013, Tim won the Plainfield Country Music Talent Show sponsored by local radio station 97.7 WCTY, catapulting him and Uninvited Wilson to many new opportunities. In 2014, Tim stepped away from UW to join a high energy country band named “Branded Country That Rocks” as their lead singer and performed at a high level traveling up and down the New England region for three years.
In 2015, Tim tried out for NBC’s The Voice Season 10 and was granted the opportunity to perform in front of music icons (Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine) in the Blind Audition rounds in Hollywood, California. The amazing opportunity that The Voice gave Tim just solidified his passion further to keep pushing at the dream of becoming a big name in the country music business!
Now living in Nashville, Tim looks to create his own sound and style while exploiting his love for the bright lights to ‘wow’ his audience. Since his move to “Music City,” he has released a self-titled EP and has release numerous singles along the way, and is currently making a name for himself with his engaging presence and high energy shows.
Check out his brand new single, “Sandbar” available now for streaming!