The band’s style has been described by American Roots UK as ‘high-quality roots music that contains a blend of edgy country and British folk, played by a tremendously talented four piece band with excellent vocals and harmonies that few can match’.
All the members are multi-instrumentalists, playing a wealth of acoustic instruments like mandolin, dobro, banjo, double-bass, harmonica – even clarinet. Three lead vocalists – Scott Smith, from Wichita, Kansas, Steve Bell from Dundee and London-born Fred Gregory – bring their international mix of vocal and songwriting styles together to form the band’s unique sound. And double-bassist Scott Warman plays with many international touring artists, including Alice Wallace and Amelia White.
‘First-class musicianship and lyrics as Americana meets Celtic rock and much in between. It’s hard to believe that Porchlight Smoker and sticks of rock hail from the same British town.’
– Maverick Magazine
‘A timeless record, fusing elements of folk, bluegrass and country. Not every day you hear so many instruments played – guitar, banjo, mandolin, double bass, sparse percussion and even a jew’s harp. Lots of strings. I like that’
– Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
‘An absolute gem; sunshine music from the South Coast. Porchlight Smoker are a lovely band’
– Bob Harris BBC Radio 2