Steuart Smith

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Steuart Smith
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Background information
Born (1952-06-24) June 24, 1952 (age 66)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States[1]
Genres Rock, country rock, soft rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards, mandolin
Associated acts Eagles, Michelle Branch, Don Henley

Steuart Smith (born June 24, 1952)[1] is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, writer and producer hailing from Arlington, Virginia. He is best known as a touring member of the American rock band The Eagles where he has performed as one of the lead guitarists since 2001.

Current work[edit]

Smith was hired by the Eagles in 2001 after Don Felder was fired from the band due to legal disputes. He shares lead guitar duties with Joe Walsh, such as the harmonizing solo in "Hotel California".

In addition to performing live with the band, he played on and co-wrote several songs on the Eagles' 2007 studio album Long Road Out of Eden on which he also shared producing duties with the four band members and drummer Scott Crago.[2]

Smith was a member of Don Henley's solo touring band, and occasionally played concerts with Glenn Frey as well. He is, with a.o. Scott Crago, in Henley's touring band in his 2016 world tour.

His main guitar is a 60s Fender Stratocaster, but also is very fond of Ernie Ball Music Man guitars. The guitar he plays in concert on "Hotel California" is a custom EBMM double-neck that is one of only two in existence. The guitar is unusual in that the six-string neck is on top and the twelve-string neck is on the bottom. This is opposite of the way a typical double-neck guitar is set up, because Smith wears his guitars slightly higher than most guitarists, and so requested it be built that way.

History and discography[edit]

Smith is known for his session work with Rodney Crowell[3] and Shawn Colvin among others.


  1. ^ a b Kingsbury, Paul; McCall, Michael; Rumble, John W., eds. (2012). The Encyclopedia of Country Music : The Ultimate Guide to the Music (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. p. 492. ISBN 9780195395631. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2007). "Long Road Out of Eden". Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Michael, Bogdanov, Vladimir, Woodstra, Crhsi, & Erlewine, Stephen Thomas, eds. All Music Guide to Country. San Francisco, California: Miller Freeman, 1997. 78.