When Super Bowl Champion punter Hunter Smith decided to retire from football after 12 years in the NFL he did so with a plan in mind. The first step was to strategically put together an eclectic group of musicians then couple them with an eclectic catalogue of self written biographical songs. Next came the challenge of melding a singer-songwriter approach with a very serious and unique country rock sound. He pulled it off. It is called the Hunter Smith Band.
Consisting of bassist Kyle Whiteley, lead guitarist Justin Langebartels, utility man and guitarist Ethan Ehrstine, and drummer Alex Reiff the Hunter Smith Band, based in Indiana, epitomizes all that is right about the modern era of pop country/rock music. "I'm not a discontent person," Smith says, "but I was growing unhappy with the direction of pop music for some time. Maybe this sounds idealistic, but I believe you can have both—artistic integrity and a relevant sound. That's what HSB is about." Smith contends this is not a typical "cross-over" effort by an ex-professional athlete. "I've been writing and performing music all my life. This is just the next logical step for me and for the band." And the next step is a good one. Crowds across the country leave a Hunter Smith Band show with the sense that they just saw a band that is going somewhere. Energy, musicianship, and rootsy storytelling by lead singer Smith (who has experienced a few things most front men haven't) combine to make a Hunter Smith Band show a one of a kind experience.
The band's first album offering "Green" has all of the hooks, melodies, and phrase turns you would expect from great songwriting. However, there is a depth of emotion sonically and lyrically across its landscape that is rare in today's music industry.