Brad SmithPosted on May 22, 2013 by Heartbeat of a Planet

Brad Smith got his initial big break as a songwriter and bassist with ’90s rockers Blind Melon. Smith actually penned their breakthrough hit single, “No Rain” years before the band had formed. With their debut certified multi-platinum, Blind Melon appeared to have a successful career ahead of them. But tragedy prevented it happening — after only one more release, lead singer Shannon Hoon died midtour from a drug overdose, promptly ending the band.

But Smith branched out after the band’s 1995 dissolution as a solo artist — proving he was not just your average sideman.

Smith appeared on friend Joe Tullo’s 1997 solo debut, Scoundrel’s Waltz, and began working on his own first solo album. ┬áSmith also reunited with former Melon bandmember Christopher Thorn to form a new band, Unified Theory, issuing their critically acclaimed self-titled album for Universal in 2000 (produced by Smith and Thorn themselves).

The following year saw the release of Smith’s much-delayed solo debut, titled Mercy, issued under the alias Abandon Jalopy. Smith followed that with a second album, Death and Joy, in 2012. He is currently working on Abandon Jalopy’s third album.

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