R.I.P. Brad Smith (February 16, 1961 to December 15, 2016)
It is with a very sad heart I have to report that Brad Smith, AKA “Newbie Brad” passed away yesterday at 55 years old. He had told me last Sunday he only had six months left on this earth, but in truth it was less than six days.
I had known Brad since April 2004 when he became an active member of the Unfretted Forum contributing thousands of posts and becoming one of the core members and Admins. You can still read these posts, if you get time, and have a little insight into his humour and kindness.
He helped with the legal side of things when I was drawing up artist’s contracts for the Village of the Unfretted double CD and his duo “Newbie Brad and Pantha” (3 Pups Music) featured their track “Return to Unfretted”.
We first met in person at CBGBs in New York to watch the Tom Baker quartet, on the Friday night before the First New York Fretless Festival. He was there with Pantha (John Lee Hughes Jr) and the first to welcome me and my wife, Marina.
We hung out and generally had a great time but it would be a year until we met again at the Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival in 2007.
Above is the picture of the gang in Den Haag, freezing as it is February, I remember Brad saying he had never laughed so much in his life after our escapades, at one time there were tears of laughter running down his face. You can see why on this page.
Our last meeting was NYC in 2008 lots of good food and company, miss you buddy….
Radio interview with Brad & 3 Pups music