Smith is a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist (guitar,
dobro, pedal steel), known for
many years in bluegrass, country, and roots-music circles.
As a performer he started in the folk music revival and expanded
to bluegrass and electric country music; but his songwriting
also encompasses blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll,
Tex-Mex, jazz, and pop.
Besides performing at folk festivals and clubs all over
North America as well as in Europe and Japan, Mayne has written
songs recorded by Linda Ronstadt, David Lindley, Rosalie Sorrels,
and others. He has recorded and/or performed with well-known
artists including David Lindley, Geoff Muldaur, Doc Watson,
Jim Kweskin, Laurie Lewis, and John Fahey.
I’ve Been: A Songmaker’s
Retrospective showcases twenty songs he wrote between
1965 and 2007, mostly in new recordings. An earlier CD, Storm
Coming, features Mayne with his longtime
musical compadre, Mitch Greenhill.
in California for his work with non-profit music
(Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Sweet’s
Mill music camp), Mayne has also received national recognition
for writings on various music topics.