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Aaron “The A-Train” Smith is a Nashville-based drummer and percussionist.
At the age of 20, Aaron Smith played drums on The Temptations‘ Grammy-Winning megahit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, and recorded with Ray Charles as well. In the fall of 1974, Smith toured with Czechoslovakian bassist Miroslav Vitouš in support of Miroslav’s Warner Bros. release Magical Shepherd. After that he studied under jazz drummer Alan Dawson in Boston, from there moving to San Francisco where he was a co-founder of the power funk trio Peter Bilt. From there he went on to join, Romeo Void, The 77s and Rich Mullins‘s A Ragamuffin Band.
Smith has recorded, performed and toured with dozens of other artists over the years, including Jimmy Abegg, Michael W. Smith, Margaret Becker, Vector, and many more. An autographed pair of Smith’s drumsticks can be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, next to a pair of sticks used by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.