Sam Smetana is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Clancy, Montana playing classical guitar. He spent his teenage years playing electric bass in a rock band. The band traveled around the US, signed a deal with a record company in Japan, and wore out three and a half touring vans. Sam eventually moved to LA and did some work as a freelance bassist before rededicating himself to the study of music at UC Berkeley, where he earned a BA in Music while studying classical piano and playing archtop guitar in jazz combos.

Sam now teaches privately and devotes his time to the study of folk, old-time, blues, swing and early country music on guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass guitar. Sam works for the legendary traditional music venue Freight & Salvage, tours and thrives as a creator and collaborator with Jollymonster and Rag Dogs.