Tennessee-based guitar and banjo virtuoso Tom Smith will bring his one-man, pickin' and grinnin'power house to Blastoff Coffee House in Hesperia at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.


While he embraces the Nashville sound and technique of legends Roy Clark and Jerry Reed, Smith ventures further. To create his sonic almagamation, he calls on a diversity of influences from Beethoven to Thelonious Monk, from Leo Kottke to Charles Mingus.


The result is often startlingly unique and fresh. Free of pop-music constraints, songs are varied, with free-wheeling energy and unconfined structure.


Smith is "completely free from the barriers of commercial music," according to Italian author Maurizio Angeletti. "The playing is, and couldn't be other that a reflection about life, and the conceptual transcription of it into music."


Smith's newest CD, "Juliet's Window," is a 10-song album with that features Smith, the exploring virtuoso, searching and often finding new musical territory. On the CD, he plays banjo in a classical-guitar style, slide guitar, flamenco-style and even Celtic.


Smith first appeared on the Northern California folk music scenes in the 1970s. Through the years, he's shared the stage with John Hammond, Jr. and Jesse Winchester.


Blastoff Coffee House is located at 17051 Main St., Hesperia. For more information, call 948-8813.