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The Latest

Google Validation

This week I received a little validation from an unexpected place: Google's search engine. It has decided I'm a musical artist!. Let us all appreciate our robotic Google overlords.google-search-of-jeffrey-ryan-smoots-as-of-2016-05-15

Meditations for Robots 06 Released

Song number six in the Meditations for Robots Series is now available. This is a hard rock instrumental with lots of Geddy Lee style bass. It's available now for preview and purchase from CD Baby!

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Meditations for Robots 05 Released

Here's the fifth song in my Meditations for Robots series. I agonized over naming it, finally settling on "05." This song is meant to be a synthy lullaby for robots. It's available now for preview and purchase from CD Baby!

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New Addition to Dean Guitar Arsenal

I just updated my Dean Guitar Arsenal page to include a picture and description of my Dean USA 84 Lacewood. And, soon I will be updating again with pictures of my Dean Colt 12 string and Dean V Stealth. Here's the link!

Meditations for Robots 04 Released

Here's the fourth song in my Meditations for Robots series. After some more deep thought, I decided to name this song "04." Like "01", "02" and "03", this song combines elements of Duran Duran, Rush, and various synth-pop I listened to back in the late 80's. It's available now for preview and purchase from CD Baby. Please consider adding this to your collective.

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Meditations for Robots 03 Released

Here's the third song in my Meditations for Robots series. After some deep thought, I decided to name this song "03." Like "01" and "02", this song combines elements of Duran Duran, Rush, and various 80's Synthpop I absorbed back in the 80's. It's available now for preview and purchase from CD Baby. I hope you like this one too!

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Meditations for Robots 02 Released

Here's the second song in my Meditations for Robots series. This song is creatively named "02." This song combines elements of Duran Duran, Rush, and Mark Snow (X-Files) style synths. It's available now for preview and purchase from CD Baby. I hope you like this one too!

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Meditations for Robots 01 Released

I just finished up the first song in a new series of instrumentals called Meditations for Robots. The first song is imaginatively named "01." This song combines elements of EDM, West African Percussion, Mark Snow (X-Files) style synths and Alex Lifeson (Rush) style guitar. It's available now for preview and purchase from CD Baby. I hope you like it!

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Skyward from JRS - Loss for Words

Here's a video I created for the song Skyward from my Loss for Words album. Photo nerds may dig the 360 panoramic photos I used as backgrounds in some of the shots. Animations created in Blender.

Star Wars Fan Art Video

I've wanted to do Star Wars style visual effects since I first saw Star Wars Episode IV, at age 7. Here's my first try - hope you dig it.

Cornfed from JRS - Loss for Words

Here's a video I created for the song Cornfed from my Loss for Words album. Over 7,000 views so far!

Ambergris from JRS - Loss for Words

Video for the song Ambergris from my Loss for Words album. This video took WAY to long to create; over three months of nightly render and re-rendering in Blender. Don't think I'll be doing that again!

New song and Lyric Video from Continuous Audio Tranmsission

Continuous Audio Transmission (Nick Valenz, Jeff Smoots) have released their fifth song, entitled "No Umbrella". Wayde wrote the music and Nick wrote the lyrics. We also put together a lyric video for this tune.
You can listen to and purchase the song from CD Baby. For your eyeball enjoyment, please check out the video, at You Tube.

Video for Autumn in the Park Released

I decided to take a break from flying guitars for a bit, so here's a video for Autumn in the Park, from my album Spank Your Inner Monkey. Hope you enjoy it!

Video for Heartbreak at the Electric Taco Released

The third conceptual video from my album Spank Your Inner Monkey is done and uploaded to YouTube. It's raining guitars!

Lyric Video Released for Ship of Fools by Continuous Audio Transmission

CAT's first video is out now!

Fourth Song from Continuous Audio Transmission Now Available

Nick Valenz, Wayde Cooper and I have just released our fourth song, entitled "Ship Of Fools." It's available for digital download through CD Baby, AmazoniTunes, and many more. Click here to visit the CD Baby page and hear an audio excerpt.

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Video for The Enemy of My Enemy is My Meatloaf Released

I just finished and uploaded the second conceptual video from my album Spank Your Inner Monkey. If you look closely you'll see a couple of my Dean guitars in the background.

Video for Float the Boat Released

Here's a conceptual video for the song Float the Boat from my album Spank Your Inner Monkey. This is version 1 of the video. As I learn more about animation, I'll likely update it.

Third Song from Continuous Audio Transmission Now Available

Nick Valenz, Wayde Cooper and I have just released our third song, entitled "Vampire Desire." It's available for digital download through CD Baby, AmazoniTunes, and many more. Click here to visit the CD Baby page and hear an audio excerpt.

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     Please also visit the Official Continuous Audio Transmission website! Lots to see!

Review of JRS - Spank Your Inner Monkey in Progression Magazine

I received a review of Spank Your Inner Monkey in the Spring 2012 issue of Progression Magazine issue 64). Click here to read the review. My thanks go to John Collinge (Publisher) and Nick Tate (reviewer).

JRS on iTunes & Amazon

For those of you living in an Apple-centric world, there is plenty of JRS music available from iTunes. You can also get JRS music as physical CDs or mp3 downloads from the mighty mighty Amazon.com. I feel so legit!

JRS at the Metal Archives

I just learned I have an entry in the Encyclopaedia Metallum - the Metal Archives! Click here to view the page.

JRS Swag at Zazzle

JRS branded merchandise is now available at Zazzle.com!

New JRS Logo, by Jordan Kotzebue

I'm proud to present the new JRS logo, designed by artist Jordan Kotzebue! Jordan is a very talented artist, currently working at PopCap. He's also working on his own comic, entitled "Hominids". Check it out!

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JRS Music - It's All Available from CD Baby

(Click here to launch the CD Baby Widget in a separate browser window)

JRS Music Available for Commercial Productions

One thing I've wanted for a very long time is to make my instrumental music available for commercial use. I've finally gotten my toe in the door. I'm excited to announce that I've signed with Sounddogs.com as a Content Partner. Now my music can be easily licensed for video productions, commercials, etc.

I've uploaded 33 pieces of music so far, with more on the way.

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JRS - Loss for Words available from Amazon.com as digital download

You can download my instrumental rock album, Loss for Words, from Amazon.com! Click here to go straight to the page. I should also mention you can preview all the songs on the album. Enjoy!

Wings of Gold, Spank Your Inner Child and Loss for Words PRICE REDUCED

I've reduced the prices on Wings of Gold, Spank Your Inner Child and Loss for Words to just $7.99, from CD Baby! This new lower price is for both the physical CD and the complete-album digital download. The new prices will remain in effect through the end of the year.

Wings of Gold (my first full length album) is almost out of print, so I urge you to get your copy soon! Click here to hear excerpts from Wings of Gold and order your copy. Click the Wings of Gold album graphic at left on this page to learn more about the album.

JRS Swag available from Cafepress

Get your official JRS - Loss for Words tshirt today from Cafe Press. More cool swag will be available soon, including posters, coffee mugs, stickers, even beer steins and coasters.

Click here to go straight to my web store on Cafe Press. And, be sure check back often to see new JRS swag!

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 JRS ENDORSEMENTS

I'm a loud and proud Dean Musical Instrument endorser. I play instruments from their expansive product line--a breathtaking array of acoustic, electric, nylon string, and resonator guitars, as well as an extensive line of 4, 5, and 6 string basses--they even have mandolins and banjos!. My particular axe of choice is the Dean USA Hardtail. Check out my Gear page to see my Dean Guitar Arsenal. You'll be hearing Dean guitars exclusively on my upcoming albums. So, head on over to www.deanguitars.com and take a look, you'll be glad you did!

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Morley, produces the outstanding Steve Vai Bad Horsie Wah and the Steve Little Alligator Volume (as well as many other extremely cool pedals). I'm now an official "Friend of Morley", so my name will appear on the Morley website and in their print catalog. I used the Bad Horsie Wah and Little Alligator Volume extensively on my new album, Loss for Words. The pedals are both extremely quiet (great for recording), and extremely tough (great for playing live). Many thanks to Bill at Morley for getting me set up!

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I'm happy to be a Dean Markley Strings endorsing artist. They make what I believe are the finest strings on the planet: Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings. I used Blue Steel Strings to record Loss for Words, and Spank Your Inner Monkey, and they never let me down. You owe it to yourself (and your guitar) to try Dean Markley Blue Steel strings! Head over to www.deanmarkley.com for more information.

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All my music is recorded using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) from Advanced Design of Kentucky. ADK specialize in custom built, made-to-order high performance PC's. Catering to the high performance user (musician, gamer, overclocker), ADK provide outstanding service and support, and absolutely great prices. Visit ADK today and kick your computer experience into overdrive!

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I'm also an endorser for SONiVOX MI, makers of Sonic Implant sound samples. These high quality, professional samples are available in a variety of formats, including Kontakt, Giga, Kurzwiel, Akai, and Creative Lab's Soundfonts. If you want realistic, absolutely audiophile-quality sounds, you should be using SONiVOX sounds!

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