Getting his initial big break as the bassist with '90s rockers Blind Melon, Brad Smith branched out after the band's 1995 dissolution as a solo artist -- proving he was not just your average sideman. Born in West Point, MS, on September 29, 1968, Smith discovered music via playing the baritone sax and snare drum for his junior-high band. He also taught himself how to play guitar, and began playing with another local burgeoning guitarist, Rogers Stevens, jamming away to '80s heavy metal as well as classic rock. After Smith graduated from high school and decided that college life wasn't for him, he and Stevens relocated to Los Angeles, CA, looking to form a band. Hooking up with singer Shannon Hoon, second guitarist Christopher Thorn, and drummer Glenn Graham, Blind Melon was born in 1990.