Mrs. Smith: Finally an Upper East Side Socialite Who Can Shred!

(Image credit: Jeff Harris)

When America’s next guitar savior takes the stage, she won’t be wearing leather pants, Spandex and flowing long hair. Instead, she’ll be a socialite from Manhattan’s Upper East Side who rocks her chain of pearls just as hard as she rocks her Ibanez JEM77 (“It has a handle on it like a purse!” she says) and answers the age-old question: What if Dame Edna and Yngwie Malmsteen had a child who was then raised in high society?

Mrs. Smith, a cat-obsessed lady of a certain age, is the alter-ego of actor/musician David Hanbury. The commitment to the ruse is no small thing — Smith has become a regular sight in New York City, where her high-energy busking performances, concerts and off-Broadway shows have made her a local legend. With her debut album, Introducing Mrs. Smith, she finger-taps all over songs dedicated to her beloved feline companions and public-television icon Bob Ross. It’s a suitably strange step in a guitar career that started in the Nineties, when Mrs. Smith was kidnapped by a Norwegian metal band, for whom she eventually assumed lead guitar duties after the original ax-man self-immolated (in Mrs. Smith’s appropriately loony lore, the group would go on to win the Eurovision Song Contest).

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Adam Kovac

Adam is a freelance writer whose work has appeared, aside from Guitar World, in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Esquire and VICE. He spent many years in bands you've never heard of before deciding to leave behind the financial uncertainty of rock'n roll for the lucrative life of journalism. He still finds time to recreate his dreams of stardom in his pop-punk tribute band, Finding Emo.