Chris “Frenchie” Smith

Chris "Frenchie" Smith

Partner, The Bubble Recording Studio

Chris “Frenchie” Smith is a Grammy-nominated American record producer, guitarist, rock ‘n’ roll musician, and songwriter.

Frenchie began as a guitar player in the Austin noise-pop band Sixteen Deluxe in 1994. The band signed with Warner Bros in 1996. After Sixteen Deluxe disbanded in 2000, Smith formed Young Heart Attack in 2001 with Steven Hall and Joey Shuffield from Fastball. Young Heart Attack signed with XL Recordings in 2003 and released their debut album Mouthful of Love in 2004. The band did several high-profile tours with Motörhead, The Darkness, and Peaches.

Production currently takes most of his focus as co-owns The Bubble Recording studio in Austin, Texas.

Smith has produced records for many well-known acts including …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Meat Puppets, Slayer, The Front Bottoms, The Toadies, Gregg Rolie, The Answer, Built to Spill, Jet and Graveltooth. In 2007, Smith was nominated for a Grammy for his work on the Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Live A La Blue Moon album (Best Zydeco or Cajun Album). Frenchie has also collaborated with numerous Black Fret Artists (Wild Child, Jane Ellen Bryant, Calliope Musicals, Ruby and the Reckless, others) and is heralded for his unique and creative approach to recording.