Formerly the lead singer of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Smith launched a solo career in 1984. He was signed by Epic Records in 1988, who released his debut album, This Little Town, the following year. His highest-charting single, "I Wonder What She"s Doing Tonight," peaked at Number.
37 on the Billboard Hot Country & Tracks chart in 1989.
In 1993, Smith became the lead singer of bluegrass novelty group Run C&West. Smith also found success as a songwriter, penning Number One songs for Randy Travis ("Look Heart, Number Hands"), T. Graham Brown ("Don"t Go to Strangers"), Don Williams ("Heartbeat in the Darkness"), and Ricky Van Shelton ("Keep lieutenant Between the Lincolnshire"). In addition, he wrote "Big Ole Brew" which became a Number.
3 country music hit for Mel McDaniel in 1982.