Jay Smith – solo artist and guitarist in Matt Mays’ Band – took his own life in March 2013. Waves of grief rippled through his immediate and musical families, his network of friends and fans around the country and beyond. This year Jay’s life will be celebrated in two special benefit performances, featuring his music, friends, and collaborators.
Dustin Bentall is one of those friends, and said of the loss, “It was a really tough time in my life, losing Jay to suicide. It was really tough for everyone who knew him. Even today, it’s still a very emotional thing to deal with, and honestly, I think it always will be. Our tight group of friends — we still talk about him every day. We miss him every day.”