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Saturday May 11, 2013 - 7:30pm
Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers.
From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America's most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. He has always traveled his own road, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision. He has developed and maintained loyal friendships over the years with kindred-spirited musicians like Bonnie Raitt and the late Stephen Bruton while at the same time throughout his career been inspired by and inspiring to today's next-generation of musicians.
Smither's incredibly unique blend of blues, country and folk is pure, unadulterated genius. Smither's describes his style as "one-third Lightnin' Hopkins, one-third Mississippi John Hurt and one-third me". Smither plays a long-forgotten style of blues from an age when the differences between all genres was particularly hazy, yet he doesn't seem to be looking back at all. Chris Smither is the kind of musician that you point to and say, "This! You do it like THIS!"
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