Tune in at 4pm to hear Chris Smither live in Studio 2A on The Home Stretch. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original.
KXCI Presents! Chris Smither at Hotel Congress Thursday Oct. 16th at 7pm for an intimate concert in The Copper Hall, brought to town by Rhythm & Roots Concert Series.
Chris Smither celebrates 50 years with a career-spanning retrospective new double album, Still On the Levee, to be released on July 22, 2014. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, Still On the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.
The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master.
Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a
blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a ‘one-man band to the bone!’ Chris melds the
guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt,
into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues,
American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.
‘Link Of Chain’, a tribute album of Chris Smither originals with stellar versions by Dave
Alvin, Tim O’Brien, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, Loudon Wainwright III, Jorma Kaukonen,
Eilen Jewell and others will be released on September 16, 2014.
“Smither, a folk-blues singer-songwriter admired and covered by vocalists such as
Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris, grew up in New Orleans and told illuminating stories
about trying to be a solo cat in a saxophone and trombone city in the Sixties – learning
from Lightnin’ Hopkins records and the New Orleans-based bluesman Babe Stovall –
then running with fellow New Dylans like Townes Van Zandt.” David Fricke, Rolling
Stone, May 1, 2014