Rolling Stone magazine’s David Fricke describes Chris Smither as, “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.”
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. His latest release, Still On the Levee, is a career-spanning retrospective double CD that 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.
Chris Smither will be returning to the Portland area for a performance at The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, on Thursday, October 9th, for a 8:00 pm show. Tickets are available through www.albertarosetheatre.com, $20.00 advance / $23.00 at the door day of show. This is open to all ages, minors okay with a parent or guardian. New York-based singer-songwriter Milton will open the show.