Smither's roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin' Hopkins in Smither's weathered singing and unhurried picking. So fine." — Rolling Stone. The bluesmen of the Delta and the Appalachian mountaineers made timeless art with just voice, guitar, and a stomping foot. And that is the root of New Orleans native Chris Smither's style, an insistent, understated groove featuring his trademark deft fingerpicking. The uninitiated, listening to Smither play live, might think two or even three musicians are pounding away. But it's just one man — guitar in hand, foot stomping, voice sure and steady. A master of delicate, intricate finger-picked melodies, Smither is perhaps the most talented contemporary American artist to wed the muscular Mississippi Delta with the smokey Appalachians. Guitar-heads are drawn to his blues-derived fretwork. The more poetic among us admire the "edge" of his seemingly casually tossed off lyrics. Smither's latest critically acclaimed disc is Hundred Dollar Valentine.
Date & Time
- September 30, 2012