Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, Rock
Somewhere between Johnny Cash and Lightnin' Hopkins, you'll find Chris Smither, whose first studio recording in 15 years, originally released in 1993, was re- issued by Tone Cool Records. A fixture on the '60s folk scene, ... more »
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Somewhere between Johnny Cash and Lightnin' Hopkins, you'll find Chris Smither, whose first studio recording in 15 years, originally released in 1993, was re- issued by Tone Cool Records. A fixture on the '60s folk scene, Smither also has several ties to the blues; he's been covered by Bonnie Raitt and John Mayall and is a devotee of Mississippi John Hurt. That's reflected on several tracks on this album, notably the fun, up-tempo "Already Gone" and the spooky, tension-laden "The Devil's Real." Smither's folkier selections are more of an acquired taste, especially for blues devotees, but in a way the Johnny-Cash-like rendition of "Killin' the Blues" is its own reward--and for the purist, it's followed up by the excellent "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor." --Genevieve Williams
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A Quiet and Enchanting Work of Beautiful Melancholy.
dev1 | Baltimore | 09/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Now here's something that one doesn't hear often - acoustic blues. Unlike electric blues-rock, where the performer can often inspire the audience with loud thundering amplified chords, acoustic blues is a bit tougher to pull off. Master pickin takes a Master musician. and Chris Smither is such craftsman. Happier Blues shows Smither's affection for the "less is more" school of rock & roll. Instrumentation, including a couple of guitars and a drum kit, is sparse. Production and post-production studio trickery is also lean. In the case of Happier Blue, lean means majestic string fingering, well crafted compositions, and lonesome "I got a ton of troubles" blues. Love lost is examined with tenderness in `Happier Blue' and `Magnolia.' And the devil is credited with man's troubles on `The Devil's Real.' Smither's blues are lonesome for certain, but there's a seductive beauty running through his music: the melodies of `No Reward' and 'Killin' The Blues' are gorgeous. All of Happier Blue is not so blue, the "happier" part includes a couple of uplifting rockers (acoustic) including `Memphis In The Meantime' and `Already Gone.' Smither's style is eloquent, cool and technically mesmerizing. The result is a quiet and enchanting work of beautiful melancholy."
Makes me want to go out and buy all of Chris Smither's cds
Leila Pisano | North Adams, MA United States | 12/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This music was sent to me in the mail as a thankyou gift for buying a Peter Mulvey t-shirt. Peter raved about Chris at many Peter Mulvey concerts i have gone to. I'm glad he sent this great mixture of music and vocal talent for my enjoyment.If you like bluesy folk music you will be very impressed with 'Happier Blue'by Chris Smither. He's certainly got a unique style and the foot tapping just adds to his uniqueness. Great CD!!! Makes me want to go out and buy all of his music."
How I discovered Chris Smithers
Leila Pisano | 10/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After 2 days of tedious conventioneering in Atlanta, Georgia, a cabdriver dropped me off ,along with some uninspired co-workers, at "Blind Willie's" for some local atmosphere and some blues. Featured performer; Chris Smithers. One minute after the show started, the tiny club rocked to brilliant, witty, original music and the artists's charming banter. We all wound up buying this CD (autographed, of course) and then more. For those quiet, introspective moments, the wisdom, humor, and superb guitar playing fit the bill. Thank you, Atlanta! And thank you, Mr.Cabdriver!"