Chris Smither is truly an American original. He has distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years an 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 significant 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.
Reviewers and fans across 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 styles of his two major influences, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature guitar sound. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercial. He is best known for writing “Love You Like A Man” which Bonnie Raitt and jazz great Diana Krall have recorded.
“the Miami native has built a cult reputation as a folk artist with a healthy wanderlust, peppering his tunes with rusted blues, country, some jazz and a wise lyric….Newcomers to Smither’s five-decade, multi-album career are advised to start right here’ UNCUT
“Hundred Dollar Valentine is a thing of profound beauty; deep, sad, wise songs, allied to perfectly crafted arrangements, from a a man who’s live long enough in darkness to address the big, heavy questions with a lightness of touch” MOJO
“With a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate” The New York Times
The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.