Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and an intense performer who draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and humanist philosophers.
In his early twenties, Smither left his home in New Orleans and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-’60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses there. Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, “Love You Like A Man” and “I Feel the Same”. What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences is his enduring, singular guitar sound – a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet.
His Creative Alliance debut will be in support of his newest recording, his first in six years, “Call me Lucky”. The new record features Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye that pulls from deep in the soul.
SUN APR 15 | 8PM | $30, $25 MEMBERS (+$3 AT THE DOOR)