A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting.
“Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” ~ Associated Press
His hallmarks include the fingers of an effortless musician, a voice as craggy and deep as the earth, the soul of a philosopher and master poet, and the foot-tapping percussion of a restless wanderer. ~ CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”
Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, 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 masterful combination of pure folk songwriting and intricate guitar blues are tangible signs of the singer-songwriter’s vigorous genius. A megawatt solo performer. ~ Wired
Opening set by Milton
NYC based singer/songwriter Milton has toured extensively throughout the states since 2005, as a headliner and appearing as support for Joan Osborne, Steave Earle, Sonny Landreth, Colin Hay, Kat Edmonson, Josh Ritter and many more. He raised over $30,000 on Pledge Music for the making of his most recent CD The Lady at the Bottom of the Hill. In addition to four full-length albums, he has gained a following for his blog (all about classic recordings, music history and songwriting). Milton has spent a good part the last year opening shows all over the country for his friend and mentor Chris Smither.