“With jaunty, spiraling picking, veteran singer-songwriter Chris Smither kicks off More from the Levee with “Lonely Time,” a song he first recorded on his 1972 debut album I’m a Stranger Too. Aside from a sashaying original, “What I Do,” the bulk of the tunes on Smither’s 18th album also draw from the past—they are previously unreleased gems from the 2013 New Orleans sessions that resulted in Smither’s stunning career retrospective Still on the Levee…”
“If you have to read this review to figure out this is a good album, you haven’t listened to this guy through his 18 LPs in half a century. But if you’re curious, you’ll read it anyway. So, go ahead, take off your shoes. I’ll wait. Chris Smither is one of the most consistent singer/songwriters in the business… as casual as John Prine and as comfortable as Tom Rush… These are the thoughts of a man whose
lived life well spent.”
Starting Thursday, November 17, hear Chris on the latest episode of the Basic Folk podcast.
The National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) is hosting its first fundraising initiative, a Guitar and Stringed Instrument Auction, from December 3-13. To help save live music, visit the auction website where can bid on Chris’s Alvarez Yairi DY-88, the “Blue Guitar” that he toured with for many years, and recorded his Happier Blue and Up On the Lowdown records.
“Our records show Bob Dylan songs have been performed over 130 times in Mountain Stage‘s 36-year history…Acoustic guitarist and highly regarded roots royalty Chris Smither shared a humorous story about being asked to perform as part of a Dylan workshop…”
Chris’s performance of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” on a 2002 episode of the NPR program Mountain Stage will be featured in a special broadcast this weekend of favorite covers that have been performed on the show.
The episode airs on 240+ NPR stations starting Friday, October 16.