Chris Smither’s new double album is titled Call Me Lucky, and he surely sounds like a man with no complaints.
“Call me lucky” are the first words he sings on the album’s first song “The Blame’s on Me,” and “on reflection,” Smither tells me, “I decided that I really am lucky in a lot of ways.
“I’ve made a living doing something that I would cheerfully have paid to be allowed to do. I’m healthy, I’ve got a family that loves me. Pretty hard to beat.”
Read the full No Depression article…
“It’s almost impossible to describe the full effect of good music, music that reaches deep…”
Check out this great review of Chris’s recent performance at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the website Pulp.
Watch Chris cover the Mississippi Sheiks song Sittin’ on Top of the World.
“I learned it 50 years ago and I just thought to myself, ‘I should slow this down because it’s not really a happy song,” he says.
Watch the video, or listen to the full Fretboard Journal interview with Chris.
Watch Chris perform 3 songs from Call Me Lucky in the studios of Acoustic Guitar magazine.
Hear Chris talk about songs from the new album, on the latest podcast from Fretboard Journal.
Recently, Chris performed at The Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting filmed the show, and you can watch a few songs from the new album, Call Me Lucky, online. Thank you to the OPB team, and to Billy Conway for sharing the stage.
On radio stations around the country this week, Chris will be on Mountain Stage with host Larry Groce, along with Bettye LaVette, Joan Osborne, and Nick Moss Band feat. Dennis Gruenling. Visit the Mountain Stage website for local stations and airtimes.
This week, Call Me Lucky, the brand new record, debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Blues Chart this week, getting it the title of this week’s Hot Shot Debut!