"Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Smither's roots are as blue as they come." - Rolling Stone
It's a rare joy to get hooked on a musician's work on your very first listen. Rarer still to maintain that fresh captivation over years and decades. But such is the instant and resonant appeal of Chris Smither's music. In the tradition of blues legends Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins, he sets a simple, infectious groove with tapping feet and melodic guitar work - laced with profound lyrics and a voice like whiskey and honey.
"Groove is the essence of engagement," Chris says, "That groove, that motion-oriented swing feel, locks people in." For more than 50 years, Chris has been locking people in with his unique brand of folk blues. Like a master storyteller, he unwinds tales of wanderlust and wrong turns, lost and found love, humor and hardship, rusted dreams and earned wisdom that invite careful listening.
When we launched 32 Bar Blues in 2012, Chris was one of our first featured artists - so we're thrilled to welcome him back for two milestone celebrations: "Call Me Lucky" is his brand-new double album and first collection of new music in more than 6 years; and the book, "Chris Smither Lyrics 1966-2012," is a beautifully designed song catalog of his words and photos from the past half-century. Both works are signed by the artist. So grab 'em while you can, find yourself a quiet room and headphones, and get forever hooked on one of America's finest artists.
Chris Smither was our Spring 2018 featured artist and we have sold out of our seasonal supply of his book, but you can purchase direct from his website. For more info, click here.