The association between contemporary bluesman/singer-songwriter Chris Smither and the Oaksong Music Society goes back to the very beginnings of the Society. Chris headlined the Society’s second concert ever in 2000, back when the shows were held on co-founder Bruce and Linda Wendt’s front porch in Oak Run. After a 16-year absence from the northstate, Chris was set to return for an Oaksong Music Society concert last November, but a medical emergency forced the show to be cancelled. However, he is now scheduled to headline the opening concert of the new 2016-2017 concert season!
Chris Smither is currently celebrating fifty years on the road as a songwriter and guitarist. To celebrate this achievement, Roots Magazine put Chris on the cover of their August/September 2015 issue and featured him in an extensive cover story. As the magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”
Chris Smither goes way back – to New Orleans in the 60s, when he first heard the music of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, to Boston in the 70s, when he m
et Fred McDowell, Son House, and Bonnie Raitt, who made a hit out of Chris’s song, “Love Me Like a Man.”
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.”
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