CHRIS SMITHER (Blues)
Like John Hammond and a handful of other musicians whose careers began in the 1960s blues revival, guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Smither can take pride in the fact that he's been there since the beginning. Except for a few years when he was away from performing in the 1970s, Smither has been a mainstay of the festival, coffee house and club circuits around the U.S., Canada and Europe since his performing career began in earnest in the coffeehouses in Boston in the spring of 1966.
Smither is best known for his great songs, items like "Love You like a Man" and "I Feel the Same," both of which have been recorded by guitarist Bonnie Raitt. Raitt and Smither got started at about the same time in the coffeehouse scene around Boston, though Smither was born and raised in New Orleans, the son of university professors.
"Any of Smither's Flying Fish releases or his HighTone releases (including 1999's Drive You Home Again and 2000s Live As I'll Ever Be) are worthy of careful examination by guitarists and students of all schools of blues music. Smither is still to some extent an unheralded master of modern acoustic blues. Fortunately, his festival bookings through the 1990s have elevated his profile to a higher level than he's ever enjoyed previously". ~ Richard Skelly, All Music Guide