CHRIS SMITHER "Hundred Dollar Valentine"
Over the last decade Chris Smither has released one gem of an album after another. His music draws as deeply from the blues as it does from American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. Guitar-heads are drawn to his Lightnin' Hopkins/John Hurt derived fretwork; spiritual seekers nod in recognition at the hard-won knowledge and deep, sad, wise songs, casually tossed off in taut lyrics. And just plain music fans who have come to him on their own - or have learned of his music from the multitude of artists covering his songs - return again and again.
In June 2012 he released his 12th studio album, "Hundred Dollar Valentine". It sports his unmistakable trademark sound: fingerpicked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice. Mojo Magazine called it an instant classic: "a thing of profound beauty; deep, sad, wise songs, allied to perfectly crafted arrangements, from a man who’s lived long enough in darkness to address the big, heavy questions with a lightness of touch." Watch a video of Hundred Dollar Valentine HERE
Opener: Bill Bourne - When he was 2 years old, Bill was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances while his parents played community halls. The love of music and people gathering for celebration has been with him for his whole life. A multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, and veteran of the international blues and roots scene, he has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances.