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It’s easy to see that Chris Smither’s primary touchstone is acoustic blues, once describing his guitar style as “one third Lightnin’ Hopkins, one third Mississippi John Hurt and one-third me.” Smither reaches back to the primordial longing and infinite loneliness held within the form. Several of his songs have become virtual standards including “Love You (Me) Like a Man” which has been recorded countless times, with the best known versions by Bonnie Raitt and Diana Krall and “Slow Surprise” recorded by Emmylou Harris. Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote that, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”  More about Chris on his web page.

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