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Chris Smither has maintained such a consistent degree of excellence as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter throughout his recording career that when another great album emerges in his discography it's almost unremarkable. The veteran troubadour's Leave the Light On is another link in Smither's luminous chain. As ever, his expert folk/blues fingerpicking, warm and weathered baritone, and powerfully poetic songcraft dovetail perfectly on this mix of covers and original tunes. In terms of the latter, it's hard to think of another artist who could tackle the biblical and scientific versions of humanity's origins ("Origin of Species") and the evanescent trail of mortality (the title track) and make them sound as earthy and natural as traditional folk songs. Speaking of which, Smither's moody take on the trad tune "Blues in the Bottle" and his waltz-time reinvention of Bob Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" make it clear that he's one of the very few interpreters who can truly take another artist's song far beyond its starting point.

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I've been listening to Chris Smither for the better part of 25 years. This album will be a treat for both people new to his music and old fans alike. He is a guitar virtuoso and offers a truly unique sound, stomping his feet and tapping on his guitar. Saw him live in Colorado several years ago and it remains a treasured musical experience for me. Really enjoying this album!

One of my all time favs

Chris Smithers is a wonderful story teller and a great guitar player. This is my fav album of his and it's title song "Leave the Light On" is my all time fav song of Chris' and one of my favs in general!!! You'll enjoy this album


Born: November 11, 1944 in Miami, FL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 '70s, Smither has been a mainstay of the festival, coffeehouse, 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...
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