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Live as I'll Ever Be

Chris Smither

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Album Review

Chris Smither's Another Way to Find You was the live album that chronicled his career up to 1991. Live As I'll Ever Be takes up where that one left off, featuring songs from the four albums he released in the '90s. It was recorded over several years — beginning in 1996 — and captured performances in California, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Ireland. One mike recorded his large, unmistakable voice; the other was placed on the floor to pick up his steadily tapping and stomping feet. Many audience favorites were included, such as "I Am the Ride," "Slow Surprise," "Small Revelations," and "Up on the Lowdown." Two covers, Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom" and Rolly Sally's "Killin' the Blues," were also recorded. There are entertaining song intros and bits of warm banter with the audience, too. Chris Smither is always at his best when he is performing live. In fact, he often says that he writes songs and records albums just so he can perform live, and not the other way around. Live As I'll Ever Be gives you a great front-row seat, any time you want it.

Customer Reviews

Great Blues!

Some artists work on their craft, and others work on promoting themselves. If you haven't heard of Chris Smither it's not because he isn't a great performer, it's because he spent his time playing instead of pandering to media.

Smither is a Blue's great. While iTunes classifies him as "singer/songwriter" (which is true), he more accurately should be classified as Blue's.

This whole album is live. Smither didn't get to do 50 retakes in a studio, yet each piece is sung and played to perfection. My favorites on this album are Can't Shake These Blues, The Devil's Real, and Smither's own version of the classic Dust My Broom. Honorable mention goes to . . . everything else. There are NO sleepers on this album. Every song is worthwhile, unlike some albums where one or two songs are great but the rest is trash.

If there was one album I had to listen to for the rest of my life, this would be a strong contender.

Unique singer songwriter w a one-of-a-kind guitar

A pure delight …. great to see a Guitar roots singer song-writer succeed. Being from NOLA which is a Horn and Piano town he went walk-about. Truly for a Guitar person he is a brick in the wall of great and unique execution. The voice is much better than BD…. check out Desolation Row


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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