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Editors’ Notes

"I ain't evil, I'm just bad," sings Chris Smither on "Don't Call Me Stranger"—and the way his bluesy, crater-deep voice digs into the words, it's immediately apparent that he's bad in the best possible way. In fact, ever since his emergence on the late-'60s folk scene, he's been known as a triple threat, equally incisive in his singing, songwriting, and guitar picking. Whether he's shedding new light on "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" by Bob Dylan (whom Smither's been covering since the start of his career) or framing his own tune "Time Stands Still" with a cascade of nimble fingerpicking patterns, he's one of the ablest acoustic axemen of his generation. When his husky tones follow the elegant, folky melodic arc of Mark Knopfler's "Madame Geneva's" or recount the 2008 U.S. financial crisis with wry humor on "Surprise, Surprise," his vocal gifts are undeniable. And as Smither faces down the challenges of a child's endless questions on "I Don't Know" and confronts his father's passing on "Old Man Down," he reveals his reliable knack for achieving lyrical transcendence.

Customer Reviews

The Real Deal

We saw Chris Smither last night in Portland and he opened with "Don't Call Me Stranger", the first song on this CD. It was stunning live and is stunning here on this disc. His performance was gritty and warm; haunting and personal. Chris Smither is the real deal.

Where have I been?

We saw him at McCabe's in LA last sunday. Amazing voice. Amazing lyrics. Insightful, heartfelt, and ironic.
So glad a friend introduced me to his work.

It takes a lot to laugh

The best cover of Dylan's 'It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry.' You will finally understand what the lyrics mean with his interpretation.


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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