UUCB Concerts for a Cause: Chris Smither (CANCELLED)
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED for next year: OCT 16, 2021
Chris Smither will perform at the Brunswick Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, October 17th at 7:30 pm as part of the Concerts for a Cause series to raise money for locial charities.
The career of songwriter, guitarist, performer, and bluesman Chris Smither spans five decades. He is a gifted writer, powerful guitarist and intense performer who draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poetry and humanist philosophy. One of his biggest hits, Love Me Like A Man, was made famous by Bonnie Raitt in 1970 and then got a new interpretation in 2005 when jazz singer Diana Krall recorded it. Smithers latest record, Call Me Lucky (2018), features drummer Billy Conway (Morphine) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), who played at the me&thee a few years ago.
Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans and started playing music as a child. He got hooked on the blues early and headed to Boston in the mid-60s where acoustic music was thriving in coffeehouses and house concerts, where he met legendary blues musicians and made friends with people like Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and Lowell George. Fast forward to the 1990s and Smithers album Small Revelations was climbing radio charts, leading to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk tour with Ramblin Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. Over the span of his career, he has released eighteen records and performed all over the world.
Among his best-loved tunes are I Feel The Same, Slow Surprise, Leave the Light On, Blame on Me, and Killin the Blues. You can also expect to hear heartfelt interpretations of Delta blues and a beat-driven, finger-picking guitar style strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin Hopkins, layered over by the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always micd in performance). NPR says of Smither: His finger-picked guitar lines are sleek, unhurried and insistent. And then theres the voice equal parts gravel and molasses.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, Students/Children: $10. Available at the church office, Gulf of Maine Books, or online at https://smither.brownpapertickets.com/.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick (View)
1 Middle Street
Brunwick, ME 04011
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