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Chris Smither


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Miami, Florida

Chris Smither (born November 11, 1944 in Miami, Florida) is an American folk/blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He grew up mainly in New Orleans and attended the University of the Americas in Mexico City, planning on becoming an anthropologist, but transferred to Tulane University after a year, during which time he discovered the music of Mississippi John Hurt. While in Paris for a junior year abroad, he spent his time playing guitar rather than attending classes and was kicked out of college as a result. In 1965, he left for Florida to meet Eric von Schmidt, another musical hero of his. von Schmidt encouraged Smither to move to New York City or Cambridge, Massachusetts, and so Smither moved to Cambridge and when he showed up at Club 47, found von Schmidt performing there, who invited him to play a few songs on stage. His first album, I’m a Stranger, Too was released on Poppy Records in 1970. Chris Smither has been touring since then.

Chris Smithers song “Love you like a man” from Smithers first album has been famously covered by Bonnie Raitt who has made it a signature song of hers under the title “Love me like a man” (published on her second Album “Give it up”)- she has openly expressed admiration for Chris Smithers songwriting and guitarplaying. Later Raitt’s version of the song has been covered by The Dixie Chicks and Diana Krall.

The protagonist of Linda Barnes’s series of “Carlotta Carlyle” mysteries is a fan of Smither’s music and several of her books mention it.


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  • headey1p


    20 Feb 1:01pm Reply
  • hatfitzcara

    Have been listening to Chris we may be supporting him in Brisbane on his next show soon Great music and worth the listen and live show experience...

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ghostofwade

    This man is a must see live act, and his albums are some of the warmest and well put together masterpieces I have ever heard. Happier Blue is my pick, licking my lips :-)

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • PhileHughes

    Saw him in a small venue in south wales, bought some cd's and had an opportunity to talk to him as we waited for our cars. A great guy, and an excellent artist to see live......more people should find out about him

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hydrogyrum

    I just discovered Chris Smither a few days ago, and his song Slow Surprise is so wonderful I had to leave a compliment on here...well done. Beautiful music <3

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • r_m

    What a wonderful voice.

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • GSWJ

    Just saw him tonight in London ... really enjoyed the show and can echo that he seems a really genuine guy.

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • hmarshall07

    Great song writer and great guy!

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • batgirl69

    Incredible!! I first heard his cover of Visions of Johanna, and am hooked! Winsome smile is another favorite!

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • gotreg

    I love this guy. Except his songs - I suppose he is the only one who is able to remake Bob Dylan´s songs.

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • voodoolounger

    Saw this guy twice in the UK and got to talk to him after each show. As well as an amazing talent Chris must be the nicest, friendliest man in the business.

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • theo2009

    You can hear this amazing artist online at a community radio station in Everett, WA. Check it out ....... :O) THEO

    14 Sep 2008 Reply
  • zjank

    Chris Smither will perform at the 'Folk in de Walden' festival on June 7, 2008 at Oentsjerk, near Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

    1 Apr 2008 Reply
  • fifteenjugglers

    I just uploaded a photo of Chris that I took at last year's International Folk Festival in Canberra, Australia. Please check it out and have a vote.

    29 Mar 2008 Reply
  • semen907

    Winsome Smile is such a great song.

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • surajsharma

    Truly awesome!

    10 Dec 2007 Reply
  • purnin

    OMG Saw him last night, he is fantastic. :D

    2 Apr 2007 Reply
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