Sunday, March 25, 2007

Even More Blues @ Basement Discs

Yesterday, even though it was a Saturday, I made the effort to go and catch Chris Smither playing in-store at the Basement Discs.

Chris Smither is an American blues artist raised in New Orleans and his blues style owes a lot to old time blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt. He is a master guitarist and uses the old foot stomping on a board to create rhythm. He also is a very good songwriter. His songs have a sly humour and quirky lyrics. He also does great covers of well chosen songs like Dylan's "Desolation Row".

He has toured Australia many times and I have seen him on several previous occasions and look forward to seeing him play an extended set at the Clifton Hill Hotel on 10 April.

4 comments:

chiefbiscuit said...

I do like the blues - it's like musical short stories about people down on their luck. Altho' it sounds like Smither may have a bit of humour to off-set any bleakness ...

Jan said...

Hmm. Desolation Row. Superb.
As Chief Biscuit says....lots of little stories.
Sounds an interesting guy. Thankyou for the introduction.

Anne S said...

On his latest CD "Leave the Light On" he does a great cover of Dylan's "Visions of Joanna".

Jan said...

Shall Look Him Up!