Music Programme 2019
The American songwriter, singer and guitarist Chris Smither was born in 1944 and has been playing for over 50 years. His original, stylish songs are inspired by folk and blues, and he is renowned for his elegant guitar finger-picking. Chris Smither has released over 20 albums and had his songs recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall. The young Chris Smither was inspirered by blues legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt. In the mid-60s he went to Boston and became part of the fertile folk scene around Harvard Square.
His first album appeared in 1971, followed by successes like It Aint Easy (1984), Small Revelations (1997) and his 50th aniversary release Still on the Levee (2014). His most recent work is the album Call Me Lucky (2018). The Washington Post had this to say about Chris Smither: “His songbook is full of wild, well-written blues and folk-based songs, and he has applied himself tirelessely to live performance for over four decades.” Tønder Festival fans know him: his latest appearance here was in 2015. His only Danish concert in 2019.
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