- December 23, 2020
- Cindy Howes
The one and only Chris Smither! Influenced by Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Smither’s guitar playing is centered around the beat and around the groove. He mics his feet during concerts and loves being able to sound like several different instruments as his heroes did. Smither says, “Groove is the essence of engagement.” He’s lived an extraordinary life that started off moving around due to his linguistic parents’ careers. He ended up in New Orleans for the bulk of his childhood, with a short stint in Paris, that allowed him to become fluent in French (among other languages). Something notable about Smither: as a songwriter, he has the hardest time with the lyrics, which is strange as the son of language professors. He talks about the impact of their work in his own songs.