Great music sounds easy - as inexorable and inevitable as the change of seasons or sunrise and sunset. The bluesmen on the Delta and the Appalachian mountaineers made timeless art with just voice, guitar and a stomping foot. And that is the root of the art of Chris Smither. Over the last decade Smither has released one gem of an album after another. His music draws as deeply from the blues as it does from American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. Guitar-heads are drawn to his Lightnin' Hopkins/John Hurt derived fretwork; spiritual seekers nod in recognition at the hard-won knowledge and deep, sad, wise songs, casually tossed off in taut lyrics. And just plain music fans who have come to him on their own - or have learned of his music from the multitude of artists covering his songs - return again and again. This is deeply passionate American music. So deep and so passionate that it can be easy to underestimate. This music never shouts; it whispers. In a world dominated by cartoonish depictions of good and evil, where rebellion is a marketing concept and the natural world is merely a means to sell mass-produced consumables, to make music such as this is an act of supreme defiance and serene confidence.
Open: Fran LaMalva - Hailing from Groton, MA, Fran's polished, intricate guitar styles and arresting vocals delight every crowd he performs for. Not only does Fran play at the top-shelf level, but he builds his own guitars, LizardEyd Guitars.