Title - 'More From the Levee'
Artist - Chris Smither
Guitarist. Bluesman. Interpreter. Touring musician. “One of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world” (Associated Press).
And all this for more than 50 years. Chris Smither is an American original whose genius is both in his effortless, distinctive, rippling guitar (as he tells it, “one-third John Hurt, one-third Lightnin’ Hopkins and one-third me”) and in his reimagining the acoustic blues as a vehicle for rich, philosophically complex lyrics.
His songs offer a commentary on the human condition that only he can put pen to. They pull from deep in his soul, making for a kind of reflection, a timeless introspection.
More From the Levee, Smither’s 18th album (released October 2nd, 2020 via Signature Sounds), continues the milieu of his 50-year retrospective Still on the Levee (2014).
Reconnecting with his roots, Smither recorded the latter, a double album, in New Orleans at the fabled Music Shed. What resulted were 24 fresh takes on his songs with help from some very special guests including the legendary Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.
With his fingers as supple as his voice, Smither effortlessly delivered the other half of his signature sound on Still on the Levee: the back-porch feel of intricate acoustic blues picking accompanied by his own boot-heel-on-wood rhythms.
More From The Levee contains ten of these gems, including fan favorites 'Drive You Home Again,' 'Caveman,' and a new Smither original titled 'What I Do.'
Producer Dave Goodrich says, "We still had extraordinary performances left in the vault, another irreducible collection of Chris's songs full of great performances, intimate and immediate. It's a truly special recording, a snapshot of some powerful music-making."
1. 'Lonely Time'
3. 'Drive You Home Again'
4. 'I Am The Ride'
5. 'What I Do'
6. 'Let It Go'
7. 'Hey Hey Hey'
8. 'The Caveman'
9. 'Old Man Down'
10. 'Father's Day'
With this new album also marking Smither's first vinyl release in over 35 years, it opens with the uptempo Americana blues of 'Lonely Time,' and backs that up with Country-light ambiance of 'Confirmation,' the foot-tappin', low slung blues magnificence of 'Drive You Home Again,' the lo-fi storytelling of 'I Am The Ride,' and then the light and breezy new track 'What I Do.'
Up next is the delicate at times, yet honest and storied blues calling of 'Let It Go' which is followed by the mid-tempo, travelin' Americana of 'Hey Hey Hey,' with the album rounding out with the beautiful guitar work of 'The Caveman,' the dug deep and firmly rooted soothsayer vibe of 'Old Man Down,' closing on the low brow reminiscing of 'Father's Day.'
In addition to Smither's core recording session band of producer David Goodrich, Billy Conway, Anita Suhanin, and Jimmy Fitting, More From the Levee features the aforementioned Allen Toussaint on 'Let It Go,' and members of Morphine on the haunting 'Drive You Home Again.'
Also making its debut is a brand new Chris Smither song 'What I Do,' a nod to his childhood and formative years in New Orleans.
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