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Chris Smither Brings Blues/Folk to SOPAC March 23

The following is from Michaela O’Brien

Photo by Jeff Fasano

Blues-folk icon Chris Smither has long been revered for both his guitar prowess and his way with a lyric, inspiring artists from Bonnie Raitt and John Mayall to Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall.

Chris Smither & David Lindley will perform at SOPAC (1 Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079) on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30-48 and can be purchased by calling 973-313-2787 or going to

From Boston Music Awards to five-star reviews in Mojo magazine and earning a spot on Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke’s Personal Top 10 list of best New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival performances in 2014,  Chris continues to earn accolades for his music.  His songs have appeared in various films and TV shows and have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall, among others. Chris continues to tour festivals, music clubs and concerts halls in North America, Europe and Australia.

As Smither marked his 50th year of music-making in 2014, the New Orleans-raised troubadour looked back at his career with STILL ON THE LEVEE, a two-CD retrospective from Signature Sounds. He also released his full lyric collection as a book titledCHRIS SMITHER LYRICS 1966-2012, and in September, Signature Sounds saluted him with LINK OF CHAIN, a tribute album featuring contributions by our very own Jorma Kaukonen, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Dave Alvin, Patty Larkin, Josh Ritter, Peter Case, Tim O’Brien and many other friends and admirers from the music world.

The Washington Post concert review said of Smither, “His songbook is overflowing with rollicking, clever blues-based folk tunes, and he has been a consistently engaging live performer for more than four decades.”

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