Link of Chain: A Songwriters' Tribute to Chris Smither

Link of Chain: A Songwriters' Tribute to Chris Smither


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Link of Chain: A Songwriters' Tribute to Chris Smither

Chris Smither has quietly been a force in the American folk and blues scene since the mid-'60s, when he began making a name for himself on the Massachusetts coffeehouse scene after leaving his hometown of New Orleans. While Smither is a gifted guitarist, he's made his greatest impact as a songwriter, penning literate but unpretentious tunes dealing with love, life, and the nature of the universe with unforced wit and wisdom. Smither's best-known tune is "Love You Like a Man," which has been a staple of Bonnie Raitt's live shows for years, but Raitt is hardly the only well-known and respected artist who is a Chris Smither fan, and Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither features Raitt and 14 other artists interpreting their favorite selections from his songbook. The old saying has it that a man can be judged by the company he keeps, and in this case, folks who don't know Smither's work ought to imagine he must be quite a guy, with Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Patty Larkin, Mary Gauthier, Josh Ritter, Jorma Kaukonen, and Tim O'Brien all on board and delivering his material with genuine enthusiasm and a keen eye toward his lyrics and his melodies. Given the diversity of the artist roster, it should come as no surprise that Link of Chain features a wealth of different styles and shows Smither's work can work effectively in many different ways -- the slow, lean blues of Raitt's live take of "Love Me Like a Man," the playful swing of O'Brien's "Origin of Species," the revved-up country boogie of Peter Mulvey's "Time to Spend," the intimate acoustic space of Case's "Caveman," and the slightly ragged joy of Wainwright's "Place in Line." The performers here, all of whom are songwriters in their own right, bring out the best in these songs, and Link of Chain is a tribute album that does a splendid job of showing what makes the artist in question special; if you've never checked out Chris Smither, Link of Chain will show you just what a master songwriter can do, and anyone with a taste for contemporary folk and singer/songwriters will find a lot to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Signature Sounds
UPC: 0701237206820
catalogNumber: 2068
Rank: 95675

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Smither   Electric Guitar
Patty Larkin   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,national steel guitar,Octave Mandolin
Loudon Wainwright   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dave Alvin   Acoustic Guitar
Peter Case   Guitar,Vocals
Jorma Kaukonen   Guitar,Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Randy Sabien   Violin
Mike Bub   Bass
Paul Cebar   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Conway   Drums
Mike Fredrickson   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Jim Hoke   Clarinet
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Paul Kochanski   Upright Bass
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Jerry Miller   Electric Guitar
Tim O'Brien   Banjo,Cello,Vocals
Danny Ott   Electric Guitar
Lynn Williams   Drums
Bob Jennings   Baritone Saxophone
Peter Mulvey   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mary Gauthier   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mark Erelli   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Josh Ritter   Guitar,Vocals
Ken Maiuri   Bass
Aoife O'Donovan   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Jeffrey Foucault   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Guthrie Trapp   Electric Guitar
Jason Smith   Drums
J.J. O'Connell   Drums
Eilen Jewell   Vocals
Stephanie Coleman   Fiddle
Jason Beek   Drums
Heather Maloney   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
David Carpenter   Bass
David Goodrich   Piano,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Zachariah Hickman   Bass,Vocals
Reggie Bordeaux   Drums,Tambourine,Sampling
John Sciascia   Upright Bass
Josh Kaufman   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Smither   Composer
Patty Larkin   Engineer
Dave Alvin   Producer
Jorma Kaukonen   Producer
Paul Cebar   Producer
David Ferguson   Engineer
Mike Hoffman   Producer,Engineer
Paul Middleton   Engineer
Jim Wirt   Engineer
Chris Rival   Engineer
Peter Mulvey   Producer
Mark Thayer   Engineer
Mary Gauthier   Producer
Mark Erelli   Producer
Ken Maiuri   Producer
Jeffrey Foucault   Producer
Keith Gary   Engineer
Patrick Granado   Producer,Engineer
Alex Venguer   Engineer
Ben Lorio   Engineer
Myron Hart   Producer,Engineer
Craig Parker Adams   Engineer
Steve Fulton   Engineer
Heather Maloney   Producer
David Goodrich   Producer
Andy Knightley   Engineer
Pat Storey   Engineer
Eilen Jewell Band   Producer
Steve Tilson   Composer

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