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Chris Smither settles into his distinctive combination of folk and blues with this excellent release. Although not pushing established boundaries, his rich, velvety voice and mature spoken-sung vocals convey a sense of truth and add depth to these introspective compositions. A bit of early Tom Waits creeps into his leathery vocals on a jaunty cover of Dave Carter's "Crocodile Man," but Smither is best defined by the fingerpicked folk-blues. Bonnie Raitt, a fan from way back, contributes harmony vocals and slide guitar to his gentle eight-minute version of Dylan's "Desolation Row." Some tunes are percussion-free, providing the singer's honey growl of a voice and clean acoustic guitar the most space to maneuver. Smither is loosest lamenting about his stolen car and its psychological effects on "Let It Go," a track that, with his muttering and grouching, seems to have been recorded in an impromptu moment. A gentle cover of Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man" -- the album's only unaccompanied performance -- shows Smither's rather evident roots, and his closing waltz-styled version of Buffalo Springfield's "Kind Woman" reveals less obvious ones. Accompaniment by right-hand man David "Goody" Goodrich, who plays keyboards, guitars, and even something called a pinewood diddley bo, subtly enhances nearly every track on this quiet gem.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928815826
catalogNumber: 8158

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Smither   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
David "Goody" Goodrich   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar,Hi String,Reed Organ,Ambience
Mike Piehl   Cymbals,Drums
Louise Ulrich   Bass
Anita Suhanin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Downs   Horn

Technical Credits

Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Chris Smither   Composer,Contributor
Bob Dylan   Composer
Richie Furay   Composer
Dave Carter   Composer
Tom Corwin   Engineer
Charlie Parker   Composer
David "Goody" Goodrich   Producer
Mark Thayer   Engineer

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