PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents Chris Smither on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $20 general , $24 at the door, available at www.nextstagearts.org, at Offerings in Putney and Turn It Up in Brattleboro.

Smither is one of the most talented and creative guitarists and singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. According to the Associated Press, Smither is "an American original, a product of the musical melting pot, and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world."

From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his re-emergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound.

Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers with the 14th record of his lengthy career, "Hundred Dollar Valentine" (Signature Sounds).

For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.

Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. Information about upcoming events is available at www.nextstagearts.org