Thursday November 1, 2012

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents Chris Smither on Saturday at 8 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $20 general, $18 for students or seniors, available at www.nextstagearts.org and at Offerings in Putney.

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 continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers with the 14th record of his lengthy career, "Hundred Dollar Valentine" (Signature Sounds), released last summer.

"Hundred Dollar Valentine" sports Smither’s unmistakable sound: fingerpicked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice. It is his first recording to feature all self-penned, original songs. Along with longtime producer, David "Goody" Goodrich, other featured musicians on "Hundred Dollar Valentine" are drummer Billy Conway (Morphine, Treat Her Right), Jimmy Fitting on harmonica, and Goodrich’s ex-Groovasaurus bandmates, Anita Suhanin (vocals) and violinist Ian Kennedy (Page/Plant, Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield, Peter Wolf, Susan Tedeschi).


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MOJO called it a "Perfect recording from a well travelled blues singer."

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.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk and popular music concerts, a weekly community film series, and a spoken word series. Artists appearing have included Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, the Wiyos and Tony Trischka.

Information about upcoming events, renovation plans, and a wide range of opportunities for support is available at www.nextstagearts.org.