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Small Revelations - Chris Smither
Amazon offers Happier Blue (Audio CD),01 September, 1998
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A Quiet and Enchanting Work of Beautiful Melancholy. / 4
Now here's something that one doesn't hear often - acoustic blues. Unlike electric blues-rock, where the performer can often inspire the audience with loud thundering amplified chords, acoustic blues is a bit tougher to pull off. Master pickin takes a Master musician. and Chris Smither is such craftsman. Happier Blues shows Smither's affection for the "less is more" school of rock & roll. Instrumentation, including a couple of guitars and a drum kit, is sparse. Production and post-production studio trickery is also lean. In the case of Happier Blue, lean means majestic string fingering, well crafted compositions, and lonesome "I got a ton of troubles" blues. Love lost is examined with tenderness in `Happier Blue' and `Magnolia.' And the devil is credited with man's troubles on `The Devil's Real.' Smither's blues are lonesome for certain, but there's a seductive beauty running through his music: the melodies of `No Reward' and 'Killin' The Blues' are gorgeous. All of Happier Blue is not so blue, the "happier" part includes a couple of uplifting rockers (acoustic) including `Memphis In The Meantime' and `Already Gone.' Smither's style is eloquent, cool and technically mesmerizing. The result is a quiet and enchanting work of beautiful melancholy.
Song "So Long"
To see me now you would never think to wonder,
How near we were to sinkin' under,
For so long,
But now I'm gone,
So long.

The truth be told, I think my soul was stuck in amber,
Like a chip for weary gamblers,
For so long.
But now I'm gone,
So long.

See me, I'm a sailor now,
Sail on, sail on,
Dark skies seem paler now,
I'm gone, so long

The steady hand that every beggar holds his bowl in,
Was what we took for steady rollin'
For so long,
But now I'm gone,
So long.


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We Got the Folk (The Memphis Flyer)
The Folk Alliance brings its annual conference to its new hometown. Ask most Memphians to define folk music, and they'll immediately conjure up images of rural white Americana, the flipside to Mississippi Delta blues.

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