Chris Smither w/sg Peter Mulvey
Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, and modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as a New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. He has always traveled his own road, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision. He has developed and maintained loyal friendships over the years with kindred-spirited musicians like Bonnie Raitt and the late Stephen Bruton, while at the same time throughout his career being inspired by and inspiring to today's new generation of musicians. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice, and songwriting. In the words of the New York Times:" With a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate." Tonight's special guest is Peter Mulvey, a Wisconsin singer-songwriter and an Ark favorite in his own right, whose guitar carries a dazzling blend of rock, folk, and funk styles.