Chris Smither – Leave The Light On


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Release Date:  2006

Label:  Signature Sounds


Track List

  1. Open Up
  2. Leave The Light On
  3. Shillin’ For The Blues
  4. Seems So Real
  5. Origin Of The Species
  6. Cold Trail Blues
  7. Diplomacy
  8. Father’s Day
  9. Visions Of Johanna
  10. Blues In The Bottle
  11. John Hardy
  12. John Hardy Reprise



  • Chris Smither – guitar, vocals
  • Jazer Giles – accordion, piano
  • David Goodrich – bass, guitar, piano, kalimba
  • Tim O’Brien – fiddle, mandocello, mandolin, vocals
  • Mike Piehl – drums, percussion
  • Sean Staples – banjo, vocals
  • Lou Ulrich – bass
  • Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Tony Leone, Fiona McBain, Olabelle, Anita Suhanin – background vocals



Like John Hammond and a handful of other musicians whose careers began in the 1960s blues revival, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Chris Smither can take pride in the fact that he’s been there since the beginning. Except for a few years when he was away from performing in the ’70s, Smither has been a mainstay of the festival, coffeehouse, and club circuits around the U.S., Canada, and Europe since his performing career began in earnest in the coffeehouses in Boston in the spring of 1966. Smither is best known for his great songs, items like “Love You Like a Man” and “I Feel the Same,” both of which have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt. Raitt and Smither got started at about the same time in Boston, though Smither was born and raised in New Orleans, the son of university professors.

Smither discovered blues music when he was 17 and heard a Lightnin’ Hopkins album, Blues in the Bottle. The album was a major revelation to him and he subsequently spent weeks trying to figure out the intricate guitar parts. Smither moved to Boston after realizing he was a big fish in a small pond in the New Orleans folk/coffeehouse circuit of the mid-’60s.

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