Saturday, October 4, 2014

CD Review: Friends And Colleagues Join The "Link Of Chain" To Pay Tribute To Chris Smither

One of America's premier unknown songwriters Chris Smither released a career retrospective back in July to celebrate 50 years in the music business. To help him celebrate this accomplishment, some of his fellow musicians who appreciate and havae performed many of his songs in the past, got together to pay tribute to Smither. On September 30th, Signature Sounds Recording Company released "Link Of Chain - A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither." The album features fifteen guest, performing some of their favorite songs written by Smither. Beginning with the deep vocals of David Alvin, he performs the title song with an appreciation, to make the comforting lyrics shine. Next, Loudon Wainwright III performs a honky-tonk version of "Place In Line" that has become one of Chris Smither's mottos on life's journey. The gentle acoustics of "Rosalie" warms your heart as Josh Ritter delivers the magic. Singer Eileen Jewell's sweet vocals makes "Can't Shake These Blues" less desperate and dirty than it needs to be, while Bonnie Raitt turns in a live version of "Love Me Like A Man" into perfection of the dirty blues. The country acoustics of "Song For Susan" is where you fully appreciate Smither's songwriting as the duo of Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault don't add any more than is necessary to the song. The album finishes up with a solo rendition of "Caveman" by Peter Case that harkens back to the folk styling of the early years of Chris Smither's career and Patty Larkin gives a dark, haunting delivery of "Train Home." To find out more about "Link of Chain - A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither," please visit

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