Live As I'll Ever Be Live
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This album is the next best thing to Smither live. It also brings together a great sample of his recent work, pointing the listener to his series of Nineties Hightone albums (my favorite is UP ON THE LOWDOWN -- see my review -- and HAPPIER BLUE is marred by synthesizers). What do you miss from his live show? The stories, for one. You get one, just a taste, the story of the New Orleans produce man. You also miss some of his great covers -- Lowell George's "Rock and Roll Doctor," and John Hiatt's "Memphis in the Meantime."
So check out this awesome live album, and go see/hear him live the next time he's within 100 miles of you!
What comes across so amazingly live is the great humor in his songs. When he sings, "Seems so dumb to get so excited," on "Can't Shake These Blues," it's not that it's a comedy song, but just that you get the humor of his great spirit. His facial expressions contort to often express a humble self-effacing guy with wry wit. On Friday he related singing at prison where the inmates were a little wary of him at first. Then after a couple of songs "they figured I just hadn't been caught yet."
This disc is a great representation of his live show. All of the songs on this disc are so strong that it's hard to pick highlights. "Hold On" is a great opener. When he did "The Devil's Real," he said his friends showed up at his concert worried that he'd gotten religion. He assured then he hadn't; and they all left.Read more ›
I saw Chris 2 years ago in a small venue in South Carolina. The long blond hair has turned dark, and the cockiness has given way to quiet confidence.The audience was small, but it didn't faze him, and I heard one of the best shows of my life. He comes across as being humble and appreciative of his fans. The writing wears the badge of life's experiences, good and bad. It's lean, tough, wry, and descriptive. He is an awesome talent in his guitar playing, writing, and singing. My favorite cuts are "No Love Today", and "Small Revelations". The latter has the lyric "Hearing is letting it happen, but to listen's a work of will/Beware of cheap imitations/ Thankful for small revelations". I'm a songwriter - and I would kill for a line like that.
There is not a bad song on the CD, and it's worth the price just to hear Chris do the intro to "No Love Today". I spend a lot of time in my car, and "Live As I'll Ever Be" has been in rotation for at least 8 months. You just don't get tired of it. If I could just figure out how he's playing Small Revelations....
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This is absolutely brilliant song-writing, singing and, especially, guitar-playing. Chris Smither is best live, when extraneous instrumentation doesn't get in the way of his... Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Holmes Stephens
jUST DISCOVERED CHRIS ON PUBLIC RADIO. ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIS MUSIC!!! ODERED ALL HIS STUFF THAT WAS Available.Published 20 months ago by Rich Meyer
I owned this album, and on a hunch bought it as a gift for a musician friend who teaches guitar. I'm sure he's taught kids that were just SURE that he'd love things like... Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Lee J. Pelletier
Awesome flashback period from hearing Chris in San Diego, CA. He's got rhythm, soul, and very memorable lyrics. If you want music to sooth your soul, try this out!Published on January 12, 2013 by pmeda
What a fantastic CD! The next best thing to seeing him live. I've been a fan since I heard Bonnie Raitt sing his "I Feel the Same" in the 70's. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by PA music lover