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Thread #30879   Message #890753
Posted By: sharyn
14-Feb-03 - 10:20 PM
Thread Name: If you like Nic Jones you'll like Damien Barber
Subject: RE: If you like Nic Jones you'll like.....
Hey, Stewie, I disagree with you. I think Chris Smither is primarily an interpreter of songs, with a heavy emphasis on traditional blues, but including songs by Dylan, Poco, Roly Salley, etc. He does write, but he is much too good to label a "singer-songwriter," the kiss of death in my book (and by the way I sing and write songs, too, but I had far rather be labelled a singer than a singer/songwriter -- you can just use the "writer" word if you want, separate from the "singer" word). Many so-called singer-songwriters can't write their way out of a paper bag.

And, Guest Ian, Stewie's recommendation is a good place to start with
Chris Smither. I'm curious: what do you think of Richard Thompson, another gifted guitarist and interpreter of traditional music -- he hasn't recorded a lot of it that I know of, but he does sing things like "Bogie's Bonnie Belle" in concert.