America’s Great Blues Poet, Chris Smither, performs at the Flying Monkey on Saturday, Dec. 10th.
Plymouth, NH. At 7:30pm on Saturday, December 10th The Flying Monkey is excited to present an evening of Blues and Folk Music with New England’s own Chris Smither. Smither is a perennial favorite of Central NH, known for his ceaseless foot-tapping underscoring subtle but forceful picking, while a deep, careworn voice animates thoughtful ruminations on life's Big Questions. Tickets for this concert start at $20.
Chris Smither has been called America’s Great Blues Poet. A big man with a big sound. An acknowledged master of finger-picking and irony for three decades. From teenage bands and woodshedding in his native New Orleans, Smither hit Boston in the mid-60s and fell in with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eric von Schmidt, and Jim Rooney. As with those artists, the sound in his head was acoustic - the blues a la Lightin' Hopkins, in his case.
Releasing his first albums in the '70s, Smither's reputation as a performer and composer grew over the years, bursting worldwide with albums, airplay and tours in the '90s, as well as soundtracks and compositions in a number of films. With more than twelve albums under his belt, Chris Smither qualifies as a veteran of the music industry. Hailed as one of the most riveting blues players on the music scene today, Smither's songs have been recorded by such artists as Diana Krall, Emmylou Harris, and Bonnie Raitt.
"Smither taps his foot to keep the rhythm, much like the late blues legend John Lee Hooker,” says NPR. “His finger-picked guitar lines are sleek, unhurried and insistent. And then there’s the voice -equal parts gravel and molasses, Smither’s singing sounds like a distillation of the folk and blues heroes he grew up listening to in New Orleans."
This will be a rare opportunity to see this superb bluesman at the peak of his career
The former Plymouth Theatre on Main Street in Plymouth, NH, the funky, 1920’s era playhouse was renovated in 2010 and updated with all the modern amenities of today’s state of the art live entertainment venue. What was previously a two-screen movie theater has been converted into one intimate performance hall. State of the Art Sound and Lighting was installed by renowned acoustic engineer Bill Blaine. The venue boasts a unique seating layout including cabaret style table sections and bars on both the main floor and the balcony. Reserved table seating offers both food and beverage service in the main hall during performances, starting as early as an hour and a half before showtime.
Tickets for the Chris Smither concert are on sale now for $20, and $30 for Premier seats. For tickets and more information on concerts and the Flying Monkey Performance Center, visit www.flyingmonkeynh.com or call 603-536-2551.