Chris Smither Similar Artists

Greg Brown - 100% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Iowa, USA. Greg Brown’s traditional folk songwriting is infused with a distinctive Midwestern sensibility. Growing up in a family obsessed by music, he began to play the pump organ when he was six, before picking up the guitar a few years later (he was taught by his mother). A series of concerts followed at local church venues, where his father was a preacher. Eventuall Read more

Rory Block - 83% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1949, Greenwich Village, New York, USA. American blues singer and guitarist, raised in New York. Her father played classical violin, but at the age of 10, Block started learning to play folk music on the guitar. She later became involved in the burgeoning Greenwich Village folk scene. It was as a teenager that she first heard the blues, and went on to play with su Read more

John Gorka - 79% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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New Jersey, USA. Singer-songwriter Gorka, who possesses a rich and emotive baritone, honed his craft in America’s north-eastern folk scene of the early 80s before recording a succession of acclaimed albums. Influenced by Tom Paxton, Richard Thompson and Tom Waits, amongst others, his musical career began in 1986 when he was attending Moravian College in Bethlehem, with Read more

Darrell Scott - 50% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 August 1959, London, Kentucky, USA. Country singer-songwriter Scott grew up in a rural farming town before his parents sought work in the steel mills of East Gary, Indiana. Each member of the Scott family was encouraged to pursue an instrument, and thereby join the family band. They backed their father’s recitals of Ernest Tubbs and Hank Williams standards at church v Read more

Guy Clark - 41% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1941, Rockport, Texas, USA. Clark has achieved considerably more fame as a songwriter than as a performer, although he is revered by his nucleus of fans internationally. Brought up in the hamlet of Monahans, Texas, Clark worked in television during the 60s, and later as a photographer - his work appeared on albums released by the Texan-based International Artists Read more

Dave Alvin - 40% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA. The country guitarist Dave Alvin had a successful career with his brother Phil in the Blasters, whose best-known song, ‘Marie Marie’, was a UK hit for Shakin’ Stevens. On leaving the band, he worked with the punk band X and scored the movie Border Radio. His solo albums are typical of his career, being a mixture Read more

Tom Russell - 40% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 March 1950, Arizona, USA. The country singer-songwriter Tom Russell grew up on a ranch in Santa Monica and had twin influences of cowboys and country music. He says, ‘Southern California was very rich in country music, not only with Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but also the Hollywood cowboy scene. My brother became a full-on cowboy. It’s in the blood.’< Read more

Eliza Gilkyson - 37% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1950, Hollywood, California, USA. Singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson has enjoyed a long if not always fruitful career, although by the start of the new millennium she had begun to reap some much deserved critical and commercial acclaim.Gilkyson is from a musical family, with her late father, the noted performer and songwriter Terry Gilkyson enjoying a U Read more

Nanci Griffith - 36% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 July 1953, Seguin, Texas, USA. This singer-songwriter brilliantly straddles the boundary between folk and country music, with occasional nods to the mainstream rock audience. Her mother was an amateur actress and her father a member of a barbershop quartet. They passed on their interest in performance to Nanci, and although she majored in education at the University of Tex Read more

Mickey Newbury - 35% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Milton J. Newbury Jnr., 19 May 1940, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 28 September 2002, Vida, Oregon, USA. Newbury began by singing tenor in a harmony group, the Embers, who recorded for Mercury Records. He worked as an air traffic controller in the US Air Force and was stationed in Oxfordshire, England (Newbury later wrote ‘Swiss Cottage Place’ about spending weekend leav Read more

John Prine - 34% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1946, Maywood, Illinois, USA. His grandfather had played with Merle Travis, and Prine himself started playing guitar at the age of 14. He then spent time in college, worked as a postman for five years, and spent two years in the army. He began his musical career around 1970, singing in clubs in the Chicago area. Prine signed to Atlantic Records in 1971, releasing Read more

Keb' Mo' - 34% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kevin Moore, 3 October 1951, Los Angeles, California, USA. Although he was born on the west coast of America, Kevin Moore’s parents came from Texas and Louisiana, instilling in him an appreciation of blues and gospel. At 21, his band Zulu was hired to back violinist ‘Papa’ John Creach (b. 28 May 1917, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 February 1994; viol Read more

Keb'Mo' - 34% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Blues
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Corey Harris - 33% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Blues Funk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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21 February 1969, Denver, Colorado, USA. One of the new breed of young, acoustic country bluesmen currently reinventing the Delta Blues, Harris is a talented multi-instrumentalist who draws inspiration from a wide range of musical influences. After gaining a degree in anthropology, he visited Cameroon several times in the early 90s, studying the local patois Pidgin before re Read more

Eric Bibb - 32% match to Chris Smither

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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16 August 1951, New York City, New York, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Bibb was, with Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood Hart, at the forefront of the 90s country blues revival. The son of famous 60s folk revivalist Leon Bibb, a nephew of jazz pianist John Lewis and godson of Paul Robeson, there was a constant stream of musical visitors to his father’s house durin Read more


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