11 November 1944, Miami, Florida, USA. Smithers smooth, lyrical guitar style encompasses elements of folk, blues, country and rock (Bonnie Raitt calls him her Eric Clapton), and he plays in a fluid, busy style that is as breathtaking as it is effortless. His voice is another asset, capable of sounding soft one minute and gruff the next.
Smither began his music career during the 60s, performing in the coffee houses and clubs of New Orleans, where he had lived from the age of two. His first real blues influence was a Lightnin Hopkins recording, Blues In My Bottle, which he heard when he was 17. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1966, where he continued playing the lucrative coffee house/folk circuit, and began associating with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond and Mississippi Fred MacDowell. After a promising start, with two albums in the early 70s on Poppy Records, the label folded. He recorded Honeysuckle...
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