Chris Smither Up on the Lowdown

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Hightone Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 6/95, p.128
4 Stars - Excellent - "...Too often the blues is an excuse for blackface posturing and loud guitar drill. For Smither, it's a starting point for an emotional journey, a trip it's never too late to jump aboard."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Link Of Chain
  • Buy for $1.292.Deed I Do
  • Buy for $1.293.What Was It You Wanted
  • Buy for $1.294.Up On The Lowdown
  • Buy for $1.295.Bittersweet
  • Buy for $1.296.Talk Memphis
  • Buy for $1.297.Can't Shake These Blues
  • Buy for $1.298.I Am The Ride
  • Buy for $1.299.Time To Go Home
  • Buy for $1.2910.Jailhouse Blues

Product Description:

Personnel: Chris Smither (vocals, acoustic guitar); Stephen Bruton (guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Riley Osbourn (harmonica, keyboards); Chris Maresh (acoustic & electric basses); Brannen Temple (drums, percussion).
Recorded at The Hit Shack, Austin, Texas in December 1994.
All songs written by Chris Smither except "What Was It You Wanted" (Bob Dylan), "Talk Memphis" (Jesse Winchester) and "Jailhouse Blues" (traditional).
Personnel: Chris Smither (vocals, guitar); Stephen Bruton (guitar, electric guitar); Riley Osbourne (harmonica, keyboards); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Chris Maresh (acoustic bass); Brannen Temple (drums).
Recording information: Hit Hack, Austin, TX (12/1994).
On 1993's HAPPIER BLUE Smither returned to the full-band recording approach after more than 20 years. While that album's production proved a little too genteel for Smither's earthy blues-folk style, it set the stage for '95's UP ON THE LOWDOWN, arguably the finest recording of Smither's long career. Perfectly produced by guitarist Stephen Bruton, the album wisely focuses on a tougher, leaner small-band sound than its predecessor. The arrangements have just the right combination of bluesiness and delicacy to complement both Smither's Mississippi John Hurt leanings and his more lyrical side. As always, Smither's the master of redefinition, tackling Dylan's "What Was It You Wanted" and Jesse Winchester's "Talk Memphis" successfully. His compositional muse is also at its apex here, as on the introspective "I Am The Ride" and the elegant, bittersweet "'Deed I Do."
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  • UPC: 012928806022
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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