Smither began his career in 1972 when Emmylou Harris, John Mayall, and Bonnie Raitt covered his songs. He dropped out of sight during the '80s (as good as time as any), but re-emerged in the early '90s with a reissue of Happier Blue, followed by four more critically acclaimed albums on Hightone.
Originally from Boston, Smither has Texas connections: He recorded most of his albums at the Hit Shack in Austin, and he often sings of the Lone Star State, such as on "Tell Me Why You Love Me": "'Cuz I can hear 'em laughin', I can hear 'em singing, I can hear 'em dancing down in San Antonio." They'll be dancing at Saturday's show as part of the Urban Campfire Series, which is not a burn barrel and a bottle of Thunderbird, but held at the cozy confines of the Lion's Fieldhouse.
URBAN CAMPFIRE SERIES PRESENTS CHRIS SMITHER
Saturday, December 7