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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Signature Sounds artist: Hundred Dollar Valentine - Chris Smither - New Release Review

Sitting here listening to the new recording, Hundred Dollar Valentine, by Chris Smither. This recording, set to be released on June 19, 2012 will be Smither's 12th studio disc. Smither is an excellent finger picking guitar player and songwriter. As most of you know from reading my reviews that I am far more oriented to sonic quality or the sound of someone's voice as well as the instrumentation than I am word oriented. In spite of this I do recognize a well done vocal recording when I hear one. This is one. Smither has a very solid voice and it works very well in the textural weave that he constructs with each song. His use of chord progressions are very melodic and endearing. I am enjoying listening to this cd from a totally different perspective with it being very well constructed and soothing as opposed to gut emotional with searing guitars. Smither is joined by Bill Conway on Drums; Kris Delmhorst on cello; Jimmy Fitting on harmonica; David Goodrich on slide guitar, xylophone and diddley bow; Ian Kennedy on violin; Anita Suhanin on vocals and introducing Robin Smither on violin. The recording projects solitude but also warmth and joy. If it sounds like your bag... I think you'll like it.

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