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Chris Smithers at Pilgrim

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from http://www.oaksongs.org

Oaksong Society is presenting Chris Smithers at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 7. 2016 at at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding CA.

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Don’t miss this chance for an evening of inspired and inspiring contemporary blues.

The association between contemporary bluesman/singer-songwriter Chris Smither and the Oaksong Music Society goes back to the very beginnings of the Society. Chris headlined the Society’s second concert ever in 2000, back when the shows were held on co-founder Bruce and Linda Wendt’s front porch in Oak Run.

After a 16-year absence from the northstate, Chris was set to return for an Oaksong Music Society concert last November, but a medical emergency forced him to cancel the show. However, he is now scheduled to headline the opening concert of the new 2016-2017 concert season.

Chris Smither is currently celebrating fifty years on the road as a songwriter and guitarist. To celebrate this achievement, Roots Magazine put Chris on the cover of their August/September 2015 issue and featured him in an extensive cover story. As the magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss– in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”

Chris Smither goes way back – to New Orleans in the 60s, when he first heard the music of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, to Boston in the 70s, when he met Fred McDowell, Son House, and Bonnie Raitt, who made a hit out of Chris’s song, “Love Me Like a Man.”

Tickets are $25 available at The Music Connection, 3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding. Call (530) 223-2040 for info and tickets. Tickets are also available online at http://BrownPaperTickets.com (search by artist name, Oaksong, Pilgrim, Pilgrim Congregational, or Pilgrim Congregational Church).