Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Chris Smither- Don't Call Me Stranger
"I ain't evil," pleads Chris Smither. "I'm just bad."
I relate all too well to Smither's amorous moan on "Don't Call Me Stranger." Neither of us are reluctant to express life's difficult truths.
While Smither has been issuing albums since 1970, too many have featured fussy productions that get in the way of his memorable songs and exceptional guitar playing. Thankfully, the relatively sparse Time Stands Still, out today, avoids the pop trappings that have marred a few of his previous efforts.
Just as significantly, Smither's grizzled voice is more convincing than ever. Smither turns 65 in November. He's never been better.
See for yourself on his current tour. And this EPK about the making of Time Stands Still is fascinating.
Trainspotter alert: With today's post, Smither joins Howard Iceberg and Ike Turner as the only artists to have been featured twice at There Stands the Glass. If you're keeping score, that's 823 posts over almost four years.
Here's my love letter to Tesla.
The Astounding Eyes of Rita is the wonderful title of the new album by Anouar Brahem. Get a taste here.
"I think Ron Ron might be Kansas City’s breakout mainstream rapper," writes Jason Whitlock. I relish the rare occasions when I agree with the sports columnist.
Kansas City Click: Matt Otto plays Jardine's on Tuesday.