Finding prominence in the blues revival of the 1960s, singer and songwriter Chris Smither is undoubtedly an old soul. Considered an unheralded master of modern acoustic blues, there's undeniable weariness to his folk-inspired tunes. With a half-mumbling, gravel baritone serving as evidence of a period spent in and out of an alcohol bottle, the man's finger-picking compositions evoke comparisons to Nick Drake and Van Morrison — if either one of those men had a habit of recording his own steadily tapping feet on his albums. Sure to perform plenty of original material and covers, Smither can be seen performing at Ashland Coffee and Tea on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. $22-$27.
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