Chris Smither at Ashland Coffee and Tea 

Thursday, June 26. 8 p.m.

click to enlarge night26_chris_smither.jpg

Jaff Fasano

Chris Smither makes apocalypse music. His salt-of-the-earth tunes will not only sound the same after Armageddon, but also remind people of what it means to be a human being. His music embodies the good, bad and ugly of the flesh-and-bone experience. With a voice of wounded but unbowed resilience, his folk-driven take on early-20th-century blues bleeds with melodic compassion. On his 12th studio release, “Hundred Dollar Valentine,” the placidity with which Smither finger picks his guitar is disarming in its range and scope. The Texas-born musician’s knack for finding beauty in the heart of darkness is central to his appeal, and he’s one of the few post-Dylan singers and songwriters who can make peace with various fates without sugar-coating the truth. Chris Smither brings in all back home to Ashland Coffee and Tea on Thursday, June 26. Russell Lacy opens. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $20-$23. ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

  • Re: VCU Professor's New Book Offers a Hard Look at Inequality and For-Profit Universities

    • so are you saying that the public school system produces idiots dumb enough to fall…

    • on February 28, 2017
  • Re: Preview: Big Changes Are Underway at Ashland Coffee and Tea

    • The food is quite tasty. Revamped menu and new chefs brought in. Proceeds from the…

    • on February 28, 2017
  • Re: VCU Professor's New Book Offers a Hard Look at Inequality and For-Profit Universities

    • Are you looking to equate the for-profit schools with public universities, or is this the…

    • on February 28, 2017
  • More »
  • More by Chris Bopst

    Copyright © 2017 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation