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Chris Smither at Ashland Coffee and Tea 

Thursday, June 26. 8 p.m.

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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.
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