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Concert Mon Oct 15 2007

Chris Smither (Beverly Arts Center)

If you ever find yourself at a cocktail party discussing "intelligent design" with a fervent and well-versed fundamentalist, and you are getting increasingly frustrated and tongue tied, just whip out Chris Smither's song "Origin Of The Species". The song makes a bit of a mockery of several bible stories and "intelligent design" in particular with lines like, "the human race survived because all those brothers found wives but where they came from aint' nobody knows" and "then came the flood go figure, like New Orleans, only bigger". It's just one song in a long career of masterful storytelling combined with exquisite acoustic guitar playing. In fact Chris Smither is one of those musical rarities (joining the small club containing Richard Thompson) that is equally acclaimed for his writing/singing as he is for his incredible guitar playing.

"Origin of the Species" can be found on Chris' 2006 release Leave The Light On. Leave The Light On is Smither's 20th release since his debut record I'm A Stranger Too! that was released in 1970. Celebrate Chris Smither now as he's as relevant as ever and before he becomes an elder statesman of folk blues. Chris Smither plays the Beverly Arts Center at 2407 W. 111th St on October 19, more info here.

[mp3]: Chris Smither - "Origins of the Species"


[mp3]: Chris Smither - "No Love Today"

Live video of "Origin Of The Species"

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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