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Chris Smither talks songwriting, drinking and life on the road




Two big music festivals will be taking place north of Tampa and St. Pete this weekend: The roots-oriented Stringbreak Music Festival at Sertoma Youth Ranch in Hernando County, and the Cotee River Seafood and Blues Festival in New Port Richey.

The biggest name at Stringbreak is Chris Smither, who's something of a dean in the world of six-string troubadours, with an ever-growing, enthusiastic following among non-mainstream music fans, who have high regard for his thoughtful songwriting and intricate, skillful guitar playing.

He's been recording and performing since the early '70s, and at age 67, still manages to spend some 200 days on the road every year.

“I guess I still write the songs and make the records so that I can go out and play,” he said. “Except that now I actually look forward to it. I’ve learned how to do it, and I’m very eager to get stuff recorded once I’ve written it.”

For more of Logan Neill's interview with Chris Smither, click here.

And for info about the Cotee River Seafood and Blues Festival, click here for Michele Miller's story.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:26pm]


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