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    Chris Smither. Anybody else like this guy?

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    Yeah, he's all over my Pandora station.
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    Been a fan for 45 years, since I first heard Bonnie Raitt sing "Love Me Like a Man".
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    I'm a fan of Chris Smither's music. I have several of his CDs and was lucky to see him live at the "The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival" while I was visiting my sister in SF. I notice in the above video that he is wearing a soft cast on his fretting hand... probably for carpel tunnel syndrome.

    Here is one of my favorite Chris Smither songs. If you watch his fretting hand on the opening chords you can see where he makes an almost impossible stretch while keeping his thumb anchored on the low bass string! Check it out:

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    Great links!

    Bill, that stretch at :04 IS impossible! He's just doing it anyway! It even looks like an optical illusion on the clip - great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Bill, that stretch at :04 IS impossible! He's just doing it anyway! It even looks like an optical illusion on the clip - great stuff!
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    I agree - can't happen. But you're right. Definitely great stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post

    Bill, that stretch at :04 IS impossible! He's just doing it anyway! It even looks like an optical illusion on the clip - great stuff!

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    Yeah! It looks like he is double or triple jointed!

    It may be one of the reasons he is wearing a soft cast on his fretting hand. Years of playing stretched chords like that will take it's toll. IIRC, Leo Kottke had wrist and hand problems a while back and had to undergo physical therapy and alter his playing position.
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    Big fan. Got to see him play up close in a small room in the early 2000s. No amplification. He played & sang beautifully.

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    We've seen him play in a few small venues over the years. That board that he taps his feet on is a big part of his sound.

    One show we saw consisted of a three-person song circle with Chris, Jorma K., & Patty Larkin. At one point, the three of them began a song together, but Chris soon stopped playing his guitar and just sang harmony while Patty & Jorma soldiered on.

    After the song ended, Jorma turned to him and asked "What, can't you play in G?" LOL

    I think Chris was simply enjoying what he was hearing the other two play, and chose to sit that tune out. Funny, nonetheless.
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