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Chris Smither 

When: Fri., Oct. 23, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $20.50-$21.50

Chris Smither is a product of the same late-1960s/early-1970s Cambridge folk scene that spawned friend and admirer Bonnie Raitt (who made Smither's "Love Me Like a Man" a staple of her canon). Not unlike John Hammond, Smither was influenced by the acoustic blues of icons like Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, and Fred McDowell. Over the years, the Florida-born singer-songwriter has earned a reputation as an overlooked fingerpicking master with a flair for penning Dylanesque originals. Smither's recently released eleventh studio album Time Stands Still finds him once again pulling together a mix of weighty narratives and a clutch of stellar covers. The 64-year-old troubadour will be trotting out recent interpretations of Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler along with his own sturdy songbook on Friday, Oct. 23, at Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley). 8 p.m., $20.50-$21.50. FreightandSalvage.org


— Dave Gil de Rubio

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