Byther Smith: Byther Smith On Black And Tan, Vol. 1 (2018) [blues]
During the 1970s Byther “Smitty” Smith became internationally recognized as an obscure but deserving cult figure among blues fans, based on live performances and only a handful of singles — collectors’ items dating back to the ’60s
His punchy, economical guitar statements and extraordinarily emotional singing place him securely among the legends whose music he has woven into his own powerful, vital stylings.
Byther recently returned from Lucerne, Switzerland and headlined at the 2013 Lucerne Blues Festival. Byther wishes to thank the hosts, sponsors and fans for all of their hospitality, support and enthusiasm.
When Smitty turned 80, his 80th birthday was celebrated at Kingston Mines. Smitty was quoted as saying “I am going to keep playing as long as I can and share my songs with all of the fans, new and old”. Watch for him in your local area, as he is frequently called to Eurpoe, Asia and South America, as well as East or West Coast venues. He prefers to bring his Chicago based band of 8 years, but may entertain other offers.