LIVE: Chris Smither @ Caffe Lena, 8/16/09

ChrisSmitherLike good wine, some musicians just seem to get better with age.

And that’s certainly the case with singer-songwriter Chris Smither, who served up a wealth of wonderful blues and folk songs to a sold-out crowd of fans at Caffe Lena on Sunday, August 16.

Ironically, most people still know Smither best as the author of “Love You Like a Man,” which Bonnie Raitt recorded way back in 1972 for her “Give It Up” album and made into something of her signature song.

But Smither is actually at the top of his game right now, and one of the highlights of his performance on Sunday evening was a mesmerizing rendition of “Leave the Light On,” the title track of his most recent album.

photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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