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Byther Smith

Strictly judging from the lyrical sentiment of his recordings, it might be wise not to make Chicago guitarist Byther Smith angry. Smitty's uncompromising songs are filled with threats of violence and ominous menace (the way blues used to be before the age of political correctness), sometimes to the point where his words don't even rhyme. They don't have to, either -- you're transfixed by the sheer intensity of his music. Smitty came to Chicago during the mid-'50s after spending time toiling on an Arizona cattle ranch. He picked up guitar tips from J.B. Lenoir (his first cousin), Robert Jr. Lockwood, and Hubert Sumlin, then began playing in the clubs during the early '60s. Theresa's Lounge was his main haunt for five years as he backed Junior Wells; he also played with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, George "Harmonica" Smith, and Otis Rush.

A couple of acclaimed singles for C.J. (the two-part "Give Me My White Robe") and BeBe ("Money Tree"/"So Unhappy") spread his name among aficionados, as did a 1983 album for Grits, Tell Me How You Like It. The rest of the country then began to appreciate Smitty, thanks to a pair of extremely solid albums on Bullseye Blues: 1991's Housefire (first out on Grits back in 1985) and I'm a Mad Man two years later. With two sets on Delmark and a stepped-up touring itinerary, Smitty really hit his stride. He continued with strong performances and recordings during the new millennium, issuing two albums on Black & Tan, 2001’s Smitty’s Blues and 2004’s Throw Away the Book; returning to Delmark for 2008’s Blues on the Moon: Live at the Natural Rhythm Social Club; and issuing Got No Place to Go on Fedora, also in 2008. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
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its great
i feel his pain
awesome
lol
"35Long-Year ' s " I Gave You My Love
35 year's of HEAVEN straight from-above
At a cross-rode's of know-return
Hearts broken lessons to-be learned
Now you know just how I feel
Choose, it's MY Will.
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
oh yeah here comes good blues
lol
Man what a bad a** guitar player mke you really feel it
KICK A**!!!!!!!!
this cat is badass
First time I heard him and the story about violence, I threw up.
jblount936
This man takes care of business
Dirty Down Home Naked Bluzzz. 3m 14y
why have I never hear of him b/4 - outstanding - seems i have missed a lot
"Gonna break my heart and smile?" Not something you want to hear in Chi-town late night in an alley
There are those you hear for the first time and you say Ok well this is the difference.
The thing about good music is it always finds you and takes you places you aint ever been before
lucretia_sf

Byther is one of my personal favorites. Had the opportunity to see him live several times.
Nice nikey
I think he was very good as well I never heard of him before but it's good to hear a new artist!
First time I heard him. Great vocals and guitar! Thanks Pandora for turning me on to him!
Distinctive and original , srv may have listened to you
awesome
ktremus
Dudes the bomb!
GUITARS WORKVERY WELL TOGETHER ON THIS CUT
Similar voice to buddy guy
Step away from that blues man...
seen him in blue island years ago
nitrofunny02 4 5
Damn good stuff!!!! Wow!
nancy7327
Wow, can't believe I missed this guy's recordings. Only knew him as guitarist for Junior Wells in the 60s in Chicago - great blues
vcocozza
first time I heard him, awesome blues man!
trueeeeeee
Play it blues maan
A great Blues channel to listen to down in here in good ol ' NZ, thanks so much Pandora :)
Can't stop listening. Awesome
inspirit19
Awesome sound!
cherylann55
nothing like blues.......
great sound/i did not know there was so many blues greats thanks pandora
F**k Political Correctness.
kvons1
Byther Smith---grea t blues-man!
dont hurt me no more, im not the one that broke your heart! xD
New discovery on Pandora. Thought I knew all the bluesmen!
yes indeed
TRUE BLUESMAN IF I EVER HEARD ONE BLUES DO NOT GET ANY BETTER
Hidden American treasure if I ever heard any.
He stutters. :-) Good stuff!
you get lost in this guy's sound, complex/simp l e / with attitude. This is straight up music
he's good,but did anyone hear chris duarte do the thrill is gone. I tell you ,you'll like it!
I thought B.B. couldn't be topped. Smith comes close...
kvons1
Great blues-man
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