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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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Beautifully sung and played...Wow . . . S i n g to me!
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Red hot blues is my life sweet home norcal
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Makes me wish I could have been in an audience when he played.
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great guitar player and a soulful singer
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Byther Smith strikes a chord and a beat. Robert Cray too.
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boogiespeed
spent an entire night with Byther Smith one time in Peggy's in Schenectady New York .... listening from 15 feet away at the bar,....chat t i n g at a table during breaks... the whole enchilada.
Byther Smith is the real deal. Did the thrill is gone -better- that BB.
He blew me away........ . . B y t h e r , if you're readin' this, I just want to say 'hello' and wish you the best my friend.
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Well although I like this song, have to disagree with howlinwolfnd e a t h b a t on it being unfortunate that the vocal style is the mainstream conception of what blues it like. Not sure if get that point completely but that's what makes the blues so great to me. The different vocal styles and in my opinion I agree with the mainstream those vocal types are the what blues is like. Every great blues artists no matter what vocal style they use is what Blues is like to me. I love many of them.
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amandaeschet e
Oh yeah good GOOD blues
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Okay, I guess him... and Otis Rush, for that matter... are a bit borderline. Not all of their output sounds like Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Stevie Ray Vaughan - but *some* of their stuff do.
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Yeah, I don't think I really agree about Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy being similar artists - at least, not vocally. SRG and BG were both obviously heavily influenced by Albert King and Otis Rush... and, well, that vocal style just doesn't cut it for me. It is, unfortunatel y , the mainstream conception of what the blues is like.

What I'm saying is... I far prefer Byther Smith to the aforemention e d four artists!!
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Much better than Stevie Ray Vaughan!! \m/
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Sternga5 is f#####g idiot.N Silvia Murillo looks hott.
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Love this song
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A great artist, but the bio takes a depressingly cheap shot at the age of political correctness. No one is censoring Byther's lyrics; apparently the author yearns for the good old days when you could threaten to murder a woman who left you, or white media could joke about keeping n**gers in their place. It's the very age of political correctness that allowed blues singers of very hue to be heard around the world.
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do ONLY bluezzz folk really feel LUV? ya' gotta gift of GOD...
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Mushy loves
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Smith a bad a!!
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f/u someone has been done wrong!!!
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Good blues
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its great
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i feel his pain
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awesome
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lol
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"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 ~
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oh yeah here comes good blues
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lol
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Man what a bad a** guitar player mke you really feel it
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KICK A**!!!!!!!!
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this cat is badass
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First time I heard him and the story about violence, I threw up.
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jblount936
This man takes care of business
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Dirty Down Home Naked Bluzzz. 3m 14y
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why have I never hear of him b/4 - outstanding - seems i have missed a lot
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"Gonna break my heart and smile?" Not something you want to hear in Chi-town late night in an alley
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There are those you hear for the first time and you say Ok well this is the difference.
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The thing about good music is it always finds you and takes you places you aint ever been before
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lucretia_sf

Byther is one of my personal favorites. Had the opportunity to see him live several times.
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Nice nikey
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I think he was very good as well I never heard of him before but it's good to hear a new artist!
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First time I heard him. Great vocals and guitar! Thanks Pandora for turning me on to him!
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Distinctive and original , srv may have listened to you
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awesome
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ktremus
Dudes the bomb!
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GUITARS WORKVERY WELL TOGETHER ON THIS CUT
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Similar voice to buddy guy
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Step away from that blues man...
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seen him in blue island years ago
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nitrofunny02 4 5
Damn good stuff!!!! Wow!
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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
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