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

August 18th, 2009, 12:15 pm by Greg

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.

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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