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    More From the Levee with Live Stream Concert from the Club Passim Stage on Saturday, October 3, 2020

    (Cambridge, MA – September 8, 2020) Chris Smither is set to perform a special concert live at Club Passim to celebrate the release of his latest album, More From the Levee. Smither will play an acoustic set live in an empty Club Passim, a music venue that hosted his very first gig when he arrived in Cambridge in his early twenties. The performance will be streamed on Passim.org as well as Passim’s Facebook and YouTube pages, Saturday, October 3 at 8:00PM. The stream is free, but viewers are asked to make a contribution to Club Passim.

    “Since my last in-person concert in February I, like every other musician, have been trying to be creative connecting with fans, doing live streams from home and most recently a couple of very socially distanced outdoor events,” said Smither. “In talking with Matt Smith of Passim, we came up with the idea of a livestream from the Passim stage itself as a benefit for the club and also a way to celebrate my new record, More From the Levee, that comes out October 2 on Signature Sounds.

    “Chris Smither is one of the most beloved folk and blues artists of the last 50 years,” said Matt Smith, Managing Director of Club Passim. “His style is immediately recognizable, both as a guitar player and a lyricist. He has inspired and influenced generations who have come through Club Passim.”

    “I’m really looking forward to playing the livestream concert from the Passim stage, nice for the fans to see a livestream from a venue for a change,” added Smither. “I’ve got a long relationship with the club starting back when it was first known as Club 47 so there’s a sentimental attachment. It was my first gig when I came to Cambridge….thanks to Eric von Schmidt.”

    More From the Levee, Smither’s 18th album, continues the milieu of his 50-year retrospective Still on the Levee (2014).Reconnecting with his roots, Smither recorded the latter, a double album, in New Orleans at the fabled Music Shed. What resulted were 24 fresh takes on his songs with help from some very special guests including the legendary Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. With his fingers as supple as his voice, Smither effortlessly delivered the other half of his signature sound on Still on the Levee: the back-porch feel of intricate acoustic blues picking accompanied by his own boot-heel-on-wood rhythms.

    Two weeks with longtime right-hand-man and producer David Goodrich at the helm of the sessions resulted in an over-abundance of songs in the can. More From the Levee contains ten of these extra gems including fan favorites “Drive You Home Again,” “Caveman,” and a brand-new Smither original titled “What I Do.”

    Chris Smither will perform a live streamed concert from the stage of Club Passim on Saturday, October 3 at 8:00PM. The show will be streamed via Passim’s website, Facebook and YouTube pages.

    About Passim: The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both performers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music community. Passim does so through their legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of our predecessors-the historic Club 47 (1958-1968) and for-profit Passim (1969-1994). We cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and international artists. Our ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of our community. For a complete schedule, visit www.passim.org.

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