This captures folk-blues guitarist-singer-songwriter Smither
playing live in the studio for a hand-picked audience over the Christmas holidays in 1989. Smither
presents 17 songs of his own derivation and others, blasting it all out in a couple of sharp sets in the time-honored folk music club tradition. His guitar work is clean and well played, and his vocals attain a sense of engagement throughout. While his interpretations of tunes by Chuck Berry
, Randy Newman
, Elizabeth Cotton
, Willie McTell
, Jimmy Reed
and others are fine, the true highlights come with the originals "Lonely Time," "Don't Drag It On," "A Song for Susan," "Lonesome Georgia Brown," "I Feel the Same" and the title track.