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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Smitty's Blues

1. Ought To Be Ashamed

2. Little Voice

3. So Many Roads, So Many Trains

4. She's A Good 'un

5. Five Long Years

6. Your Daughter Don't Want Me No More

7. Same Thing On My Mind

8. You Don't Love Me No More

9. Tramp

10. Sell My Monkey

11. Don't Hurt Me No More

12. I Live Here

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Track List: All Night Long

1. Cried Like A Baby

2. I'm Your New Lover

3. Walked All Night Long

4. Hey Mr. Dee Jay

5. Look Over Your Shoulder

6. Live On This Man's Name

7. Something's Wrong With This Picture

8. What Did I Do?

9. Mother You Say You Don't Like The Black Colors

10. Daddy's Gone

11. Daddy, You Got A Son

12. Is He White Or Is He Black?

13. Thinking Real Hard

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Track List: Mississippi Kid

1. Judge Of Honor

2. Don't Hurt Me No More

3. President's Daughter

4. Living In Pain

5. Ashamed Of Myself

6. I Don't Know Where You Go

7. Blues On The Moon

8. Your Daughter Don't Want Me No More

9. Give Me My White Robe

10. Runnin' To New Orleans

11. Cora, You Made A Man Out Of Me

12. Monticello Lonely

13. Mississippi Kid

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Track List: I'm A Mad Man

1. I Got So Much Love

2. Comin' Home

3. I'm In A Hole

4. Mad Man

5. Get Outta My Way

6. Play The Blues In Paris

7. You Don't Know Me, Mary

8. Your Mama's Crazy

9. Funky Man

10. 35 Long Years

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Track List: Addressing The Nation With The Blues

1. What Have I Done

2. I'm Movin' On

3. I Was Coming Home

4. What Is This

5. Looking For A Woman

6. Play The Blues On The Moon

7. I Wish My Mother Was Here

8. Hello Mrs. Brown

9. Addressing The Nation With The Blues

10. You Should Be Proud Of Your Daughter

11. Put Your Arms Around Me

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Track List: Hold That Train

1. This Little Voice

2. 300 Pounds Of Joy

3. So Unhappy

4. Tell Me How You Like It

5. What My Mamma Told Me

6. Hold That Train Conductor

7. Mississippi Kid

8. Come On In This House

9. You Ought To Be Ashamed

10. Walked All Night Long

11. So Mean To Me

12. Thrill Is Gone

13. Close To You

14. I Don't Like To Travel

15. Killing Floor

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Man, the guitar playing is just so clean. Great piece.
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Good blues !!!
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First time of ever hearing this guy sounds good
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Girlfriend say she don't like me listening to the blues all the time.Gonna miss her cooking!!!!
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koos.vanrens b u r g
Awesom Blues....new discovery for me
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gdion2
Wow, What a powerful bluesman!
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Nice Byther!!
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Absolutely Smoking!!
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Buddy Guy paid Tribute to him the other night.
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No
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Simply love this man's music.
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How could you not love the dude. He came out when the artists came sliding into the Zoo Bar in Lincoln Nebraska to make an impression on rhe blues scene. Love the sound.
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A little white bread feeling smitty, man you gotta love it.
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Born to Ripp
I love to Ripp to Byther Smith's 35 Years & I'm Coming Home. When I hear his music no matter where I'm at I just gotta open up my Blues Harp Case & Get to it.
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don't suffer no wussys
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Blyther is What It Is ain't no bottled water in his blood he gets into your head you got to be careful
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lucretia_sf
Byther is one of my all time favorites. Had the the good fortune to see him play live several times and he always turns it out! I love the fact he writes almost all of his material too!
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OMG Love this guy! !!!
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great blues
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Luv those blues
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Some great swingin Blues ! Awesome !!!
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His face shows how deep he gets, when he is working..... Love to see him live some day.
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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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