New Orleans musician Chris Smither will be making a stop at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. Smither creates simple, yet emotionally powerful music with his blues and folk-fueled narratives.

Smither’s signature finger-picking style mixes with his whiskey-meets-honey vocals to deliver intensely honest meditations on life, love and loss. It also serves as a reminder why artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall have mined Smither’s catalog in the past. Smither’s career spans 40 years, 12 albums and three DVDs. He tours world-wide, performing at clubs, concert halls and festivals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Last month brought the release of a brand new live album, “Lost and Found.” Over the years, like most touring musicians, Smither has collected countless tapes, CDs, DATS, etc. of his live concerts. Often these recordings can be a bit rough, but he struck gold one afternoon when he came upon a box of CDs and DATS from concerts performed between 1993 and 2003. Upon listening, he discovered recordings of some real gems from his catalog, and the sound quality and performances were outstanding.

This new collection of 14 songs joins “Another Way to Find You” and “Live As I’ll Ever Be” in Smithers’ catalog of live recordings. The CD will not be available in stores but may be purchased at the Strand the evening of the concert.

Tickets are $22 in advance and will be $25 at the door, general admission. For tickets or information, call The Strand Theatre at 594-0070 or purchase tickets online at

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to