Housefire During the 1970s Byther Smith became internationally recognized as an obscure but deserving cult figure among blues fans, based on live performances and only a handful of singles -- collectors" items dating back to the "60s. This album, recorded in 1984 with a band featuring the great pianist Lafayette Leake, includes nine searing performances of Smith originals, including "Live on and Sing the Blues," and "The Man Wants Me Dead." His punchy, economical guitar statements and extraordinarily emotional singing place him securely among the legends whose music he has woven into his own powerful, vital stylings. A moving survey of modern Chicago blues.
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