Chris Smither always manages to sound real on his records. Like he's living the songs he sings every day. In a sense, that's exactly what the 50-year-old acoustic bluesman is doing—living the very truths he sets to music. Smither's childhood wasn't unpleasant, but it wasn't stable either. His parents, both university professors, moved the family from Miami to Ecuador to Texas to New Orleans to Paris back to New Orleans, all by the time Smither was 13 years old and already fascinated by music.
Another March has passed, and with it another installment of the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where several of us go every year to scout the newest, coolest bands. OK, we all see a few older cool bands, too, but most of the reason we go every year is to give you a brief preview of bands to watch when we get back. Plus, it keeps us from killing ourselves (and each other) the remaining months of the year. Here we go with SXSW 2004 Top 10:
Purple Reign • Prince tribute band
Take our word for it: The Purple One was the greatest rock guitarist to ever live on the planet Earth. Not even the Deaner compares, dudes. A master of every genre The Artist touched, Prince's hip-hop is so fly and far-out that it won't be properly understood for at least 200 years. For reference, we call your attention to a song titled “Pussy Control” for confirmation of what is otherwise known as la neta. While you're on that princely power kick, check out the dude's Purple Reign tribute show, a live concert experience on Friday, Jan. 24 at The Showroom at Isleta Casino. For a mere $25 and a 21-plus ID, experience a semblance of a mystical force, a simulacrum of something sublime. He may have departed this realm early but the essence of what Prince created, his musical compositions—performed live by a killer band—remains.
The Price is Right Live • game show
If you like spinning wheels and people yelling out the retail prices of household products, then leave your spayed or neutered pets at home and come on down to The Price Is Right Live stage show at Route 66 Casino Hotel. There are two shows on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 4pm and 8pm respectively. Tickets range from $20 to $40.