Byther Smith

Blues on the Moon: Live at the Rhythm Social Club [DVD]

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The DVD companion to a CD recorded at the same performance, Blues on the Moon: Live at Natural Rhythm Social Club was filmed at an August 17, 2007 performance by Byther Smith at a small club in Chicago. Windy City veteran Smith delivers a set of urgent, funky electric Chicago blues here with a vitality remarkable for a 74-year-old. The video shoot is basic but effective in capturing the ambience of Chicago blues as heard in local venues, before an enthusiastic audience in a South Side club that doesn't seem too much bigger than a couple of living rooms, Smith literally breaking out in sweat by the time his set ends. Also included is a commentary track in which Smith doesn't so much talk about the onscreen action as tell slightly rambling stories of his life and career, covering his Mississippi origins, European tours, and days playing with Chicago blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, and Jimmy Reed. The DVD includes a performance of one track, "My Daddy's Mean," not featured on the corresponding CD, as well as some basic comments on the production of the disc near the end of the commentary track by the album's co-producer, Steve Wagner.

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