Christopher Smith | Sweet River Grace

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Sweet River Grace

by Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith writes well-crafted story songs in the folk tradition. "Best Song" winner at 2003's NewSong Festival. Winner of 2002's Sisters Folk Festival Songwriters Competition.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Applesauce
3:54 $0.99
2. Mary & Joe
5:26 $0.99
3. Perfect World
4:12 $0.99
4. Dead Horse Trampoline
4:08 $0.99
5. Sweet River Grace
4:46 $0.99
6. Get Rich Or Move
3:31 $0.99
7. Overtown
3:17 $0.99
8. On My Cheek
4:06 $0.99
9. Cinderella's Shoes
4:20 $0.99
10. Cozy Corner
4:22 $0.99
11. Home For Beginners
3:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Christopher Smith has been writing acoustic music and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. He writes well-crafted story songs that aim for the heart. Fusing elements of humor and sadness, his songs feature characters that are quirky, vulnerable and unforgettable. His music is primarily based in the folk tradition, accompanying himself on fingerstyle guitar, octave mandolin, and banjo.

Christopher traces his musical roots to listening to Ray Conniff on his parent's Westinghouse hi-fi. In middle school he was given his first acoustic guitar, an old Stella, and set out to learn to fingerpick. The songwriting bug bit him right away, writing his first songs at age 13. He's been writing ever since.

In the early eighties Christopher plugged in as rhythm guitarist for Bay Area rock band One-O-One. They played such legendary venues as Uncle Charlie's, Mabuhay Gardens, and The Sleeping Lady, opening for the likes of The New Riders, Maria Muldaur, and Huey Lewis. He eventually burned all his skinny ties and went back to making the music he loved best.

In the early nineties Christopher became a kindergarten teacher and began writing and performing extensively for children. His first children's recording, Carry Me Home, quickly became a Bay Area favorite. His 1996 release, The Golden Gate, was a Parent's Choice Award Winner.

Throughout the nineties, Christopher continued to craft songs for adult audiences as well. He performs in local listening rooms such as The Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Cafe Amsterdam in Fairfax, and Strings in Emeryville. He also makes pilgrimages to the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, and the Strawberry Music Fest to try out new material with other songwriters.

Christopher was the "Best Song" winner of Mountain Stage's 2003 NewSong competition, and also won the 2002 Sisters Folk Festival songwriting competition. He was a finalist at Rocky Folks Festival songwriting competition in 2002, the Telluride Festival's Troubadour Competition in 1999 and 2001, and at the Sisters Folk Festival songwriting competition in 2000.

In 2002, Christopher celebrates the release of Sweet River Grace, his first solo release for adults. This recording gives a full-band sound to his original material. It features Chojo Jacques on fiddle and James Nash on guitar and mandolin (both members of the Waybacks), Michael Arrow (of the Red Hot Chachkas) on drums and percussion, John Lester on bass, and Duncan Draper on accordion and keyboard,

Other guest musicians include Noah Hammond on harmonica, Peter Tracy on guitar, Lindalou and Michael Ryge on vocals, and Klaudia Prommessi on saxophone.



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Michael Bowers, Roundhouse Music

Absolutely Delightful!
Christopher presents songs on this disc that make you laugh, make you cry, and leave you hopeful. His ability to paint a story through words and music that are seamless is exquisite. The production is integrated and natural, and really fits the songs. This one gets regular spins, at home, on the road, and in the IPOD, and it never grows old.

Donna Norstad

My kids and I love this CD!
Christopher Smith's voice and music has a magic way of working it's way into your heart. His songs speak of things that we can all relate to: the good old days, the bittersweet pain of growing up, of change and of life itself. His songs are stories that have the ability to make me feel happy, sad, nostalgic and hopeful all at once. And as an added bonus, my 5 and 7 year old love this CD too so we can all listen to it together!

Candace Faunce

This CD is a winner! Each song is special.
I love this CD! Christopher has done a marvelous job. Each song is special and memorable in its own way. The song Cinderella's Shoes is worth the price of the CD alone. This collection of lyrical tunes will stay in your CD player for quite some time. Highly recommended!

Gordy Hall--gordyo Productions

Great lyrics and wonderful music
REVIEW: This is the Christopher Smith cd I've been waiting for...his first efforts were kid's music, and this one is for big kids. The first time I heard "Dead Horse Trampoline" I literally fell off my chair laughing at the "giddyup-boing-boing". The arrangements are fairly sparse but extrememly appropriate...occasional instruments and background vocals...if I had mixed it, the backgrounds would be up a little in the mix throughout. The songs are the true gems of this cd. I have a hard time picking just one to recommend. "Overtown" and "Get Rich or Move" are other 'funny' songs, but on "Sebastopol" and "Cozy Corner" his sentimental side shows through..."Cozy Corner" in particular. Christopher has a way with common phrases and words that he ties together in a very delightful manner, and "Cozy Corner" is one of the best 'father tribute' songs I've ever heard. "Mary and Joe" is another great lyric, and Christopher's vocals shine on this one. "Cinderella's Shoes" took a bit to grow on me, but now I rank it high on my faves on the cd. Christopher is a great songwriter, and I look forward to his next effort.
4 big stars, heartily recommended to those looking for great music and thoughtful lyrics.
Gordy Hall Gordyo Productions

Rechelle Malin

"Sweet River Grace" is the best darn folk record I have heard in a long long tim
This CD is one of the sweetest I have heard in a long long long time. It embodies everything that is right about the american folk music scene. If I could write the rules about how a folk music CD is suposed to be written, produced, and packaged I would just say listen to "Sweet River Grace". The songs are GREAT! The production is honest, straightforward and very well done, and Christopher Smith is just a great guy. You will love this CD and your kids will love this CD. It will be one that the whole fam. can enjoy on long road trips again and again and again. If you like well written singable tunes with a few strange quirky twists, you will love this record. If you don't like well written singable tunes with a few strange quirky twists you will writhe in agony until you can reach the off button.