Byther Smith – Blues On The Moon: Live At Natural Rhythm Social Club
Delmark DE 796 (2009)
Compact Disc – Also Available on DVD!
Byther Smith is a fighter, a scrapper, a hard worker and a survivor. As a child in Monticello, Mississippi he lost both his parents; his mother when he was one year old and his father six months later. Shipped off to Arizona as a young man, Smitty took up boxing in part to deal with the pain. “I had 69 amateur fights and I only lost one.” Smitty came to Chicago in the mid-’50s and by the early ’60s was playing at Theresa’s Lounge, where he backed Junior Wells. He also worked with Big Mama Thornton, George “Harmonica” Smith and Otis Rush. He recorded his first LP for the Grits label in 1983, two for Bullseye in the early ’90s, and this is his fourth Delmark CD – his first live album.