Having spent the majority of his childhood in New Orleans, singer/songwriter and musician Chris Smither is heavily influenced by the blues of Louisiana as well as American folk music. Acting off of the advice of his musical hero Eric Von Schmidt, Smither moved to Cambridge, MA and began writing and performing his own songs. He developed a local following and released his debut album I'm a Stranger, Too, in 1970. He has since been performing and releasing his brand of blues-inspired Americana that is best exemplified on the 2006 effort, Leave the Light On. The album featured the hit track "Diplomacy," earned him the 42nd spot on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Best Songs of the Year.