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Byther Smith (born April 17,
1933, Monticello, Mississippi) is an American blues musician noted for
his gritty style and uncompromising delivery.
After years playing in clubs all over the United States and the world, a demo tape Smith recorded became the album Tell Me How You Like It, released by the Texas based Grits record label. The release brought him European opportunities, and his next album on a UK record label Addressing The Nation with The Blues appeared on JSP Records. In 1995 Smith retired from his job at Economy Folding Box Company after twenty-five years, allowing him to focus fully on music.
Delmark Records boss Bob Koester observes, "There's a mellowness there that is disappearing in all but B.B. King"
Smith still records and tours frequently.