PUBLISHED: 5:03 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Michael Smith to perform in Juneau
The talented and funny songwriter Michael Smith will perform in Juneau on Monday, Feb. 11, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Although wit and humor are hallmarks of Smith's songs, he's best known for "The Dutchman," his poignant portrayal of an old married couple that has been recorded by a dozen other singers including Steve Goodman and Liam Clancy. Among the many other artists who have recorded Smith's songs are Jimmy Buffett, Claudia Schmidt, Tom Russell, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allen Coe, Tony Trishka, Gordon Bok and the band Trout Fishing in America.

Smith is known as a "Songwriter's songwriter," but he's also an engaging and entertaining performer and a versatile guitarist.

He's recorded several live albums that capture his strong solo performances, as well as studio albums that showcase his guitar playing and musicianship with a band. He's worked as a professional musician since the 1960s, performing with his wife, with bands, and on his own. He's based in Chicago.

In the mid 1980s he was commissioned by the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago to write music and perform in the play, "The Grapes of Wrath." The play went on to be an international success and the Broadway production won two Tony Awards. Smith has continued to compose and perform in musical theater, as well as record CDs of his original music.

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  Songwriter Michael Smith
"A lot of times songwriters aren't as good at performing their own songs as other people, but he is," said longtime fan Stewart Ely. "I learned 'The Dutchman' from Steve Goodman, and I thought he wrote it. Then Jeff Brown introduced me to Michael Smith's original version and his other songs, and I was hooked. His style covers so much, it's not just ballads and funny songs, there's rock and jazzy stuff. He's got a great range of songs."

Tickets are $15 and the Alaska Folk Festival is sponsoring the concert with help from Gold Street Music.

For information call Riley Woodford at 463-3071.