Sunshone Still: 'Damn You, California' Sunshone Still's Chris Smith, a Nashville native, draws inspiration from artists like Townes Van Zandt and Elliott Smith. The songs of Sunshone Still offer heavy doses of both wit and misfortune. Smith picked the performance name from the Nick Drake song, "Place to Be."
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Sunshone Still: 'Damn You, California'

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Sunshone Still: 'Damn You, California'

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Sunshone Still's Dead Letters was recently voted runner-up for Best Local CD in the Columbia, S.C. area. hide caption

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Sunshone Still is the recording name for Nashville native and South Carolina resident Chris Smith. Smith picked the pseudonym from the Nick Drake song, "Place to Be."

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An artistic rendering of Sunshone Still's Chris Smith.

Drake sings, "And I was green, greener than the hill/ Where flowers grew and the sun shone still/ Now I'm darker than the deepest sea/ Just hand me down, give me a place to be." His words of seeking solace and a sense of belonging translate well as the name for Smith's grainy, soft-spoken baritone and story-song musings of wit and misfortune.

Along with Drake, Smith is influenced by a number of venerable artists like Elliott Smith and Townes Van Zandt. Sunshone Still recently received an honorable mention at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Competition.

The featured track from Sunshone Still's debut release, Dead Letters, is a tune about love lost, titled "Damn You, California."