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All Smiles (on the Surface)

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Very recently, Jim Fairchild didn’t have much to smile about.

Though he was the guitarist for the respected band Grandaddy, the group was fracturing and so was his life.

But now, as he tells music critic Althea Legaspi, Fairchild is starting fresh with his solo project, All Smiles.

His debut album, Ten Readings of a Warning, chronicles his way through and out of the darkness.

Jim Fairchild’s band, All Smiles, performs Saturday night at the Empty Bottle in Chicago.

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