Chris Mills is one of the greatest contemporary singer-songwriter talents you’ve probably never heard. Mills has been steadily putting out incredible records since the late ’90s, all the while building an loyal and adoring fan base with this driving, guitar-laden pop songs and smart lyrics. Promoting his recent 14-track retrospective, Heavy Years: 2000-2010, Mills hit the DC9 stage Thursday night with a tight backing band and a smile, ready to work and bring one more fan into the fold.

(More shows from the set can be found here.)