"If you are ever fortunate to meet Putnam Smith or better yet to hear him play and sing, don’t be surprised if you too don’t begin to feel like stepping into the past."-- FolkAlley.com
NEW CD:  THE SWAMP BROTHERS
the tennesse sessions

Now Available! Order directly from the artists, right here.

WHAT'S NEW Last updated December 2, 2015

The Swamp Brothers hit #12 on the national Folk DJ Charts! AND #3 MOST PLAYED SONG!!

Yes, the Swamp Brothers are now officially making some serious waves in the folk world!  November 1st, we sent The Tennessee Sessions to radio stations all across the country, and for the month of November, the album hit #12 on the national Folk DJ Charts  (www.folkradio.org).  Charting just behind Bob Dylan and the Boxcar Lillies, the Swamp Brothers nevertheless charted higher than such folk legends as the David Rawlings Machine, and Dar Williams!  Even more exciting, the opening track, "Food on the Table" was the #3 most played song in November on the folk airwaves all across the country!  

The Swamp Brothers debut album is now available on itunes!    Or if you want the hard copy, with jackets lovingly printed up by Putnam on his 1901 pedal powered letterpress (you know you do), you can order that here

Who are the Swamp Brothers, you may ask?  After three weeks swapping songs till 4 a.m. in Putnam's log cabin in Maine, the Swamp Brothers (aka Putnam Smith, Steven Bacon, and Nate Spencer), were formed.  These sessions, recorded at Steven's place outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, captures the spirit of the Swamp Brothers at their best.  Recorded in a matter of days, on a vintage analog reel-to-reel set up, this album captures not only the feel of their vintage banjos, guitars, and mandolins, and tight three-part harmonies, but also the joy of three friends getting together to share what they love most in the world.  This video recently surfaced from a show we did down in Greenville, SC a few years back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZW_GzRg2Mg

 

 Radio stations PRESENTLY playing The Swamp Brothers:

WESU 88.1
“Acoustic Blender”
Middletown, CT

CKUT 90.3 FM,
Montreal

KRCC,
Public Radio, Southern Colorado

WLRN Public Radio, Miami, FL

KGLT Public Radio,
 Bozeman, MT

WAMU 88.5
Washington DC

KVMR
Colfax, CA

KVMR/,Nevada City  89.5

WBGU
Bowling Green, OH

WEFT 90.1
Champaign, IL

WTJU
Charlottesville, VA

WIOX/WRPI
Middleburgh, NY

KGLP
Gallup, NM

Out of the Woods
Concord NH

Out Of the Woods, airing on:
Boston Free Radio, Sundays 7 am e.s.t. 
The Global Voice, Sundays 5 pm e.s.t.
The Global Voice, Monday>Tuesday 1 am e.s.t.
Homelands Radio, Tuesday 8 pm e.s.t.
Bumps Radio, Wednesday, 3 pm e.s.t.
Sword Radio UK, Thursday, 11 am e.s.t.
Shout Radio (check schedule)
WYAP 101.7 FM West Virginia (check schedule)
WRAQ 92.7 FM Angelica, New York (check schedule)
KXCR 90.7 FM Oregon, Tuesday 10 pm, Thursday, 7 am p.s.t.
KGIG 104.9 California (check schedule)
WSCS 90.9 FM New Hampshire, Saturday 7pm e.s.t.
KONR 106.1 FM Alaska, Tuesday 1 pm ak.s.t.
Neopa Community Radio Ohio (check schedule)
PineKONE Radio California (check schedule)

MPBN
Maine Public Radio

WFDU 89.1
Teaneck, NJ

WDCB
Public Radio, Chicago

WIUP
Indiana, PA

Folk on Sunday, 1431 AM & 104.7FM
Hastings, New Zealand

WJCU Radio
Cleveland, OH

KPR
Kansas Public Radio
Lawrence, KS

New Hampshire Public Radio
The Folk Show
Kate McNally

What The Folk!
PBS.FM 106.7
Melbourne Australia

Sing Out!  Radio Magazine
Tom Druckenmiller

WNUR TheFolk Show
Northwestern University –Evanston/Chicago
www.wnur.org
Sue Kessell

KBOO, 90.7
Portland, OR

WMCB 107.9
Greenfield, MA

WSPN 90.1
Saratoga Springs, NY

KVMR/FM Radio
120 Bridge Street
Nevada City, CA  95959

The Hudson River Sampler
WAMC-FM/Northeast Public Radio
Albany, NY

Wanda Fischer
www.wamc.org

KEUL FM 88.9   Glacier City Radio
Box 29
Girdwood, AK  99587
Karen Rakos

WSLU 89.5 FM
North Country Public Radio
The Folk Show
Canton, NY
Mike Alzo

WFMT 98.7
“The Midnight Special”
Rich Warren
Chicago, IL

If you hear The Swamp Brothers on a radio station near you, post it on my facebook page!

 

NEW SOLO ALBUM IN THE WORKS!

After a year long 'sabbatical' from touring, I am very excited to be back, with a whole slew of new tunes, preparing for my next season back out on the road!  This summer/fall, I'll be recording the new tunes -- though be prepared for a rather different kind of album!  I'll be recording in my cabin on a vintage reel-to-reel tape recording rig, stripped down and raw.  Think Springsteen's Nebraska, or Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago.  It's gonna be different, it's gonna be good...

 

Songwriting Workshops

One of the things that I've been working on during my 'sabbatical' from touring over this past year, has been developing songwriting workshops for youth.  From the art of songwriting to the history of American folk and roots music, to a week-long residency on social justice songwriting, I've been working with teachers and students to create dynamic programs that engage as well as edify.  Workshops can even be tailored to specific novels, non-fiction texts, or units already in a curriculum!  Workshops can even help your school meet it's Common Core State Standards (for music and/or English language arts).  Check out my new WORKSHOP page, which goes into the details of what might work best for a classroom near you! 

 

 

       VIDEOS

Cast Iron Pan
Official video -- shot "on location" at Putnam's log cabin,
and on the streets of Portland, Maine. Filmed and edited
by Connor Garvey. Dance choreography by Katy Jayne,
featuring the Amazing Cast Iron Pan Street Dancers! May, 2013.


The Stars Will Line Up Someday
Recorded and filmed by Beehive Productions
at the Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay, NY.
Featuring Sorcha on harmony vocals and
Jo Sorrell on cello. September, 2012.


Road Food Foraging, Vol. 2: Autumn Olives
Filmed off I-84, on my way back from playing at the
Connecticut Folk Festival, another adventure in
Road Food Foraging. Features the song "Succotash."
Video was edited and put together by Dave Kopperman.
June, 2013.