"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
the tennesse sessions

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WHAT'S NEW Last updated November 20, 2015

Introducing: The Swamp Brothers -- "The Tennessee Sessions"

The Swamp Brothers debut album is NOW AVAILABLE!!  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.  

 Radio stations PRESENTLY playing The Swamp Brothers:

WESU 88.1
“Acoustic Blender”
Middletown, CT

CKUT 90.3 FM,

Public Radio, Southern Colorado

WLRN Public Radio, Miami, FL

KGLT Public Radio,
 Bozeman, MT

WAMU 88.5
Washington DC

Colfax, CA

KVMR/,Nevada City  89.5

Bowling Green, OH

WEFT 90.1
Champaign, IL

Charlottesville, VA

Middleburgh, NY

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)

Maine Public Radio

WFDU 89.1
Teaneck, NJ

Public Radio, Chicago

Indiana, PA

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

WJCU Radio
Cleveland, OH

Kansas Public Radio
Lawrence, KS

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



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! 




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.