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Introducing: The Swamp Brothers -- "The Tennessee Sessions"
Finishing up production on the debut album of THE SWAMP BROTHERS: "The Tenessee Sessions"! If you aren't familiar, this is a side project with two of my favorite songwriters on the PLANET: Steven Bacon and Nate Spencer. We've dug out sesions that we recorded at Steven's place in Tennessesee a couple winters ago. They are now mixed and mastered, and in the final stages of production!
Release date: August 1, 2015
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...
If you're new to the Putnam Smith world, check out these accolades for the latest release, 'Kitchen, Love..." (Itchy Sabot Records, 2013):
"It will be on rotation on your summer play hit list for months to come." - Portland Press Herald
"Putnam Smith's music flows easily, sweetly, like a spring hidden in the woods..." - Sara Willis, Maine Public Radio
"The music itself draws elements from the roots of American music, featuring some beautiful clawhammer banjo playing, but is also informed by today's modern songwriters. Putnam's music isn't anachronistic or archaic, it's just heavily informed by a sense of reverence for our shared past and a deep abiding love for the future pathways of American music." - No Depression
* WDCB Chicago's "Folk Festival's Fabulous Fifteen Faves of 2013" (Ranking in at #8!)
*Song "New Shoes" #11 on Tupelo Honey's Best Songs of 2013 (KRVM-FM, Eugene, OR)
*#14 Album on national Folk DJ Charts (June, 2013), "Succotash" #10 song
*Song "Succotash" Included in Best of WUNC-FM's compilation CD "Back Porch Music"
Getting Radio Airplay all over the country -- and the world! I've now learned of "Kitchen, Love..." hitting the airwaves literally all over the world: Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, California, Louisiana - I even just had a friend tell me that he was driving across Iowa, and heard me on Public Radio out there! Want to hear it near you? Call up and request! Here's a partial list of some of the stations already giving the new album airplay:
WUMB, Boston, MA
WXPN, Philadelphia, PA, Gene Shay Folk Show
WRIU, Kingston, RI
Maine Public Radio, "In Tune by Ten" with Sara Willis
WERU, Blue Hill, ME
WMPG, Portland, ME
WETS, Johnson City, TN
WMKY, Morehead, KY
WOUB, Athens, OH
WFHB, Bloomington, IN
WGSC, Goshen, IN
WDBM, E. Lansing, MI
WYCE, Grand Rapids, MI
WKUT, Austin, TX
WRVM, Eugene, OR
KSMF, Ashland, OR
KBCS, Bellevue, WA
WDBX, Carbondale, IL
Iowa Public Radio, "The Folk Tree" (Sundays, 1-5pm)
WUVT, Blacksburg, VA
WKSU, Kent, OH
WVPE, South Bend, IN
WRKF, Baton Rouge, LA
WSCS, New London, NH, "Out of the Woods" Show
WZFR, Chico, CA
WESU, Middletown, CT, "Acoustic Blender" show
WEFT, Victoria, Australia
WLRN, Miami, FL
WWUH, West Hartford, CT
WTMD, Towson, MD, "Detour" show
WTUL, New Orleans, LA, "The Folk Show"
WFDU, Teaneck, NJ, "Traditions" show
WYEP, Pittsburgh, PA, "An American Sampler" show
And many more! Have a favorite tune? call up and request it! A lot of these places, you can email in requests, too! Oh, and do me a favor: if they play it, post it on my facebook page!
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.