"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 April 28, 2016

New Video!

 

Check out this great new video, recorded, filmed, and edited by the fab team of Beehive Pro!

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

It's me frailing hard on the banjo, and singing one of my favorite traditional tunes, "The Cuckoo."

 

New SOLO album, "99 Desires" in final stages of production!

Finishing up the mixing and mastering, then I'm back in the printshop to print up the CD jackets!  The official release date will be August 20th -- please join for the CD release show at St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland -- it will be extra special, as it will be double CD release show with Ashley Storrow!  Ashley sings on my new record, and I play and sing on hers.  We've now started playing some shows together -- so this feels like the start of some new wonderful things!!  Come be a part of it...

 

Songwriting Workshops
Had two great artist-in-residencies this spring, at the Friends School of Portland, and Portland Adult Ed.  I worked with students from 2nd grade all the way to adults learning English as a second language -- and together we created some pretty amazing songs!!  Stay tuned for samples, pics, and videos...

More about the 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!

 

The Swamp Brothers hit #10 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! 

Order your very own copy  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

       VIDEOS

The Cuckoo (traditional)
Filmed, recorded and edited by Beehive Pro, during the
Folk Alliance International Conference,
Kansas City, Missouri.
February, 2016


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.