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Sounds Like: Dave Alvin, Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien
Label: Wepecket Island Records
Manager: North Point Records
Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, NY, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The son of a boatbuilder/writer/banjo player and a historian, Smith was immersed in folk tradition from a very young age. Around the house, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan were constantly present on the airwaves.
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Bring your axe and jam with Alex Smith! Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, NY, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The son of a boatbuilder/writer/banjo player and a historian, Smith was immersed in folk tradition from a very young age. Smith began writing and playing traditional folk songs at the age of 12 or 13, and has not stopped since. The community Smith grew up in is steeped in tradition, and also offers plenty of material for contemporary songs. The work of Adirondack folk legends Dan Berggren, Chris Shaw, and Peggy Lynn were extremely influential, as was Canadian artist Stan Rogers. It is the work of Rogers that Smith considers to be his greatest influence. His idea of promoting a sense of pride in the traditions of one's culture, while at the same time speaking about the issues presented to it in modern times, is the backbone of Smith's music. Smith now tours and records extensively both solo and with his band The Mountain Sound, and signed in 2012 with Wepecket Island Records for the forthcoming album "Hamilton County," which will be his third.
Alex Smith grew up in the heart of the Adirondacks, the son of a boatbuilder and a historian. He started to write songs at the age of 12 drawing inspiration from his rural community. Promoting a sense of pride in one’s traditions, while also addressing the issues of modern times is the backbone of Smith’s original music. Hamilton County is his 3rd album. “Alex is a natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home –Caffe Lena
The concerts are held at Chesterwood on Friday evenings, rain or shine, from July 11 through August 29. Solo artists perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by bands at 7:30 p.m. The grounds open at 6 p.m.; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. A glass of Wandering Star Craft Brewery beer, made in the Berkshires, is included with adult admission. Homemade snacks from Delicious Traditions and refreshments, including beer, will be available for purchase.
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