Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather's banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on a 1901 Pearl Letterpress (hand set type, pedal powered!). Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age.
Putnam first came to national attention with his 2009 release, "Goldrush," which went to #5 on the national Folk & Bluegrass DJ Charts (and made it on 6 "Favorite Albums of 2009" lists). His latest release, "We Could Be Beekeepers" shot right up to #2 the month it was released, charting 3 songs in the top ten (www.folkradio.org). Selected as an "Emerging Artist" at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2011), and noted as "One To Watch" (Rob Reinhart, Acoustic Cafe), Putnam has begun to establish himself as an acoustic tour-de-force not only in his hometown of Portland, but as a nationally touring musician as well. Says Jim Blum, of FolkAlley.com: "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."
He lives in a log cabin just north of Portland, Maine, and loves compost.