Alex Smith '13 Performing at St. Lawrence
Alex Smith '13 brings his Adirondack-folk sounds back to St. Lawrence University for a one-night show.
Alex grew up in Long Lake, N.Y., directly in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The son of a boatbuilder/writer/banjo player and historian, Alex was immersed in folk tradition from a very young age. Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan were constantly present in his childhood home. He began writing and playing traditional folk songs at the age of 12 or 13, and he hasn't stopped since.
Long Lake is steeped in tradition and 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 — whose works Alex considers to be his greatest influence. Rogers' 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 Alex's own music.
Alex tours solo and also with "The River Brothers," Jake Brillhart and Dylan Rice. Brillhart plays Cape Breton-style fiddle, while Dylan switches between guitar and mandolin. Both appear on Alex's upcoming CD, "Hamilton County," currently in production.
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