"Smith sets out to turn the improbable into the incredible, and succeeds." --Jim Hatlo, Frets Magazine
"This is the kind of album that you're going to listen to in ten years and still be picking up nuances." --Dan Maher, Inland Folk, Northwest Public Radio
Thanks for visiting! There are a few tracks easily played from the little player on the bottom right of the page, or click on "Music" on the left to pick something from a bigger playlist. There are tracks from my CDs, and other artists I have produced here at Palouse River Music. Also various live performances of my compositions for choir, brass quintet, and other delights. Click on my photo on the right to go to my blog. Besides music, there are posts about my native prairie restoration project, and various detours.
I'm a musician living on the Washington-Idaho border, playing the string music of America and Ireland, mostly on the fiddle these days. And I'm a composer, working on a draft of an opera. I also play gourd banjo (and any other kind of banjo, and a bunch of stringed instruments), and you can download my published research on African-American banjo music and Gottschalk, as well as free tablature/notation for banjo of the Gottschalk pieces, by clicking on "Press, Tabs, etc." on the left. You can buy my gourd banjo CD "American Akonting" by clicking on "Buy" in the menu.
I am available for commissions, concerts, and lecture/concerts, I produce records, and can play a solid evening of contra dance fiddle music.