A double bill of musical acts from the northeastern-most state, singer-songwriter Putnam Smith and acoustic duo Jo and Sorcha, is ready to go tonight at the Recovery Lounge, the evening alter ego of Upper Jay Upholstery in Upper Jay.
Smith, who lives in a log cabin in the vicinity of Portland, Maine, performed locally on Nov. 19, 2011, at Saranac Lake's BluSeed Studios. He sings songs he wrote, plays banjo and guitar, prints his CD labels on an old letter press and has a lot to say about his other career as a horticulturalist - especially his fondness for compost. He really loves the stuff.
He's been praised by Dirty Linen and Performer magazines, and his latest album, "We Could Be Beekeepers," went to No. 2 on the National Folk & Bluegrass DJ Charts for the month of June 2011, with three songs in the top 10.
Putnam Smith performs with a guest cellist at Saranac Lake’s BluSeed Studios in November 2011.
(Enterprise file photo — Peter Crowley)
Jo and Sorcha are a cello-banjo duo who also sing harmony together. They played at BluSeed in February, and they're working on an album with Beehive Productions of Saranac Lake.
Here's the official line from their Web bio:
"Jo rolls her classical cello background into funky bluegrass chops a-la Crooked Still and Ben Sollee, while Sorcha's songwriting and banjo/guitar playing is steeped in jazz, folk and blues, with influences ranging from Nina Simone to Bonnie Raitt to Tom Waits."
The show starts at 8 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested for admission