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Alex Smith is on a musical journey

Friday, July 19, 2013 - Updated: 5:04 PM

LONG LAKE - Alex Smith, 21, will release his new album, "Hamilton County," in September, and is touring during the summer to promote the record.

After the tour, Smith and his backing band, The River Brothers, will be at Indian Lake Theater Aug. 31 for a homecoming show.

The tour started at The Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake July 20 and the Adirondack Lakes Center For The Arts in Blue Mt. Lake July 23. Then Smith hit the road with Cape_Breton style fiddler Jake Brillhart and guitarist / mandolin player Dylan Rice.

The trio is playing songs from Smith's forthcoming album, "Hamilton County," which will soon be released by Wepecket Island Records in Massachusetts. Songs from Smith's first album, "The North Country Sessions," will also be heard.

Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, 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 on the airwaves.

Smith began writing and playing traditionally_influenced folk songs at age 12 or 13 and has not stopped. The community in which Smith grew up 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 Rogers' work 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.

Further tour dates are:

July 24 New York City, Rockwood Music Hall Stage One

July 25 New York City, The Shrine

July 26 Youngstown, Ohio, The Lemon Grove

July 27 Eaton, Ohio, Taffy's Of Eaton

July 29 Cleveland, Ohio, The Barking Spider

July 31 Thomas, W.Va., The Purple Fiddle

Aug. 2 Charleston, W.Va., Taylor Books

Aug. 3 Johnson City, Tenn., The Acoustic Coffeehouse

Aug. 4 Marshall, N.C., Good Stuff

Aug. 6 Wilmington, N.C., The Juggling Gypsy

Aug. 8 Alexandria, Va., Fireflies Del Ray

Aug. 9 Harrisburg, Pa., Mangia Qui and Suba

Aug. 10 Long Island, Homegrown Music Café

Aug. 11 North Creek, Tannery Pond Community Center.

     

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