LONG LAKE -- Alex Smith has recently finished recording "Hamilton County" on the Wepecket Island Records label.
A native of Long Lake and second-generation folksinger, this is Smith's first recording on a national label. Final mastering and pressing are under way, and Wepecket expects to ship by May 1.
The new CD features 12 songs about life in the Adirondacks, 11 of them by Smith and the other by longtime Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren.
Sarah Craig, who operates the legendary Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, has said of Smith, "Alex is a natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home."
Jack Radcliffe, president of the label and producer of the CD, said, "Alex is a young and deeply gifted young man whose music embodies the very essence of the receiving and the passing on of the tradition of hand-made music."
Smith appeared in the documentary, "Songs To Keep," featuring Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary and Dan Berggren.
In the past three years Smith has toured extensively, playing shows from New Hampshire to Indiana to North Carolina and everywhere in between. He will be touring in support of the new CD this summer.
More information on Smith is at http://www.alexsmithlonglakemusic.com
Wepecket is an independent traditional-American music label located in New Bedford, Mass. For more information go to www.wepecket.com.
The CD is available in digital format (both WAV and MP3 files) at http://goo.gl/Mirhdr.