PUTNAM SMITH: Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the
19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather’s banjo, and prints up the
jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and
performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a
storyteller for the modern age. http://www.putnamsmith.com/

HEATHER STYKA: Chicago singer-songwriter Heather Styka’s songs are as fresh as they are rooted in the folk and Americana tradition, delivered by a warm and soulful voice.  Also a poet and writer, Styka has an instinct for lyrics that are smart and unexpected but never cryptic, analyzing the importance of moments, places, and relationships.  In addition to numerous songwriting awards, her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis received critical praise, hitting #3 on the national FOLK-DJ charts.  As “one of the more original of the many contemporary singer-songwriters touring the US” (Tom May, River City Folk), Heather Styka stands at the forefront of her generation of songwriters. http://heatherstyka.com/

 

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