This month the kitchen moves to Jaffrey, NH where I am taking some time off to decompress from a busy work schedule. Pour yourself some iced tea and I’ll sing you a new song in praise of simple pleasures. I also have some exciting news to share about my forthcoming CD!
Tom at Nourish Restaurant, Lexington, MA. Photo: Dan Tappan
I can finally fill you in on some details about my forthcoming CD.
SAVE THE DATE!
Tom Smith CD Release
Sunday, November 6th at 3:00 PM
Amazing Things Arts Center
I have had many great musical experiences at the Amazing Things Arts Center. I am thrilled to celebrate the completion of my CD at a place that has been important in my musical journey. I will be joined by Seth Connelly and a gaggle of other great musicians to help me launch my first studio recording since 1981! I hope you will be able to join us.
I am considering two different CD titles, and will wait a bit before I decide which one to use. This CD is full of songs that I have written over the last four years, beautifully recorded by Seth Connelly at Humming Lake Studios. It is definitely a folkie CD – me in my natural habitat singing and playing guitar and banjo. Joining me are Mally Smith and Alle Santiago (vocals), Oen Kennedy (vocals and whistling), Joyce Andersen (fiddle and viola), Sean Staples (mandolin), Eric Royer (banjo), Billy Novick (clarinet) and Seth Connelly (vocals, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, banjo and bouzouki).
More details will be coming soon, including a way to support this project by making a pre-order.
This Month’s Music “You Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Me”
Lyrics: © 2011 Tom Smith, Music: Bo Carter
Click the image above to play the video.
Margo and I had a wonderful time in March on Anna Maria Island, Florida. This was a quiet week for us – soaking up sun, walking the beach and enjoying grouper sandwiches. On one beach sojourn, I walked past a pier where I saw a man fishing with his kids. They had very simple gear, and by their appearance I took them to be locals. I imagined that the father worked as a laborer. He did not sport the latest beach fashionwear and had a tan that was over an inch thick – a tan that comes from a decade or more of working under the Florida sun. Behind him was a large umbrella well frayed around the edges, under which his wife was breast feeding an infant next to a beat up cooler. An old plywood guitar leaned against the umbrella pole.
A little farther along I came across a party taking place on the deck of a rather large yacht. Shiny pale northerners lathered with SPF 50 passed around large carafes of mojitoes. The cost of their sun glasses could probably pay the monthly rent for that fisherman’s family. The timbre of this party was rather formal, and if I were offered the choice I would have joined the fisherman’s family for a drumstick rather than a cucumber sandwich on the deck of that boat.
Reflecting back on that scene, I found myself putting words in the mouth of the fisherman while plucking away on an old Bo Carter tune.
Wishing you all a “guitar and a gaggle of friends”!
Peace and music,
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August 6, Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 pm, Jaffrey, NH Mindful Books and Ephemera is a funky little book shop (plus ephemera) in my “home town away from home”. I am sharing the evening with Lydia Fortune with Phil Nigro. Seating is limited.
Sept. 20, Tuesday, 8:00 – 10:00 pm, Warwick, RI On the Dock Grill. I will do the feature set at this open mike.
Sept. 25, Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Concord, MA The Olde Manse. I will be joined by my friends Kate Chadbourne, Pat Kenneally, Bill Kehoe, Linda Abrams, and Robert Phillips.
Sept. 30 – Oct 2, Charlton, MA Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. I am honored to join Kate Chadbourne on the musical staff at this long standing getaway weekend for lovers of traditional music.
…and save the following dates (tickets for both events on sale soon):
November 6th for my CD release celebration at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA,
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