Alex Smith and The Mountain Sound

Alex Smith and The Mountain Sound

 North Creek, New York, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Alex Smith is a 22-year-old folk musician from the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York. His original music generally focuses on contemporary life in the mountains. He is joined on the road and in the studio by his band The Mountain Sound, which includes a mandolin, fiddle, and occasionally cello. Smith's third release, entitled "Hamilton County" will be released on April 15th by Wepecket Island Records.

Biography

Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, NY, 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 present on the airwaves. 
Smith began writing and playing traditional folk songs at the age of 12 or 13, and has not stopped since. The community Smith grew up in 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 the work of Rogers 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.