Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the rural heart of New York's Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and fore most to echo the people and culture of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today's most pressing issues with a style of honest and accurate observation often compared to songwriters Stan Rogers and Jason Isbell. Smith's mother is a historian, his father is a writer and boat builder. Their influence is evident in his attention to detail: each of Smith's characters lives and breathes a balance between beauty and imperfection. His stories draw on the triumphs and hardships of friends, relatives, and neighbors near and far. Smith is truly a “working musician,” playing nearly 200 a shows a year.
In the fall of 2012, at the close of his first extensive summer tour, Smith signed with acclaimed folk label Wepecket Island Records. He has since toured internationally both solo and with his band The Mountain Sound, been featured on Emmy-Award winning documentary “Songs To Keep” alongside Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, and Dan Berggren, won an NTCMA award for his record “Hamilton County,” and received extensive radio play nationwide.
Sarah Craig, director of the legendary Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, calls Smith “A natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home,” while Country Music News International’s Bob Everhart says he is “a wonderful, poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present and sneaking a peek at the future.”
When he's not on the road, Smith splits his time between the Adirondacks and Leicester, VT. Live from Caffe Lena, Smith's third release, was released in November of 2017. Find out more about him and catch some videos at www.alexsmithlonglakemusic.com/
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