Smooth Hound Smith



Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' folk-blues duo comprised of "One-Man-Band" Zack Smith (guitars, vocals, foot drums, banjo, harmonicas) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). They record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues.

Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, distorted vocals, and tasty harmonies, they are able to create something rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints.

Saturday,  May 10 at 8:00 p.m.


It takes two. In the case of Smooth Hound Smith, two is all that’s needed to brew a raucous clash of backwoods folk, raw blues, and underground rock. The California-based duo, generate enough power to fuel a full band. But there’s something more intimate about two musicians playing off one another, harmonizing as their collective energy and chemistry blows off sparks. For example, on “Steal Your Crown,” Smith and Doyle kick out the jams with a dirty blues rave-up, all distorted riffs and pounding beats.


Male-female duos in rock & roll aren’t that common so the White Stripes easily come to mind. However, Smooth Hound Smith are more deeply rooted in folk music than alternative rock so that comparison is really only valid in their gender make-up. The soaring harmonies between Smith and Doyle recall John Doe and Exene Cervenka of legendary L.A. punks X as well. The stomping “30 Days” suggests what X would’ve sounded like if they had given in completely to their affection for vintage country.


Smooth Hound Smith balances the rambunctious with the relatively chill. “Body Talkin’” features some lovely vocals by Smith, and the track’s easygoing vibe soothes the ears. But Doyle probably delivers the biggest punch with the finale, “Be My Husband.” Her fiery singing closes the record with fevered passion.




Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown


Tim Eriksen - voice, bajo sexto, fiddle, banjo, bowed banjo, guitar

Zoë Darrow - fiddle, voice Peter Irvine - hand percussion, glockenspiel, voice


Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on his album Soul of the January Hills (Appleseed 2010) through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album Star in the East (timeriksenmusic 2012) to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings Voyage, the new album of northern roots American music from the imaginary village of Pumpkintown (timeriksenmusic 2012).

 The Trio de Pumpkintown celebrates the songs of a fictional New England village in fresh, acoustic arrangements. Much of their music comes from the 18th and 19th centuries: love songs, murder ballads, songs of travel on the high seas, rollicking Afro-Celtic sing-alongs, music of local francophone and Scottish communities and shape-note harmony including that of 18th century Native American composer Metacomet Samson. In addition to their traditional New England repertoire, the Trio also plays their own original music and, occasionally, songs by local P’town bands and music drawn from their contact with more recent immigrants to the area.

 While The Trio’s own compositions have been praised as “strange and original works” (NetRhythmsUK) and “wicked awesome” (The Pumpkinville Daily Sewer), the band is also devoted to preserving other local music of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, and their performances sometimes include an acoustic cover version or two of songs by P’town bands like Weasel Stain (copcore), Crucifer (vegan doom) and Vaginasaur (anarcho-feminist postpop). Adding to their historical and original repertoire, The Trio de Pumpkintown sometimes draws on material gathered during the course of their collaborative research into minority musics in the region.

Saturday June 21 at 8:00 p.m.



Pumpkintown has been known regionally as a musical destination for nearly two hundred years, from renowned 19th century singer Josh Billings Sr. (“Black Josh) to the indie rock scene that popped up virtually overnight after an early 70’s gig by The Shaggs at the old meetinghouse. The Trio learned much of its traditional repertoire from their friend Silas Billings III, a font of traditional songs he learned from his great uncle Josh Billings Jr., who in turn learned them from his father. Silas, who also has a longstanding relationship to Sprigfield County’s indie scene, is just one of several local musicians to have made a guest appearance on the Trio de Pumpkintown’s pre-debut album Josh Billings Voyage: or Cosmopolite on the Cotton Road. The album is available online at, at A.J. Hastings Newsdealer and Stationer in downtown Amherst, Massachusetts, and worldwide at various locations where the band has hidden copies in the woods.

"Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble"  -  > Pulse of the Twin Cities

"This is outstanding, powerful, exhilarating, controlled singing in anybody’s book."  -  fRoots, UK, by Vic Smith

"stark songs and breakneck picking" - New York Times

"among the world's finest folk practitioners" - Toronto Star

"one of the best voices in music" - T Bone Burnett




Time Sawyer


Time Sawyer is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s just what the listener finds in their music – a sense of realness. TS blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high energy entertaining show.  Hailing from the rolling foothills of Elkin, North Carolina, the folk rock band honors its rural roots while also exploring the changes that time brings. Lead vocalist Sam Tayloe and lead guitarist Kurt Layell recorded an acoustic EP together in 2009, but the addition in 2010 of Houston Norris, on banjo, and Clay Stirewalt, on drums, allowed them to create a richer sound at their live performances and on their albums.

Saturday,  July 12 at 8:00 p.m.


Time Sawyer's first album, "Time for a Change", placed high on WNCW’s list of Top 20 Regional Albums of 2011. Its follow up, The Maroon Album, addresses the push and pull between the past and the future, and ultimately arrives at a place of trust for the path being walked. Time Sawyer just released their fourth studio album, Headed Home, which has be very well received.  The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops.


With performances at historic NC venues like The Visulite Theater and The Evening Muse, plus a recent eight week Southwest tour to boot, Time Sawyer continues to develop a loyal and growing fan base. Whether they’re playing in an intimate coffee shop or an outdoor festival, their goal is to forge a face-to-face connection with the audience so that they become friends who happen to be fans.








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