Eli Smith, a folk singer featured in the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, heads to Johnson State College on Thursday, Nov. 13. The show, free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. with an opening duo, the Four O’Clock Flowers, in the Stearns Student Center Performance Space.
A singer, banjo and guitarist who grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village, Smith has recorded for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and regularly performs with his old-time strings band the Down Hill Strugglers. The band played with Smith on tracks for Inside Llewyn Davis, produced by T Bone Burnett. Smith and the band have toured throughout the United States and Europe, playing at festivals, clubs, colleges and universities.
Smith is also a music producer, currently heading the annual Brooklyn Folk Festival and Washington Square Park Folk Festival, and curating two releases of historic archival recordings for Dust to Digital and Jalopy Records. He also hosts the New York-based Down Home Radio Show, which is streamed over the Internet and available at www.DownHomeRadioShow.com. He has performed and recorded with Peter Stampfel (The Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs), John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers) and actor-director-musician Sam Shepard, and has opened for singer-songwriters Patti Smith and Steve Earle.
On his Vermont tour, Smith will be playing with the country-blues/gospel-blues/old-time/jazz band Four O’Clock Flowers, featuring vocalist Samoa Wilson and guitarist Ernie Vega. The duo regularly performs around Brooklyn.