On Saturday, November 18th at 6 PM Grant Maloy Smith will be live at the museum.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Smith is now based in Rhode Island, but his Appalachian roots run deep. "My grandmother was from Southeastern Kentucky,” he says. “The sweet blend of acoustic guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer... this is what she instilled in me at a very young age."
Smith’s critically acclaimed new album, “Dust Bowl: American Stories,” is based on the history of the Dust Bowl, the series of massive dust storms that devastated the Southern Plains states during the 1930s. The music magazine No Depression called Smith’s album “as potent as Woody Guthrie, as intense as John Trudell and dusted with the trials and tribulations of Tom Joad – Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath.” The Knoxville News Sentineldescribed the songs as “sweet, sad, defiant and full of sentimentality.”
Smith is an active member of NARAS (The Grammys®), the AMA (Americana Music Association), the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association Intl), the CMA (Country Music Association) and RISA (Rhode Island Songwriters Association). He recently received the award for Best Male Americana Artist at the Indie Channel Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Admission is $5 at the door. Concert starts at 6 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM.