the Swamp Brothers


Who are the Swamp Brothers, you may ask?


“It’s always magic when we get together” says Putnam Smith, who became ‘brothers’ with fellow singer/songwriters Steven Bacon and Nate Spencer, after three formative weeks spent in Putnam’s log cabin in Maine.  They first played music together when they met up at Folk Alliance International, in Memphis.  “I invited them to come visit me at my cabin, and they stayed for three weeks.  We kept playing music till 4 a.m. night after night.  That’s how the Swamp Brothers were born. ”  The name Swamp started out as a joke, referring to the road that Putnam’s cabin is on.  Swamp Road Boys became Swamp Boys; by the time it had evolved into The Swamp Brothers, the name had stuck.  


The swamp brothers have just released the "The Tennessee Sessions".  This album, recorded at Steven’s place outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, after coming off a southern tour together, distills the spirit of the Swamp Brothers at their best.  Recorded in a matter of days, on an analog reel-to-reel set-up, this album captures not only the feel of their vintage instruments, and the vibrancy of their songwriting, but also the joy of three friends getting together to share what they love most. “The Tennessee Sessions” marks their debut album as an acoustic trio.  


Press Release, December 2016:


The Swamp Brothers album "The Tennesse Sessions" was nominated for the first round of Grammy awards!  Although we did not make it to the second round (the official grammy nomination), we were very honored to have been nominated by the Acadmy for the first round!


Press Release, December 2015:


The Swamp Brothers hit #10 on the national Folk DJ Charts! AND #3 MOST PLAYED SONG!!


Download / listen to the album at


Yes, the Swamp Brothers are now officially making some serious waves in the folk world!  November 1st, we sent The Tennessee Sessions to radio stations all across the country, and for the month of November, the album hit #10 on the national Folk DJ Charts  (  Charting just behind Bob Dylan and the Boxcar Lillies, the Swamp Brothers nevertheless charted higher than such folk legends as the David Rawlings Machine, and Dar Williams!  Even more exciting, the opening track, "Food on the Table" was the #3 most played song in November on the folk airwaves all across the country!  


The Swamp Brothers debut album is now available on itunes!    Or if you want the hard copy, with jackets lovingly printed up by Putnam on his 1901 pedal powered letterpress (you know you do), you can order that here.



Radio stations PRESENTLY playing The Swamp Brothers:


WESU 88.1

“Acoustic Blender”

Middletown, CT


CKUT 90.3 FM,




Public Radio, Southern Colorado


WLRN Public Radio, Miami, FL


KGLT Public Radio,

 Bozeman, MT


WAMU 88.5

Washington DC



Colfax, CA


KVMR/,Nevada City  89.5



Bowling Green, OH


WEFT 90.1

Champaign, IL



Charlottesville, VA



Middleburgh, NY



Gallup, NM


Out of the Woods

Concord NH


Out Of the Woods, airing on:

Boston Free Radio, Sundays 7 am e.s.t.  

The Global Voice, Sundays 5 pm e.s.t.

The Global Voice, Monday>Tuesday 1 am e.s.t.

Homelands Radio, Tuesday 8 pm e.s.t.

Bumps Radio, Wednesday, 3 pm e.s.t.

Sword Radio UK, Thursday, 11 am e.s.t.

Shout Radio (check schedule)

WYAP 101.7 FM West Virginia (check schedule)

WRAQ 92.7 FM Angelica, New York (check schedule)

KXCR 90.7 FM Oregon, Tuesday 10 pm, Thursday, 7 am p.s.t.

KGIG 104.9 California (check schedule)

WSCS 90.9 FM New Hampshire, Saturday 7pm e.s.t.

KONR 106.1 FM Alaska, Tuesday 1 pm ak.s.t.

Neopa Community Radio Ohio (check schedule)

PineKONE Radio California (check schedule)



Maine Public Radio


WFDU 89.1

Teaneck, NJ



Public Radio, Chicago



Indiana, PA


Folk on Sunday, 1431 AM & 104.7FM

Hastings, New Zealand


WJCU Radio

Cleveland, OH



Kansas Public Radio

Lawrence, KS


New Hampshire Public Radio

The Folk Show

Kate McNally


What The Folk!

PBS.FM 106.7

Melbourne Australia


Sing Out!  Radio Magazine

Tom Druckenmiller


WNUR TheFolk Show

Northwestern University –Evanston/Chicago

Sue Kessell


KBOO, 90.7

Portland, OR


WMCB 107.9

Greenfield, MA


WSPN 90.1

Saratoga Springs, NY



120 Bridge Street

Nevada City, CA  95959


The Hudson River Sampler

WAMC-FM/Northeast Public Radio

Albany, NY


Wanda Fischer


KEUL FM 88.9   Glacier City Radio

Box 29

Girdwood, AK  99587

Karen Rakos


WSLU 89.5 FM

North Country Public Radio

The Folk Show

Canton, NY

Mike Alzo


WFMT 98.7

“The Midnight Special”

Rich Warren

Chicago, IL


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