Who We Are

Johanna Davis sings and plays fiddle and sometimes banjo.  She grew up in Round Pond, Maine and started playing the fiddle in the 4th grade at Waldorf School.  She grew up in a thriving community of dancers and contradance musicians, and yes, she was one of those little kids with a sleeping bag at the dance hall.

Adam Nordell plays guitar, sings, stamps his feet in syncopated patterns and sometimes plays the banjo.   He grew up in the hills south of Helena, Montana.  At age 13 he received a bass guitar instead of a Bar Miztvoh, and yes, things have gone downhill since.   He discovered high octane, traditional fiddle music at the little contradance in Trenton, Maine.  Soon there-after, he bought a guitar and a pair of leather soled cowboy boots.  He also performs as a songwriter.

Putnam Smith sings, plays banjo and mandolin.  He’s a fine songwriter who often tours as a solo performer and also bakes a mean cornbread.  When he’s not otherwise on the road or tending his large vegetable garden in Durham, Maine, we do our best to rope him into playing as part of Sassafras Stomp.

…Adam & Johanna also operate Songbird Farm, a certified organic, mixed vegetable farm on the bank of the Sandy River in western-central Maine.  Along with a variety of other crops, they grow sweet potatoes, watermelons, dry beans and an heirloom New England flint corn whose ancestry may just trace back to the Abenaki Indian farmers who historically cultivated the Sandy River bottom-land.