Various Field Recordings

This part of the site contains various recordings made by Eli Smith in his travels and travails. These are either field recordings made informally or recordings of live concerts:

Jalopy Theater – Redhook Brooklyn, 2/20/08:

Peter Stampfel, Sam Shepard, Pat Conte, Citizen Kafka at Roots ‘n’ Ruckus Jalopy Feb 20 2008
Peter Stampfel, Pat Conte, Sam Shepard and Citizen Kafka perform live at Roots ‘n’ Ruckus at the Jalopy Theater. (photo by Eli Smith)

This is a recording of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus show (click here to listen)
, which takes place every wednesday at the Jalopy Theater in Redhook Brooklyn. This particular show had special guests! – Playing together were Peter Stampfel (of the Holy Modal Rounders and Fugs), Sam Shepard (the playwright and actor), Pat Conte (Otis Brothers, Secret Museum of Mankind) and Citizen Kafka. The show also featured Dom Flemmons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) and many of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus regulars: Down Home’s own Eli Smith (hope you enjoy my set!), Feral Foster, Jessy Carolina and Hubby Jenkins. This is a long show, running more than 2.5 hours. Peter, Sam, etc’s set starts at 31:00 minutes. The order of performance in the whole thing is as follows: Eli Smith (beginning); Feral Foster and Jessy Carolina (16:30); Peter, Sam, Pat & Citizen (31:00); Dom Flemmons (77:30); Feral Foster (123:00); Hubby Jenkins with Dom Flemmons (134:00).

“A” Train stopped in a subway tunnel in Brooklyn – NYC 2/5/08:

This is a recording of an older African-American guy, missing many of his teeth, wearing a black cowboy hat and boots who played an electric guitar through a phaser. He was walking through the subway cars playing songs. Click here for his version of “People Get Ready.” Its great. I recorded him with a tiny digital voice recorder I carry around.

Anthology Film Archives – New York City 12/8/07:

This show was after a screening of the film “Bound to Lose” which is a GREAT documentary about The Holy Modal Rounders. “The End of the World Banjo Band”is a current project by Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders. Its an all banjo band featuring Peter Stampfel, John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers), Jeannie Scofield, Walker Shepard and Down Home Radio’s own Eli Smith. Faced with the end of the world, seemingly the only option is actually to create an all-banjo-band. The band has 5-string banjos, banjo-mandolin, and 6-string banjo-guitar.

Click here for The End of the World Banjo Band Live!


PA’s Lounge- Somerville (Boston), MA 12/9/07:

This show included Frank Hoier, Feral Foster & Elizabeth Butters. Frank, Feral and myself are part of the Roots n Ruckus music collective that is happening here in New York. Elizabeth resides in Boston.

Frank Hoier
Feral Foster
Elizabeth Butters


Feral Foster Live at Banjo Jim’s July 14th 2007

Feral Foster, host of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus show, now every Wednesday night at the Jalopy Theater in Redhook Brooklyn, plays my Down Home Live gig at Banjo Jim’s back in July.

Here’s some more recordings from my Down Home Live show at Banjo Jim’s:

John Houx – Live at Banjo Jim’s May 24th, 2008 – An excellent songwriter

Alicia Jo Rabins and her band – Live at Banjo Jim’s May 24th, 2008 – Excellent fiddler, and songwriter

Feral Foster – Live at Banjo Jim’s July 12th, 2008 -Top notch blues/folk musician and songwriter

Bob Malenky – Live at Banjo Jim’s July 12th, 2008 – Awesome straight up blues

Al Duvall – Live at Banjo Jim’s February 16th, 2008 – Vaudeville style, hilarious excellent songwriter and banjo player

Here’s some more recordings from the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus show at the Jalopy Theater:

Jessy Carolina Live at Jalopy Jan. 9th, 2008 – St. James Infirmary

Feral Foster sings his song “Suffer Little Children” at Jalopy May 11th 2008

Frank Hoier Live at Eli’s house – Lovers & Dollars

Eli Smith Live at Jalopy Feb 20th 2008 – Wild Bill Jones on 5 string banjo

Hubby Jenkins Live at Jalopy Feb 20th 2008 – Gallows Pole

Sam Shepard w/ Peter Stampfel, Pat Conte & Citizen Kafka Live at Jalopy Feb 20th 08 – T For Texas

Here’s a great live recording of Peter Stampfel playing “Euphoria” accompanied by Jeffrey Lewis on guitar at the Sidewalk Cafe back in 2006.  Ran across it while looking for something else in my disorganized “archives.”
Peter Stampfel plays “Euphoria” with Jeffrey Lewis live at The Sidewalk Cafe 2006