Friday, October 26, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2

I did a whole lot of music work on this video game, Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Games - which comes out today! It is a truly amazing game, a Western set in 1899.

You will find me playing banjo on the game's cinematic score, as well as contributing to the in-game music. In the world of the video game you will hear me playing banjo, guitar, jaw harp, mandolin and whistling.

I also arranged and adapted old and traditional songs, re-written to fit the game, and worked with the actors who play the characters, teaching them the songs to sing... And if you look real close you will find me in the game, in the role of a cowboy, sitting at a campfire playing guitar...

I worked on this game off and on for about 2 1/2 years and am very happy to see it finished and issued to the world. 

Says one reviewer:
"If there is anything here in this game that feels actually, genuinely perfect, it's the music."

Says another reviewer:
"Rockstar Games’ new open-world western opus is exhaustively detailed and exhaustingly beautiful, a mammoth construction of which every nook and cranny has been polished to an unnerving shimmer. It is a stirring tribute to our world’s natural beauty, and a grim acknowledgment of our own starring role in its destruction. It tells a worthy and affecting story that weaves dozens of character-driven narrative threads into an epic tapestry across many miles and almost as many months. When the sun sets and the tale has been told, it leaves players with a virtual wild-west playground so convincingly rendered and filled with surprises that it seems boundless."

And another:
"Even more impressive is the selection of original music that references in-game locations and events. Hearing a song about the fictitious city you’re in that references all the other fictitious locations around really helps make the world feel even more alive and connected."

Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer & Fall Tour Dates

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Here are upcoming tour dates for Eli Smith as a solo and with The Down Hill Strugglers:

Sat. August 11th
John Cohen with the Down Hill Strugglers
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Fri.  August 24th
Eli Smith, solo
w/ Bill & the Belles (Record release!)
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Thurs. & Fri.  September 6th and 7th
Oldtone Roots Music Festival
John Cohen with the Down Hill Strugglers (On Sept. 7th)
Cool Whisper Farm
North Hillsdale, NY

Sun. September 9th
Washington Square Park Folk Festival
with the Down Hill Strugglers and John Cohen
Free & open to the public!

Wed. September 19th
7:45 doors, music shortly after 8!
BYOB and chair and donation
203 Pope St.
Louisville, KY

September 27th - 30th
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
with the Down Hill Strugglers
Berkeley, CA

Tues. October 2nd
House Concert
with the Down Hill Strugglers
Santa Cruz, CA
Details TBA

Wed. October 3rd
House Concert
with the Down Hill Strugglers
Palo Alto, CA
Details TBA

Sat. Ocober. 6th
Boulevard Music
The Down Hill Strugglers
with Jim Kweskin
4316 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, November 27, 2017

Winter Tour Dates

Sat. December 2nd
with Jerron Paxton
Fair Lawn Community Center
10-10 20th St.
Fair Lawn, NJ

Thurs. December 7th
Crown Finish Caves
925 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY
Doors at 7:30
Eli Smith + John Cohen
Four O'Clock Flowers
Mamie Minch

Fri.  December 8th
Roots n Ruckus Festival
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tour Dates

Wed. January 4th
Roots n Ruckus
The Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Sun. March 5th
Dump Trump Benefit Party
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Sat. March 11th
Benefit Concert to Preserve St. Ann's ChurchSt. Ann's Church
157 Montague St, Brooklyn
Eli Smith
Eva Salina & Peter Stan
Square Dance with Dave Harvey & The NYC Barn Dance
All proceeds benefit the much needed restoration of St. Ann's Church, home of the Brooklyn Folk Festival!
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Wed. March 15th
Roots n Ruckus
The Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Sat. April 1st
Whitneyville Cultural Commons
1253 Whitney Ave
Hamden, Connecticut

Wed. April 19th
Roots n Ruckus
The Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Fri. June 2nd
American Folk Art Museum
2, Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street
New York, NY

Friday, September 2, 2016

Down Hill Strugglers: Fall Tour Dates

Hello everyone. The Down Hill Strugglers have gigs this Fall! Look out!

Sunday, Sept. 18th

Jalopy 10th Anniversary Festival!
Lots of other great bands!  Celebrate the Jalopy!
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, Oct. 1st

Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
w/ John Cohen & The Four o'clock Flowers

Friday, Oct. 7th
The Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
405 W Rosemary St,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Saturday, Oct. 8th 

Floyd Country Store
206 S Locust St, Floyd, VA 24091

Sunday, Oct. 9th
Nach Bar
969 Charles St, Louisville, KY 40204
Thursday, Oct. 13th
St. Louis Folk School
3323 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 14th & 15th

Ozark Folk Festival
Eureka Springs, AR

Sunday, Oct. 16th
w/ The Ozark Highballers
Fayetteville, AR
House Concert
Details at:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Down Hill Strugglers: August Tour Dates

Look out!  The Down Hill Strugglers have a few dates in the midwest in August! 

August 4th - Chicago, IL
The Hide Out
6:00 pm
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL

August 6th - Madison, WI
Sugar Maple Festival
1:50pm Main Stage performance
Other workshop appearances TBA

Friday, April 1, 2016

Down Hill Strugglers: Spring Tour Dates

The Down Hill Strugglers are taking to the road, with gigs in Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky! 

Sunday, May 1st
House Concert - Baltimore, MD
Opening presentation on Maryland fiddle tunes!
For details email:
arobertsgevalt [at]

Wednesday, May 4th
Whistlepig Productions House Concerts - Atlanta, GA

Venue is a private home in the Emory/Decatur area of Atlanta
light refreshments served. BYOB okay
$20 suggested donation all proceeds go to performers
Reserved seating only
For reservations and directions, email:
Visit our Facebook page:

Friday, Sunday May 6-8th

Multiple performances! Check website for details!
Knoxville Stomp Festival - Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, May 10th
The Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
Doors at 8 music at 8:30pm
405 W Rosemary St,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Thursday, May 12th
Willow Tree Music Room - Johnson City, TN
W/ Bill & the Belles
216 E Main St, Johnson City, TN

Friday, May 13
Isis Music Hall - Asheville, NC
743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Saturday, May 14th
Warren's on Route 60 - Middletown, KY

Tuesday, May 17th 
Folk School Coffee Parlor - Ludlow, KY
Suggested donation of $10
332 Elm St, Ludlow, KY 41016

Thursday, May 19th
Square Dance - Louisville, KY
Doors open at 7pm with jamming in the bar Beginners dance workshop around 7:30pm DANCING from 8–10:30pm
Amvets Post 9 Louisville, KY & Danny Mac's Pizza 1567 S Shelby St Louisville, KY 40217