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Book cover for "The Good Hand"
Penguin/Random House

  Like thousands of restless men left unmoored in the wake of the 2008 economic crash, Michael Patrick Smith arrived in the fracking boomtown of Williston, North Dakota five years later homeless, unemployed, and desperate for a job. Renting a mattress on a dirty flophouse floor, he slept boot to beard with migrant men who came from all across America and as far away as Jamaica, Africa and the Philippines. They ate together, drank together, argued like crows and searched for jobs they couldn’t get back home. Smith’s goal was to find the hardest work he could do – to find out if he could do it.

His book this time in his life is "The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown."


The next Albany Symphony concert is coming up on Saturday evening of Valentine’s Day weekend - February 13th – all virtual-like.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has commissioned and will premiere one of Tyson Davis’ first orchestral works - "Distances." He is a 20-year-old composer who has been writing music since the age of eight.

Also of note - the orchestra will be performing a virtually unknown major early work of Brahms - the original version of his First Serenade.


Each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Live At The Linda brings you some of the best musical acts to grace the stage at The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio. This week we feature The Accidentals with special guest Sydney Schizzano from March 2019.