Saddle Mountain Post chronicles the sparkling revival of traditional country and folk music that is reclaiming North America’s oldest music traditions while creating something wholly new, and vital, in the process. We examine and gaze in awe at the music, the people creating it, the community that has sprung up to support it, the themes on which the music is built. And why it matters so much.  More on our approach can be found here.

Sean Smith edits Saddle Mountain Post. He has written about music, fatherhood and culture for The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Nashville Tennessean, Politico, Grammy.com, and Voices of the River. Sean is a native Oregonian and proud member of the Chinook Indian Nation. His ancestors descended from atop Saddle Mountain on the Northern Oregon coast where the mighty Columbia River flows into the Pacific, and he is occasionally still visited by Blue Jay, the ancient storyteller. He now resides in Berkeley, CA with his wife and two young sons. He is also an executive at the Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the Grammy Awards and much more.