Sassafras Stomp is a high-energy dance-band with one foot in Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic traditional folk sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet harmony vocals. Increasingly, Sassafras Stomp performances also include banjo & mandolin player Putnam Smith.
Davis and Nordell’s collaboration began during a month-long musical residency in a tiny Montana town a stone’s throw away from the continental divide. After a debut performance at Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival, the duo established themselves as a regular band at dances across Montana. In 2010, they relocated to Davis’ home-state of Maine to start an organic farm and participate in the New England contradance community. They have since performed for a widening circle of dances, concerts and festivals across the northern tier of the country – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Montana, as well as southern Canada. In May of 2012 Sassafras Stomp was one of six bands featured at the Catapult! National Contradance Showcase in Atlanta, Georgia.