The acoustic Band of Steady Habits came together in 2014 to share their love of music, and to use their talents to help create a new kind of public history presentation. Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, Walt Woodward, and Duke York use banjo, guitars, violin, recorders, bass, percussion, and beautiful harmonies to perform songs – some old, some original, and some contemporary – to accompany visually rich and evocative historical stories. The stories provide new insights and perspectives into topics ranging from the Civil War, to the uniqueness of Connecticut, to the poetry of Robert Frost. Band of Steady Habits performances have received rave reviews in venues throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, and are gaining them fans both for their stories and music.
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Prior to serving as Connecticut’s fifth State Historian (now State Historian emeritus) and a member of the University of Connecticut history faculty in 2004, Walt Woodward was an award-winning hit songwriter, producer of music for television and radio, and multi-Clio winning advertising creative director. His songs Marty Gray and It Could ‘A Been Me were top ten country music songs in the 1970s, while his music for the Care Bears Movie and the Major League Baseball television series The Baseball Bunch, won Special Achievement Awards from SESAC. In addition to winning two Emmy awards for documentary music, Woodward’s television and radio commercials won 8 coveted Clio awards. He is the author of the forthcoming Creating Connecticut (Globe/Pequot Press, 2020) and four other books including Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy and the Creation of New England Culture 1606-1676, which won the Homer Babbidge Award for Best Book on Connecticut History from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History in 2012. A highly sought-after speaker, Woodward is a columnist at Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut History, and producer along with the magazine of the audio podcast “Grating the Nutmeg,” available through iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and your favorite podcast apps.
Rachel Smith Hale
One half of BOSH’s Smithsister Duo. Dabbles in keyless flutes. Only band member who actually enjoys the key of B-flat. Sometimes harangues her bandmates about obscure music theory rules until she remembers she’s in a FOLK band, gosh darn it, and you’ve got to break a few rules in order to make a great folk-music omelette.
The other half of BOSH’s Smithsister Duo. Reluctant fiddler, triangle virtuoso, and surreptitious sheet-music doodler.
The meanest, leanest, banjo-pickin’
college dean mathematician this side of the Mississippi. He has a wristband (that’s a Paul Simon joke), and sports a really awesome hat.
Holds the band together with a combination of bass playing, American grit, and a farm-tested pair of suspenders. Ask him about trains.