The Good Hand


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THE GOOD HAND is Michael Patrick F. Smith. As a musician, Smith has shared the stage with folk luminaries such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott, as well as several prominent indie rock bands. His first book, The Good Hand, a memoir about working the rigs during North Dakota's Bakken oil boom, will be released on Viking Press in February of 2021. Several plays he has written, including Woody Guthrie Dreams and Ain’t No Sin, have been staged in Baltimore and New York. Smith has worked as an actor, a bartender, junk hauler, furniture mover, book store clerk, contractor, guitar player, receptionist, event producer, driver, office temp, stage hand, waiter, security guard, set fabricator, legal assistant, grocer, oil field hand, and writer.