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, was released on Viking Press, a division of Penguin Random House, in February of 2021. The audio book edition contains recordings of seven original songs as well as incidental music composed by Smith. 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.

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