"John's plays and sings so well you almost don't notice how good his songs are. It's all there, and he's this nice regular guy you want to hang out with. Watch out, his music will sneak up on you."|
- Tim OBrien
"Johnsmith extends his growing, glowing reputation . . . beautiful, high tenor voice, excellent guitar playing, and spirited, uplifting songs. His music is open-hearted, unpretentious, grounded in the personal, yet always accessible and universal."
- Sing Out! magazine
"I feel like every time one of Johnsmith's songs gets heard a little healing happens to the world."
- Buddy Mondlock
Johnsmith was born into a family of ten children in Dewitt, IA. After learning to play the guitar at 19, he began writing songs, leading to a career that found him playing over 150 dates a year. A winner of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, he has also won songwriting awards at the Telluride, Rocky Mountain Folks, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals. Johnsmith leads multiple musical trips to Ireland each year and teaches songwriting workshops at Kerrville, Summersongs, as well as at an annual residency at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
Ginkgo is Wisconsin singer-songwriter Johnsmiths 8th solo CD. 13 new original songs ranging from the insightful Fallow Season to the moving title track Ginkgo. From the fun talkin blues Lucky Duck, to his strong belief in nature in the powerful song, The Medicine. This new CD finds Johns songwriting skills reaching a new depth in the art of combining craft and heart.
Ginkgo was co-produced with long time friend Tom Prasada-Rao and features guitar, dobro, banjo, violin, upright bass, with harmony vocals by Johns daughter Elisi Smith-Waller and long time partner Dan Sebranek.
Rainshadow Recording Studio - Outdoor Show (View)
Fort Worden State Park, Bldg 315 West
Port Townsend, WA 98368
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|