Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*
For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 312-810-3067
Free childcare provided (advance notice required)
I first heard Johnsmith perform at the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) conference in 2016. He was one of 14 artists selected from a field of 130 submissions to play an Official Showcase for everyone at the conference. I knew immediately I wanted to book him! He's a quintessential folksinger/songwriter and storyteller. His songs tell stories, paint pictures, and capture the feelings of living life - not just his own but people from all walks of life.
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.
In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.
With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.
“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
"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 O’Brien
"Your gift of writing deceptively simple songs that spring from a deep place in the soul is a rare one." - Bob McWilliams, KPR (Kansas)
* All monies go to the artist.