John Smith’s honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. For him, it’s all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle, and sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. John Smith tours relentlessly with his guitars, performing to audiences all over the world in festival tents, living rooms and sold-out concert halls, looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen.
John has opened shows for Iron and Wine, John Martyn, Tinariwen and Gil Scott-Heron, and has performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell.
“He’s a magician” – Ben Howard
“Spellbinding” – Time Out