Momentum: John Smith
John Smith is an acclaimed English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer.
His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. With a gentle demeanour and dry sense of humour, whether it’s on record or live in concert, he leads every one of his listeners on an enthralling journey.
A contributor and collaborator, John quickly earns the esteem of his comrades and heroes. He has opened for folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called John Smith “the future of folk music.” On the contemporary side, he has opened for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, and Ben Howard. He has guested with artists including Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, and Rodney Crowell, and has played guitar for David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry and Joan Baez.
He has released 5 albums. His most recent “Headlong” reached #15 in the Indie Breakers chart, #1 on iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter chart, and amassed over 10 million Spotify streams. His new album “Hummingbird” releases on Commoner Records/Thirty Tigers in October (Europe) and early 2019 (rest of world).