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.
John’s new album title 'Headlong' implies impulsive, breakneck motion - written as it was, during various touring stints in North America - with a view ahead, to new horizons and new songs, to new opportunities and new audiences. The album also bears the indelible loss of John’s friend and guitar hero John Renbourn,
who called John “the future of folk music” and to whose memory 'Headlong' is dedicated.