Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven 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.

 John is excited to announce the release of his newest CD, The Longing Road.  

Bob McWilliams, KPR (Kansas) says:

“Darn you, Johnsmith! I'm driving on a gorgeous day, and put your new CD in to listen. ‘Family Artifacts,’ reduced me to tears and made me pull off the road. As you have done in the past, you have written another song that brings to the surface so many emotions. And you do it again and again throughout ‘The Longing Road.’ If it is even possible, you do it more powerfully than ever before. Your gift of writing deceptively simple songs that spring from a deep place in the soul is a rare one. And with the likes of Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott and Tom Prasada-Rao, the musical settings are exquisite.”

John's preferred method is for you to buy the CDs directly from him by emailing him at  and we will send you an email invoice that can be paid with a credit card.   Please include the number of CDs you want and your address.  

Price is $15 for 1 CD plus $1 shipping.  

For big savings you can buy multiple CDs: 2 for $26, 3 for $36 etc.

Or you can send a check to:

24721 2nd St.
Trempealeau, WI 54661


 "John Smith's songs always move me. They make me laugh, cry, dance or just sing along. He is one of the most consistent writers of quality songs that I've ever met."

Lydia Hutchinson, Editor, Performing Songwriter Magazine

"When I first heard John Smith my attention was captured by his sweet, earthy voice and fine craftsmanship, but what drew me in was his heart. It's clear that he's lived the pain in his songs and that his optimism is hope born of wisdom. That's a rare thing and a gift to all who hear him."  

Tom Kimmel

“He is one of those really pure hearted people that isn’t wasting any time on the cool factor, he gets there by virtue of his integrity.”  

Frank Goodman

 "I feel like every time one of your songs gets heard a little healing happens to the world. And we need all of that we can get, that's for sure."  

Buddy Mondlock


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