Singer-songwriter Johnsmith performs at Radio Heartland

Singer-songwriter Johnsmith
Wisconsin singer-songwriter Johnsmith (Blue Pine Music)
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  • Johnsmith - Big Brother Jim (Live on Radio Heartland) 03:41
  • Johnsmith - The Medicine (Live on Radio Heartland) 04:17
  • Johnsmith - Love This Growin' Old (Live on Radio Heartland) 03:14

Johnsmith has been doing the singer-songwriter thing for a while, and that's a good thing. He's recorded several albums over the past three-plus decades with guest appearances from some of his Nashville friends. But he's a down-home guy, a self-described hippie, a birdwatcher and a grandfather. He lives in a 19th-century home in lovely Trempealeau, Wis., watching the mighty Mississippi roll by and bald eagles build nests in his tall white pines.

John's latest album, Ginkgo, came out this spring, and he's been very busy traveling all over the country spreading his music. He'll be returning to the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas soon, where he was a prestigious New Folk Winner several years ago for his songwriting. This year, John is among the faculty for the 2018 Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriters' School, a workshop that takes place concurrently with its namesake music fest.

Johnsmith stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to chat and play some songs from Ginkgo.

Songs Performed


"Big Brother Jim"
"The Medicine"
"Love This Growin' Old"
All songs from Johnsmith's album, Gingko, out on Blue Pine Music.

Hosted and produced by Mike Pengra
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External Links

Johnsmith - official site

Kerrville Folk Festival - official site

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  • Johnsmith performs in The Current studios Johnsmith calls himself a "blue collar" songwriter and by looking at his history you could say that's accurate. He spent a number of years as a songwriter for Nashville music companies and has won numerous awards for his creations including honors at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. He also teaches songwriting to up and coming performers.

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  • Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
  • Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
  • Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
  • Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio
    Johnsmith performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)