Wisconsin songwriter Johnsmith has won several awards including Kerrville New Folk. He has 8 solo CDs. He teaches songwriting workshops at many festivals, as well as Big Sur CA’s Esalen Institute. He’s been featured on “New Dimensions” program on NPR, is the founder of Inishfree Irish musical tours, and leads musical rafting trips on the Salmon River in Idaho.

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.

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.


Trempealeau, Wisconsin



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