Johnsmith January 2019 Newsletter

Hello Folks, John here from the half-frozen, mighty Mississippi. Hope you all had a sweet and peaceful holiday season. We had a very cozy time here with our kids and 5 grandkids. A trek into the woods to cut a tree, some of JoJo’s warm “homemade love” bread, my traditional chili, an epic family cribbage tournament, and loads of movies, walks, talks, and lying low.
2018 was a grand year with a month in CA at the Esalen Institute, the International Folk Alliance in KC, a few trips to Ireland, another river rafting trip on the Middle Fork River in Stanley, Idaho, trips to the East Coast, Texas for Kerrville Folk fest, Oklahoma for Woody Guthrie Festival, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina, and several shows in the Midwest. And my latest CD Ginkgo did great with folk radio. I keep thinking I’m gonna slow down but the calendar says different. Thank God I love what I do. Thank God you all keep coming out and sharing my music with your circle of friends and family.
On to the new year ahead. I’m excited about more of the usual things like my annual Pump House shows with Dan and Larry, 4 Ireland tour groups, another raft trip in ID, and some new things. I’ll be bringing a group with me on my first ever Alaskan Inside Passage music cruise. I’ll be joined by my dear music mates Dan Sebranek and Larry Dalton along with their musical wives, Mary and Barb. There are still some openings if a cruise like this has ever been on your bucket list. Visit
So, let’s all raise our glasses to our shared past, present, and future. Where would we be without music? Here’s to a peaceful, stable, exciting, creative, beautiful 2019.
See ya down the line.
Your friend,



Jan 5 Minneapolis MN the Warming House 8pm 4001 Bryant Ave South
 (612) 845-2255
Jan 11  La Crosse, WI 7:30pm Pump House w/ Dan Sebranek and Larry Dalton
119 King St.  608-785-1434

Jan 12  La Crosse, WI 7:30pm Pump House w/ Dan Sebranek and Larry Dalton
119 King St.  608-785-1434

Jan 16 Fish Creek, WI 8pm White Gull Inn w/ Dan Sebranek and Larry Dalton

Jan 22 Little Rock, AR Doors open at 7pm/showtime 7:30pm
for concert info/reservations contact Joe Henry

Jan 24 Hot Springs, AR private party

Jan 25 Jacksonville, TX  Roland’s Next Door, 7:00 PM 
102 South Ragsdale for info contact Karen 214-794-0706 or
Jan 26 Garland, TX  House Concert, 5:00 PM 
Jan 27 New Braunfels TX 5pm House concert contact Elaine at or call 830-606-0840
Jan 31 Terlinqua TX Starlight theater 7pm contact Jeffro (830) 739-6986 
Feb 2 Rockport TX house concert 7:30pm contact Vicki 512-415-9894
Feb 28. Kagel Canyon CA 7pm House concert. reservations contact Coddy 818-486-8505 or
Mar 1 (Open)
Mar 2 Santa Barbara CA Trinity Backstage 8pm  
1500 State St  call 805-962-2970
Mar 3 Oak Park, CA  Russ & Julie's House concerts 7pm contact or call 818-707-2179
Mar 7 Ukiah CA House concert 7pm contact Tina or call 707-272-4107
Mar 8 Davis CA House Concert 7:30pm call (530) 753-3472
Mar 9 Auburn CA Auburn House concerts 7:30pm or call 530/885-4292 for reservations and directions. Doors open at 7:00pm, music starts at 7:30pm.

April 25 – May 16 Ireland Inishfree tours (sold out)
June 1 Leo and Leona’s Newburg Corners WI w Dan Sebranek and Larry Dalton 7:30pm
June 7-14 Alaskan Inside Passage cruise Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward, AK with Dan Sebranek, Mary Cortesi, Larry Dalton, and friends. For more info go to