British troubadour John Smith has toured the world for almost fifteen years with a guitar and suitcase. He has independently released five albums and won critical acclaim in the UK and abroad, as well as playing as a session guitarist and singer for the likes of Joan Baez, Lisa Hannigan and Martin Simpson. John is released his new album 'Hummingbird' on his own imprint, Commoner Records, via Nashville's Thirty Tigers imprint. The plan for the new album was to touch on traditional folk songs that were part of Smith's creative makeup, but he wanted to refer to his present as well. “I didn't want to give it a title that belonged to something someone else wrote 100 years ago. So when I sat down to write, 'Hummingbird' came out of me really quickly, within an hour. It's the rare song that tumbled out, and I was lucky to capture all the pieces. As soon as it arrived I thought, 'This is the glue that's gonna hold the whole thing together'." In addition to the title tune a few other originals, the bulk of the album finds him playing hand-me-down folk tunes going as far back as the 15th Century. The record is surprisingly current, revealing the affirming consistency of the human condition. We're excited to welcome John Smith to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store performance to celebrate the release of Hummingbird.
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Earlier Event: May 5Judah and the Lion In-Store Performance and Signing
Later Event: May 9Jo Schornikow Live at Grimey's