New Release: John Smith – The Time Has Come

Photo Credit: Rose Cousins

John Smith has unveiled The Time Has Come, the newest single from his recent record Hummingbird, released here in the UK back in October, and set for release on March 22nd in the US

Take a listen to the new track below…

Smith, who has released five albums and toured the world for almost fifteen years playing as a session guitarist and singer for the likes of Joan Baez, Lisa Hannigan, and David Gray, became a folk devotee as a teenager after hearing artists like John Renbourn for the first time. Renbourn, a major inspiration and influence on Smith’s art, has since dubbed the artist “the future of folk music”

“The six strings of my guitar have granted me access to a sacred space between things, the unconscious interweaving sensations that allow us that gentle buzz on hearing a good folk song,” Smith explains of his journey. “I’ve been immeasurably fortunate to open for and even play with some of my heroes and influences in the folk world. Their work and their generosity of spirit have been a constant reminder that I must keep playing, recording and touring, no matter the cost,” he continues. “There is always work to be done in the service of good music”

It was with that mindset that Smith once again returned to songwriter and producer Sam Lakeman’s studio in Somerset to commit seven of his favourite folk songs to tape alongside three original songs. The tracks quickly took on their own shape in Lakeman’s able hands; with a “less is more” approach and the help of good friends and fellow powerhouses Cara Dillon, John McCusker, and Ben Nicholls, Smith created his purest, most elegant recordings to date

In support of the release, Smith will tour the US with artist Peter Mulvey, see below for a list of tour dates….

3/21 – Flying Goose Brew Pub – New London, NH*
3/22 – The Loft at City Winery – NY, NY*
3/25 – MUSEXPO showcase – Los Angeles, CA
3/27 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA*
3/28 – The Locks at Sona – Philadelphia, PA*
3/29 – The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA*
3/30 – The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA*
3/31 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA*
5/2 – The Lounge at City Winery – Nashville, TN*
5/3 – Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, GA*
5/4 – The Lounge at Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC*
5/5 – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC*

  • w/ Peter Mulvey

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