Johnsmith's sixth CD "Gravity of Grace,” co-produced with Tom Prasada-Rao, recorded in Dallas, TX, includes a cast of acoustic music’s finest players including Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, Tom Prasada-Rao, Jagoda, Radoslav Lorkorvic, Ray Bonneville, Jonathan Byrd, and Jimmy LaFave. John is a winner of songwriting awards at Kerrville, Telluride, Rocky Mountain Folks, and Falcon Ridge folk festivals. The songs on Gravity of Grace find John once again stretching his songwriting wings. Expressing the harder edges of life and love, these songs span a broad spectrum of genres from folk to blues, from gospel to Celtic. The CD includes the catchy opening track Right Into Love, the soulful title track Gravity of Grace, the touching tribute Father’s Day, the bluesy Ring That Bell and Jaybird, the bluegrassy Scotch Pine, and his hymn-like version of Dylan’s The Times They are A-Changin’.
“Johnsmith extends his growing, glowing reputation . . . beautiful, high tenor voice, excellent guitar playing, and spirited, uplifting songs. His music is open-hearted, unpretentious, grounded in the personal, yet always accessible and universal.
~Sing Out! magazine
"John's plays and sings so well you almost don't notice how good his songs are. It's all there, and he's this nice regular guy you want to hang out with. Watch out, his music will sneak up on you."
“. . . one of the most consistent writers of quality songs that I know.”
~Lydia Hutchinson, Editor
Performing Songwriter Magazine