British singer-songwriter John Smith announces tour of the United States
Beloved UK-based singer, songwriter and guitarist John Smith is excited to announce his upcoming tour of the US in support of his latest album The Fray, released in March 2021.
“A lot of these songs are about accepting that life is tough, but just hanging on and trying to enjoy it anyway,” says Smith. “It’s been a hell of a year, but I feel like I’ve created my most honest job as a consequence and as a necessity.” And now fans and critics alike are tying themselves up with the provocative positivity found in Smith’s writings on The Fray; his sixth studio album.
Smith will kick off his U.S. Tour on January 12 in Galway, NY with other stops in the state including New York and Woodstock. Most of January will be spent on the East Coast before heading west in late February to play Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other markets in the region. A full list of the tour is below and is also available here.
During this tour, fans should expect to hear what The Associated Press called, “a heartwarming influence on the album’s melodic folk-pop, built on Smith’s subtle guitar work. . 12 tracks of resilience, devotion and hope, with determination in the lyrics and buoyancy of the music. ” And given the nature of The Fray, the shows are sure to be a collective healing for Smith and the fans, something Under The Radar mentioned when praising the album’s single, “Hold On.”
UTR’s Caleb Campbell wrote of the song’s “relentlessly warm and uplifting” quality, adding that it is “as calming for Smith to write as it is to listen to it as a listener.” And of course, Smith’s guitar-playing prowess will be featured in this series of shows, something fans and critics alike have admired and appreciated over his ten-year career, even seeking approval from the Fretboard. Journal which noted his “great guitar sound”.
Smith co-produced The Fray with longtime friend and producer Sam Lakeman at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio. Calling pianist Jason Rebello (Sting, John Mayer), bassist Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah), drummer Jay Sikora (Paolo Nutini) and Jessica Staveley-Taylor of The Staves-Lakeman and Smith sharpens an honest sound that is not unknown to existing fans; an emphasis on the songs as well as the beautiful way Smith selects and picks them.
Not allowing a global pandemic to ban the collaboration, Smith’s guests on the album remotely recorded and sent their contributions digitally across international borders – Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, The Milk Carton Kids and Bill Frisell of the Americas and Smith’s frequent tour partner Lisa Hannigan via virtual studio session in Dublin.
Smith was born in Essex and raised on the Devon seaside. Known for his intimate writing, honey-on-gravel voice, and pioneering guitar playing, he has spent the past fifteen years touring internationally and amassing over 60 million streams on Spotify. As a session musician, he has played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.
12c’n Bull – Galway, NY
13 Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
14 118 North – Wayne, Pennsylvania
15 Levon Helm Studios – Woodstock, New York State
19 Club Passim – Cambridge, MA
Center 20 Spire – Plymouth, MA
21 The Word Barn – Exeter, NH
17 Ballard Homestead – Seattle, WA
18, rue Alberta Public House – Portland, OR
19 Stagelights Concert Series – Brookings, OR
20 Amado’s – San Francisco, California
21 Hotel Café – Los Angeles, California
22 Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ
23 Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA