Take This Heart 3:330:00/3:33
Cosmic Lady 2:260:00/2:26
Lee Side of Love 2:590:00/2:59
LA Man 6:100:00/6:10
Brokedown Ford 2:200:00/2:20
Out On a Limb 3:160:00/3:16
Nina Jo’s Shows
Tunes and Tales. I'll be playing original songs and reading poems from my new album (in progress). You'll get backstories!
Earth Day Stroll (Bernal Heights)
Pinhole Coffee (busking outside), 231 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Busking on the street in celebration of Earth Day. Ukulele songs.
Nina Jo Smith
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The Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 4th St. San Francisco, CA 94107, San Francisco
Sneak preview of new songs from Nina Jo's forthcoming album.
photo credit: Max Dubler
I like a song that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again
Nina Jo Smith likes to eavesdrop. She borrows stories from small town cemeteries and kitchen confessions. She imagines what her underground neighbors might be saying.
Nina Jo is a deft and rhythmic fingerpicker on both guitar and ukulele. She spent the last two years reclaiming her voice after an illness left her lungs scarred.
On her forthcoming album she lets her scarred lungs fly free. Delicate and tough—just like her songs. And while you might hear a lot of songs in a day, you’ll wake up in the morning humming hers.
Here's what one student says:
Nina Jo is wonderful. In addition to being a gorgeous, thoughtful and politically activated singer-songwriter, she is also a patient, nurturing and motivating guitar teacher. Because of an old injury to my left hand and wrist, I thought I would never be able to play guitar in any sort of meaningful way. Nina Jo has not only taught me how to modify my playing to suit my hand, she has also shown me that such injuries do not have to hold a person back. Working with Nina Jo has given me a courage ind inspiration that I did not previously have…and my confidence continues to increase by leaps and bounds all the time. Thanks to her patience, flexibility, and genuine kindness, as well as her energy, presence and wisdom, I am absolutely loving learning to play the guitar! I cannot recommend Nina Jo highly enough.--Sam Whitehouse
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"Nina Jo Smith has written and recorded a seminal folk classic in 'Hey Songwriter'."
"This is what every songwriter feels when the song comes out of nowhere. Sure, we’re none of us 'Dylan, Taylor & Prine', but we’re fishing in the same stream, just downstream a bit. Produced by Martin Young, with Alan Thornhill on backup vocals, you’ll get goose pimples if you’ve ever wondered where some songs come from."
-–Stephen Foster, “Stephen’s Indie Picks”
You can find Hey Songwriter and more on People, Places and Sings on iTunes, Amazon.com or CDBaby and buy the CD from me at any live show.
Graphic artists Original artwork for CD cover by Nina Jo Smith, graphic design by Diana Lerwick
Header & Redwood River Music Logo design by Alicia Buelow