Christine Lavin and Johnsmith ~ A Blue Rock Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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“A garrulous comic observer of contemporary manners” – NY Times

“An enchanting stage performer” –  Cosmopolitan

“Lavin is the central force in the most visible segment of the contemporary folk music scene.  Captivating.”  Billboard

“Christine Lavin puts delightful melodies behind wry, witty and perceptive observations about life.”  NY Daily News

“Lavin can write serious, sensitive songs with the best of them.  But it’s her funny material that sticks in the mind.”  Providence Bulletin

“She’s a folkZinger!” – Orlando Sentinel

"Johnsmith's new CD is incredible!!!!  Every song is a gem - so melodic, such poetry and humor. A divine culmination of a lifetime worth of living, craft, expression, and love.  Wow…hands down, The Longing Road is the best CD of 2014." - Maggie Ferguson, from The Old Front Porch, WXOU, Auburn Hills, MI

 "John Smith's songs always move me. They make me laugh, cry, dance or just sing along. He is one of the most consistent writers of quality songs that I've ever met." - Lydia Hutchinson, Editor, Performing Songwriter Magazine

“He is one of those really pure hearted people that isn’t wasting any time on the cool factor, he gets there by virtue of his integrity.”  - Frank Goodman


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CHRISTINE LAVIN is an iconic singer songwriter who has earned her legendary status through years of tireless performing, doing shows at once quirky, hilarious and touching. Her songs have a wordsmith’s eye for detail, a comic’s vision for the absurd, and a huge and fearless heart that will go anywhere.
Lavin worked at Caffe Lena in Saratoga, New York, until Dave Van Ronk convinced her to move to New York City and make a career as a singer-songwriter. She has lived in the City ever since. Lavin was the original host of "Sunday Breakfast" on WFUV in New York City, and was a founding member of the Four Bitchin' Babes, formed in 1990.

Her compilation CD, JUST ONE ANGEL v2.0, showcases the holiday songs of 19 songwriters whose work she loves.  She's hosted "Slipped Disks" on xm satellite radio, and is a guest host for the City Folk Sunday Sunday Supper on WFUV-FM.  She also writes for various publications (including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine).  Her 23rd solo album is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. 

Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.  

JOHNSMITH is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released seven solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.

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