I had a great time learning the ways of the road as summer turned to fall. 
Please check my Tour and Blog pages to join the fun. 
And guess what! 
You can now have your very own Nina Jo station on Pandora! http://www.pandora.com/nina-jo-smith
Nina Jo playing ukulele at Conor Byrne Open Mic
Avery Hill and Nina Jo performing, Portland: Photo by Elizabeth Campbell                                      Avery Hill and Nina Jo, Portland Photo: Elizabeth Campbell
photo collage of Nina Jo's gig in Sacramento

 Tip Jar at The Black Dog Arts Cafe, Snoqualmie WA

                   Snoqualmie WA                                                                               Sacramento Photos: Terri Tork & Nina Jo


I picked up my mom's guitar at about nine years of age and taught myself to play from records, the Joan Baez songbook and Alan Lomax's classic folk song book. I kept this up for a good long while and started writing songs in high school.


Nina Jo playing her 1968 Gibson Heritage in high school


On New Year's Eve 1979 my brother was murdered. For a long time I couldn't even listen to music.  Instead I devoted myself to martial arts, teaching self-defense and other anti-violence activism. 


Nina Jo in Martial Arts Demonstration SFSU 1983


Twenty years later I picked up my guitar again and found I could still play and people wanted to listen. I've been picking and singing and loving and learning ever since.Nina Jo and Lee Mallory at Sweetwater 

I like a song that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. My lyrics are mostly nonfiction because reality is so much stranger and more beautiful.





My first full-length studio album, People, Places and Sings is out now. It's available for download on iTunes, Amazon.com and other outlets. You can order the CD or download from CDBaby and buy the CD or album download from me at any live show. 

 People, Places and Sings CD Cover


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”


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