“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 Puremusic.com
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.
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.