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.
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.
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.
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.
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”