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New Album Successfully Kickstarted by
Nina Jo Smith, BMI
[Nina rhymes with China] is a natural-born indie singer-songwriter (born on the 4th of July). The successfully Kickstarted "People, Places and Sings" is her first full-length studio album. Nina Jo plays guitar and ukulele with clean, inventive picking. She sings in a voice that ranges from city smooth to mountain plain. When Nina Jo returned to performing twenty years after her brother’s murder, she brought the focus and passion of a martial artist to her gentle music.
People, Places and Sings drops on April 29, 2013 with a CD Release party at Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco on April 28th.
People, Places and Sings is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Inspired by places she's visited and people she met along the way, these songs share her American journey. Nina Jo launched this project through a successful Kickstarter campaign. This is Redwood River Music's second release and Nina Jo's first studio album following her recent single (Make Love Not War on Musik and Film) and her EP, Guitar Songs (2006).
Martin Young (producer, guitars, bass, Hammond B3) has worked throughout the U.S. in major markets and on national television shows including The Tonight Show, Letterman and Good Morning America. He backed country singer Clint Black on the road and in the studio (guitar, 16 years). Martin has also performed with Martina McBride, Don Henley and others. Martin produces independent artists’ custom CD projects and runs Music City Demos, based in Nashville, TN.
Alan Thornhill (guest vocals) has backed Hoyt Axton, Kate Wolf, Jim Messina; composed for Messina and Kenny Loggins and released three of his own CDs. He is an award winning guitarist (The Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship), an oft-covered songwriter and a unique and soulful singer. Alan’s most recent release is Guitarpenter’s Dream on the Matilija label.
Jimmy Calire on keyboards and Dennis Shives on harmonica enrich the sound. For the album version of Make Love Not War, we also have Dave Francis on bass and Dennis Holt on drums recorded by Kenny Royster at Direct Image Studio, Nashville. There's a surprise live track too, wait'll you hear it! (Hint, "Thanks JJ Schultz and The Utah!)
The music is published by indie music publisher, Redwood River Music (BMI) http://redwoodrivermusic.biz/ and distributed through http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ninajosmith -
“Nina Jo brings back everything I loved about the 1960s, the dream of peace, the power of love and a disdain for the war machine. This is a perfect time for that emotion to resurface, and her song "Make Love Not War" really hits the nail on the head... but with a flower instead of a hammer. Another thing I love about it is that I keep hearing Bob Marley in my head! I believe Bob would have loved this one as well.” - Michael Buffalo Smith, http://universalmusictribe.com/- I4U News (Sep 04, 2012)
People, Places and Sings
Label: Redwood River Music
Release Date: April 29, 2013
(DJs: suggested tracks in bold)
1. Out On A Limb – 3:16
"Why not go out on a limb? That's where all the fruit is!" - Mark Twain
2. Hey Songwriter ~ featuring Alan Thornhill) – 4:02
An ode to songwriters.
3. Somewhere The Sky Is Blue – 4:44
My philosophy in a nutshell.
4. Lee Side Of Love – 2:58
A gentle wedding song on ukelele.
5. Buddha At The Backdoor – 3:43
A song about a cat - and more.
6. Cosmic Lady – 2:25
She was an iconic figure, possibly the first environmental performance artist.
7. Brokedown Ford – 2:19
"You might think you're a brokedown Ford but I think you're a Mazerati."
8. Snake In The Rafters (Alabama Calling) – 3:34
"I swear it's the truth." - Nina Jo
9. Take This Heart – 3:33
An answer song to Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman"
10. Basted Eggs ~ featuring Alan Thornhill – 3:01
A Sunday morning country duet, not necessarily about breakfast.
11. Make Love Not War ~ featuring Alan Thornhill – 3:36
(Album version) - Environmental, political, humorous, ukulele reggae.
Hey Songwriter picked up by 353 radio stations to date
Preorder on iTunes
Photo (below) by Monica Pasqual