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Kickin' This Stone

by Johnsmith

Award winning songwriter Johnsmith has teamed up with co-producer Lloyd Maines of Dixie Chick fame to bring us this new folk, americana gem.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kickin' This Stone
4:46 $0.99
2. Thomas Francis
5:45 $0.99
3. Iris Blue
4:05 $0.99
4. Don't Put Me in a Box
4:40 $0.99
5. Early
3:26 $0.99
6. Come Some Autumn Day
3:50 $0.99
7. Drive
3:47 $0.99
8. Friend of the Coyote
4:19 $0.99
9. Monkey in Me
3:24 $0.99
10. Survivors
4:44 $0.99
11. Work in Progress
4:03 $0.99
12. Time to Go Home
3:25 $0.99
13. There are also Musicians
1:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
This record is a fine example of some great contemporary folk music. Its gently beautiful storytelling sung with a smooth and lovely voice. There's good reason that this artist has been performing on the mainstages of folk festivals around the country!

There's a certain simple joy in the songs that comes from the fact that he seems sincerely in love with his craft. He strives to be a poet, a storyteller, an entertaining teacher, and he manages to do it all well.

Co-produced with Lloyd Maines (record producer and father of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines)with contributions from Darrell Scott, John Mock, Tom Kimmel, and many other great players.

"I feel like every time one of Johnsmith's songs gets heard a little healing happens to the world." Buddy Mondlock



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Joanne Schlafer - Ft. Collins, CO

Every song is a 'must listen to' ... this CD is a special gift !
This CD is clearly Johnsmith's best to-date! His music continues to grow richer with every new CD. Every song on this CD is a 'must listen to' ... a gift for one's heart.

Peter Lainson

wonderful stuff
over the last few years I have been lucky to get to hang out and play music with Johnsmith. He is a big inspiration. His songs are full of hope and warmth. Probably the most unusual thing about Johnsmith is that he kinda glows...he visibly radiates good vibes.


Fantastic! As always, a wonderful journey. Check out John Smith.
A wonderful musical journey. As always, the song writing is first rate and the music is multi-layered.

Clint Collins

Great cd! John's music is uplifting as is his personality.
A very good cd with a sparse production, allowing the songs to take center stage. The songs are about everyday life and or filled with hope and encouragement. Highly reccomended.


Johnsmith's songs are literate, they shimmer and are beautifully recorded
I LOVE Kickin' This Stone! Johnsmith has such a unique sound, add in an abundance of wit and insight, and you couldn't ask for a more delightful CD (from the poignant Iris Blue to the mischievous Monkey in Me) - John's smooth voice, and hit-you-in-the-heart lyrics make me an official groupie. John's Friend of the Coyote, a tribute song, *sounds* like a Dave Carter song, with dense intelligent lyrics, a snapping rhythm and no repeating chorus - he even throws in a little *yip* (a la Love, the Magician) toward the end... :-) I highly recommend this CD!!

Jan Hammond

Amazing talent….wonderful artist!
The first time I heard John’s music was on an internet folk program. I quickly searched and was thrilled to find his CD's available on CDBaby. I’ve read all of the reviews posted here and I fear that I will be able to say anything that hasn’t already been so eloquently voiced by the likes of another amazing talent, Buddy Mondlock and many others. All I know is that when I put “Kickin’ This Stone” in my work computer CD player, it stayed on constant loop for a very long time. I’ve since told several of my friends about John’s wonderful music. He has touched my soul with his impressive instrumentation, glorious harmonies and incredibly profound and thoughtful lyrics. John is a wonderful artist and the kind of songwriter that so many aspire to become. Be good to yourself and take in all the wonderful gifts John has given.


I can barely sing along
So many of these songs are so full of emotion and strength, I can't even sing along to all of them because I choke up. I simply adore John's work, and this was no disappointment.


Long awaited, glad its finally here!
This CD gets off to a great start with,Kickin' this stone, moves on to Thomas Francis,a tune that I have waited to have on a CD, and then just keeps going with one great tune after another! Beautiful music, very lyrical.


Lives up to a live performance by Johnsmith
We have season's tickets to hear singer/songwriters in Johnsmith's genre and very few CD's purchased after the performances have lived up to the live show. Johnsmith's Kickin This Stone is one of the few. It mesmerizes you with the lyrics as well as the music. So many of my CD's I could part with in a heartbeat, but not this one.

Tom Pennavaria

A wonderful Surprise. Rush out to see him Live!
I took notice to John one night beside a fire with twenty other musicians. Upon hearing his voice, I thought someone had a CD playing. But come to find out it was John singning Kicking that Stone and it sounded great. Many musicians followed him that night, none sounded or played as well as John. I highly recommend his CD's. Also, experinece it live if you can!
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