Baltimore singer/songwriter & guitarist Jennifer Ferguson Smith will be making her debut solo performance after years as a staple on the Mid Atlantic music scene and beyond as part of the husband/wife duo Naked Blue. She's contributed to countless recordings on background vocals, guitar, Irish Bouzouki, accordion & cello for local and national artists including Gary Nicholson, Crack the Sky, Wyatt Easterling, Patty Reese, The Sidleys, Tony Denikos, Jennifer Daniels, Jay Turner, Ruut, Katrina Kadoski, Arlon Bennett, Cassidy Ford, Cal Everette, Eric Scott, Cheryl Bliss, Below Sixth and more. She's also penned and recorded songs featured in film and television and cut by MCA Recording artist Evangeline and Telarc Recording artist Troy Turner, as well as 6 full length albums with Naked Blue.
Her upcoming EP (early 2018 release) leaves no doubt as to her playing skills. Lush and intense, with guitars, cello and layered harmonies, this is lovely stuff, and Jennifer has tapped a vein of beauty so pure that it hurts, in the best ways, to hear it. In the writing and performing of these tunes, Smith makes heartbreak a welcoming place, one as irresistible and plaintively beautiful as the voice that carries them. https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.f.smith.77
Kevin Royal Johnson began playing music as a solo performer when he moved to the Washington, DC area in 1984, where he started out on the pub circuit, most notably with singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter.
In 1991 he formed Kevin Johnson and the Linemen with Eric Brace (who later went on to form Last Train Home). Between 1991 and 2001 the band released four records under Johnson's own SAM Records label. During that time and since, Johnson shared the stage with numerous singer-songwriters, both with The Linemen and as a solo artist, including Warren Zevon, Steve Earle, Ricky Skaggs, Dave Matthews, Marshall Crenshaw, Jesse Winchester, Dave Alvin, Matthew Sweet, Alex Chilton, Iris DeMent, Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Holsapple, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Buckner and many others.
Johnson's first album with the Linemen, Memphis for Breakfast, was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and produced by Grammy-nominated John Alagia, later known for his work with Dave Matthews, Liz Phair, and John Mayer. Johnson's second album, The Rest of Your Life, was again produced by Alagia and designed by Jeff Nelson, co-founder of Dischord Records and drummer for Minor Threat. Johnson's third album with the Linemen, Parole Music, was produced by singer-songwriter Charlie Chesterman, formerly of Scruffy the Cat. The liner notes for Johnson's fourth album Sunday Driver, were written by author George P. Pelecanos, noted for his writing work on The Wire and the upcoming 2017 HBO series, The Deuce.
In 2012, The Linemen added New York singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Gregg to their lineup. In the fall of 2016 they released their first album, Close the Place Down, recorded by Andrew Taub (noted for his work with Keith Richards, Spoon, and others) at Brooklyn Recording and worked once again with John Alagia, who mixed the album in Los Angeles.
Other musicians who have contributed to Johnson's recordings include Bill Kirchen, keyboardist Mookie Siegel of RatDog, singer-songwriter Barbara Brousal, guitarist Dave Chappell, and singer-songwriter Karl Straub. http://thelinemen.bandcamp.com
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