Hello, I'm Nina Jo
Nina Jo Smith playing ukulele at Red Devil Lounge
Folk Music To Go
I play guitar and ukulele, write songs and share them in person, on radio and online. 
Nina Jo performing at SF Porchfest 2016 photo collage with audience members shown
"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." -- Nina Jo

Nina Jo at Baker Beach, San Francisco, wearing her Dreamcatcher Sweater 

I also love to play house concerts. Are you interested in hosting a live intimate concert from the comfort of your home? I can help make it easy and fun. Just contact me via my House Concert link on my "Shows" page.

Nina Jo playing ukulele at House Concert in Fresno, CA Nina Jo playing guitar at a house concert

What's New? 
Women of Song In The Round
My next show is a delightful circle of song featuring jean mann, a marvelous songwriter from Seattle and Aireene Espiritu and me. There will be ukuleles and other Things With Strings. Strong songs of love and freedom!
jean mann
Aireene Espiritu
Nina Jo Smith
6:30 pm
Pinhole Coffee
231 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA
$10 suggested donation at the door
Pacific Songwriting Camp 2018
What: Songwriting Retreat
When:  Starts 1/25/18
Where: Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA
Register here: 


 SummerSongs Sunset, Cambria, CA

Peace, love and music,

Nina Jo 


LA Man wins Global Music Awards, honored with Silver Medals for Outstanding Achievement in folk and lyrics/songwriting (2016)
Global Music Awards Medallion
I'm now a Standing O Project artist. Standing O Project is the online community that gives fans a wealth of music & interviews, and supports working musicians with a monthly income. Check it out at www.StandingOProject.com

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About Nina Jo
I stole my mom's guitar at about nine years of age and taught myself to play from records, the Joan Baez songbook classic folk song book by John and and Alan Lomax. I kept this up for a good long while and started writing songs in high school. PS, I returned Mom's guitar, kids. 

Nina Jo playing her 1968 Gibson Heritage 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. 


Nina Jo in Martial Arts Demonstration SFSU 1983


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.Nina Jo and Lee Mallory at Sweetwater 






 People, Places and Sings CD Cover


"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”

You can find Hey Songwriter and more on People, Places and Sings on iTunes, Amazon.com or CDBaby and buy the CD or album download from me at any live show. 

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