John Smith is today sharing the video for his new single, ‘Save My Life’, the latest to arrive from his much-praised album Headlong which was released last year through BARP Ltd. In line with sharing the video for ‘Save My Life’, Smith has been confirmed for a support slot on tour with Gomez throughout April and May, including a stop at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 3, 2018. Produced by Sam Lakeman, mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Flo Morrissey, The Maccabees) and featuring Cara Dillon on BVs, Headlong is dedicated to the memory of John Renbourn and follows Great Lakes, John’s widely-applauded and Radio 2-supported release of 2013.
Not by chance is it that John’s fifth album comes bearing a title implying impulsive, breakneck motion – written as it was, across various touring stints playing guitar for the likes of Lianne La Havas and Lisa Hannigan (who fittingly lends a co-write to Headlong, on ‘Coming Home’) across the U.S. Having wound up his own successful 2 year stint touring ‘Great Lakes’ round the UK & Europe (taking in sold-out shows at Union Chapel and The Purcell Rooms), in early 2016 John was finally afforded a chance to come off the road and settle in one place for a while. An opportunity which Smith soon elected to decline; “I felt like I had time on my hands, and I thought rather than go home and try to write where it just didn’t feel natural, I wanted to keep on touring. It felt right”.
Whilst John Smith has stood still just long enough to commit this new album to record, there’s yet little danger of moss gathering. Fresh from a busy 2017 of solo tours and festival slots, Smith was also tapped to play guitar on the new album from Joan Baez, and he now readies himself for a full UK and Irish tour with the esteemed indie-rock quintet, Gomez.
UK Tour Dates
Apr 24 Dome (supporting Gomez) Brighton, United Kingdom
Apr 25 Rock City (supporting Gomez) Nottingham, United Kingdom
Apr 27 Olympia (supporting Gomez) Dublin, Ireland
Apr 28 Barrowland (supporting Gomez) Glasgow, United Kingdom
Apr 29 O2 Academy (supporting Gomez) Leeds, United Kingdom
May 01 Albert Hall (supporting Gomez) Manchester, United Kingdom
May 02 O2 Academy (supporting Gomez) Bristol, United Kingdom
May 03 Royal Albert Hall (supporting Gomez) London, United Kingdom
May 05 O2 Forum Kentish Town (supporting Gomez) London, United Kingdom
May 06 Corn Exchange (supporting Gomez) Cambridge, United Kingdom
May 07 O2 Academy (supporting Gomez) Liverpool, United Kingdom
May 08 Barrowland (supporting Gomez) Glasgow, United Kingdom