Nina Jo Smith

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Singer, Songwriter, Guitar Picker ('n uke too)
Nine Things To Know About Nina Jo

1) Nina rhymes with China. I’m named after my mom’s mom, Nina and my dad’s sister, Jo.

2) I stole my mom's guitar when I was about nine and taught myself to play by listening to her Joan Baez records.

3) On the last day of 1979 my brother was murdered. I couldn't listen to music... more

Singer, Songwriter, Guitar Picker ('n uke too)
Nine Things To Know About Nina Jo

1) Nina rhymes with China. I’m named after my mom’s mom, Nina and my dad’s sister, Jo.

2) I stole my mom's guitar when I was about nine and taught myself to play by listening to her Joan Baez records.

3) On the last day of 1979 my brother was murdered. I couldn't listen to music for about a year and stopped playing for about twenty years. Instead, I became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, earned a master’s degree in Physical Education, founded The SAFE Place at San Francisco State and taught self-defense to at least a thousand people.

4) My grandfather was the first artist I knew. We used to paint side-by-side in his garage-studio. He used to say, "Why don't you paint what you see, Granddaughter?" And I'd say, "I do, Papa."

5) I still have the mud-caked dictionary with pressed flowers in it that flew out the back window of my VW bug in 1973 when I rolled it onto the tundra. On the AlCan. In the Yukon Territory 90 miles from the nearest town.

6) When I was a really little kid on days we could see the Channel Islands, I’d say, “The islands are up!” because I thought they sank out of sight when they weren’t visible.

7) I rehabilitated myself from a concussion I got on Cinco de Mayo 1995 by practicing drawing, painting, storytelling, theatre and finally music.

8) Some people crochet, I play with photo apps.

9) I think Belly Laughs make the world go ‘round.

I like a song that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again.

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