Smithson & French

Paul Smithson and John French spend a great deal of their time creating and recording new material individually, and focus on performing as a duo primarily at festivals, house concerts, special events, and benefits as "Smithson & French".

In 2019 Paul was a finalist in the Broward Folk Club’s South Florida Songwriting Competition with his song “91 Days,” an homage to former Senator and Governor Lawton Chiles.  Additionally, “91 Days” placed 2nd in the Will McLean Music Festival’s 2019 Best New Song Contest.  He tied for 4th place with his song “The Last Train Out of Fernandina.”  

Paul was again a finalist in the Broward Folk Club’s 2020 South Florida Songwriting Competition for his songs “Billy” and “Erie County Line.” 

Paul is currently in the studio recording his next solo cd, and he is also working on a cd of Florida-based material. 

John’s song “Land of Freedom” was included on the first CD produced by the non-profit Florida Music Food Initiative.  He is working on a video for the song.  John is also working on his next solo cd.

Paul and John circa 2010 Osteen Diner

Paul and John circa 2010 Osteen Diner