jeremy messersmith

To call jeremy messersmith a musician is a half-truth: he’s also a storyteller who carefully crafts songs that narrate life. Born in Charleston, SC and raised in rural Washington, messersmith began playing music in church at a young age. After a promising trumpeting career was tragically cut short due to braces, jeremy turned to the guitar as his instrument of choice.

His debut record, The Alcatraz Kid (2006), featured quiet, melancholic songs recorded in a basement studio. The album drew the attention of Twin Cities local hero Dan Wilson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic), who then produced messersmith's follow-up, The Silver City (2008), which gained regional recognition. With The Reluctant Graveyard, messersmith’s renown for elegant, literate songcraft began to build nationally when it was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of 2010.

His release Heart Murmurs on the prestigious Glassnote Records label was named one of the “14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014” by Time Magazine and gained praise from The New York Times, USA Today, Paste Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Spin, and Rolling Stone among others. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and opened for Barack Obama.

Following the surprise release of a digital album and songbook entitled 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond, messersmith embarked on a pop-up tour around the US, performing 80 free “micro concerts” for crowds in public places all over the country. The songbook was jam-packed with ridiculous songs about kittens, world peace, flying cars, and the transformative power of love.

His most recent full-length album, Late Stage Capitalism (2018), was a decadent orchestral record filled with catchy pop tunes. In September 2020, messersmith launched his indie folk side project Mixtape for the Milky Way, a collection of sad, beautiful, nonfiction songs, sonically minimalist and delicately produced by John Mark Nelson.

Past Shows


Oct
29
th
2022
The Fitzgerald Theater
Oct
29
th
2022
The Fitzgerald Theater
Jul
13
th
2018
Mainroom
Jul
13
th
2018
Mainroom

ROCK FOR PUSSY

with an all-star band led by JOHN ELLER, CIARAN DALY, DAVID J RUSS and more!
Mar
30
th
2018
Mainroom
Mar
30
th
2018
Mainroom

jeremy messersmith

with Monica LaPlante
Jan
27
th
2017
Mainroom
Dec
19
th
2014
Mainroom
Dec
19
th
2014
Mainroom

jeremy messersmith

with the Cloak Ox
Dec
17
th
2014
Turf Club
Dec
17
th
2014
Turf Club

jeremy messersmith

with Gramma's Boyfriend
Nov
2
nd
2014
Mainroom
Nov
2
nd
2014
Mainroom

Congressman Keith Ellison

Hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison
with Sims, Heiruspecs, Toki Wright and more!
Feb
22
nd
2014
Mainroom
Feb
22
nd
2014
Mainroom

jeremy messersmith

with Carroll
Feb
21
st
2014
Mainroom
Feb
21
st
2014
Mainroom

jeremy messersmith

with Rogue Valley
Aug
6
th
2013
7th St Entry
Aug
6
th
2013
7th St Entry

jeremy messersmith

with The Starfolk and John Mark Nelson
May
10
th
2013
Fine Line
May
10
th
2013
Fine Line

Daughter

with jeremy messersmith
Jul
21
st
2012
Mainroom
Jul
21
st
2012
Mainroom

jeremy messersmith

with Night Moves and Greycoats
Mar
18
th
2011
Skinnys Ballroom (SXSW)
Mar
18
th
2011
Skinnys Ballroom (SXSW)

Gimme Noise and First Avenue SXSW 2011 Day Party ( Austin,TX )

with TAPES 'N TAPES, Solid Gold, Sims and more!
Jan
21
st
2011
Mainroom
Oct
8
th
2010
Mainroom
Oct
8
th
2010
Mainroom

A BENEFIT FOR BRAD KERN

with Semisonic, Mason Jennings, jeremy messersmith and more!
Sep
18
th
2010
Mainroom
Sep
18
th
2010
Mainroom

jeremy messersmith

with Total Babe and Chastity Brown
Mar
6
th
2010
Mainroom
Mar
6
th
2010
Mainroom

ARE YOU LOCAL?

with Lookbook, The Pines, PETER WOLF CRIER and more!
Feb
26
th
2010
Mainroom
Feb
26
th
2010
Mainroom

ELECTRIC FETUS BENEFIT

with Roma di Luna and jeremy messersmith

More Shows

Jun
28
th
Turf Club

Wednesday

with Tenci
May
30
th
Fine Line

Pedro the Lion

with Erik Walters
Mar
31
st
7th St Entry
Jun
5
th
First Avenue

Sepultura and Kreator

with DEATH ANGEL and SpiritWorld