May 20, 2016

In Case You Missed It

UNTS SP Digital-1400x1400Many of our fans don’t know about this EP we did 5 years ago, which only exists in digital form and is available for free (for a limited time) via Noisetrade!

Here’s the press release from the week the EP was released:

Multi-Grammy and Dove nominated band Smalltown Poets releases first “non-holiday” album in 8 years on Friendly City Records

With lead singer Michael Johnston’s unique tenor vocals and a sweet, pop/rock sound, “Under the New Sun” gives listeners a great taste of what they’ve been missing and leaves them looking forward to what’s coming next. –NewReleaseTuesday.com

 Every track on this EP meets the challenge of transcending the ordinary. Smalltown Poets have once again crafted a masterpiece guaranteed to have you pressing the replay button repeatedly. –Jesus Wired, online music magazine

 Atlanta, GA, October 16th, 2012– The new album from Smalltown Poets, Under The New Sun, was released to digital outlets on October 16th. The band is following up its acclaimed 2012 Christmas album and tour (Smalltown Poets Christmas) with this 7-song EP, their first non-holiday release since 2004’s It’s Later Than It’s Ever Been (BEC/EMI).

The album title is taken from an old Villanelle (a previous incarnation of Smalltown Poets) song titled May Day; the lyric “under the new sun” sums up many of the themes of this new project: death and rebirth, renewal, restoration and resurrection.

 As much fun as the band had re-working Christmas songs last year, Smalltown Poets has relished a return to their roots by crafting lyric-intensive songs from the ground up, doing their best to turn a few phrases, sneak in a few puns, and invite the listener to dive in and bring his/her own imagination.

Under The New Sun opens with the title track, an atmospheric instrumental that sonically paints the hope and beauty of a new dawn via piano, spacious guitars, and an eager chord progression. The cautionary meets uptempo Turn Around sets the lyrical tone with witty, mile-a-minute word pictures that take the listener on a roller-coaster ride, to a bullfight, and back again through space. Charlie Brown’s Lament fetches the irony from the classically familiar relationship of a boy and his dog. The resurrection story is the backdrop for a celebration of hope in the contemplative yet driving Grace Is A Song. The EP pushes into new territory with the Aesop-esque story in song, The Ballad of Time & Eternity, featuring lyrics written by the band’s lead singer for his six year old daughter and meant to take on new meaning about the time when she turns sixteen. Speaking of eternity, this concise collection closes with Smalltown Poets’ twist on the standard gospel song I’ll Fly Away.

A radio campaign to multiple radio formats is under way. Tour dates are soon to be announced.

 

 

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December 17, 2015

It’s the most…

kev xmas tx 15…wonderful time of the year. We made just a small handful of Christmas appearances this year, so we haven’t seen as many of you face to face as we’d have liked. But we’ve loved hearing from those of you who have been enjoying our two Christmas albums. For those who don’t have them, and like actual disks, right now you can get $.01 shipping on our CDs, which are only $10 for a limited time.  Just click here. Here’s hoping you all have a very merry Christmas. See you in 2016!

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June 8, 2015

Rumors

SP songwriting Charlotte 3 After another wonderful Christmas tour, we sat back and pondered what our next step as a band might be. Where does the story go from here? As there are rumors of a new release to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of our 1997 debut album on Ardent Records, we decided that it would be wise to start writing.

We were all recently together to play at chapel services for drivers and crew at the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte, and we set aside some blocks of creative time to work out some of our song ideas. We were pretty happy with the results. Who knows how many of them will become actual recorded songs? But we were very encouraged to say the least.

For those who have ever wondered what a writing session might sound like, here’s a few minutes of audio, complete with Southern accents. It’ll be fun to see if this one turns out to be a keeper.

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February 1, 2015

Christmas Tour 14

Another Christmas season is in the books, and we’re so thankful that we got the opportunities to play a few concerts together. Thanks to the churches and organizations that brought us in!

Here are a few photos, and an excerpt from the tour press release, thanks to Biscuit Media in Nashville TN:

Smalltown Poets is unique, as all five-band members are scattered across the country, living in five different cities on both coasts. Only in the first two years of the band’s existence did the band members live in close proximity to each other. Now, on this new Christmas project, all of the original members were able to record together in the studio for the first time in years.

 “Through the miracles of modern technology and recording, we have been able to still create music as a band, even though the 5 of us all live in different cities across the country,” states Michael Johnston, lead vocalist. “This opportunity to all come back together to record has been an amazing experience. It felt a lot like coming home.”

 After the success of the band’s debut Christmas project “Smalltown Poets Christmas” in 2011, this second holiday album was a welcomed concept. Filled with traditional holiday carols, favorite songs and a few new originals, the album is already receiving rave reviews from those who supported the Pledge Music campaign and received the project before its official release date.

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November 4, 2014

2014 Christmas Tour Dates

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be playing a limited number of concerts this Christmas season in support of our upcoming album – “Christmas Time Again,” to be released Nov. 25th. This tour will feature all 5 original members of Smalltown Poets.

We’ll also be releasing the single “Christmas Time Again” to radio. Please request it.

On our Atlanta (Duluth GA) show, we’ll be joined by two artists we think are pretty special: Casey Darnell and Jared&Amber. Check them out, and please come spend an evening with us this Christmas season!

 

Nov. 30th am/pm – Grace Fellowship, Snellville GA (ATL) – Tickets/info.

Dec. 1st – Chik-Fil-A/104.7 The Fish Christmas Wish event, Snellville GA (ATL)

Dec. 2nd – Interstate Batteries Corporate Campus (private), Dallas TX

Dec. 3rd – Alliance Community Fellowship, Ft. Worth TX – Tickets/info.

Dec. 4th – Red Clay Theatre, Duluth GA w/Casey Darnell, Jared&Amber – Tickets/info.

Dec. 18th – Baker Buffalo Creek, Lawndale NC (FREE) –  Info.

 

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