Why are Smalltown Poets gathering from across the country in Atlanta? A big announcement is on the way. (Hint: We love Christmas music and it’s been awhile since we’ve released a full-length album.) Check out our Facebook page for more, including pics!
Merry Christmas! We bring tidings of great joy, mixed with a hint of sadness.
Sadly, there will be no Smalltown Poets Christmas tour this year. We’ve loved touring these past two holiday seasons and sharing music from our 2011 release, Smalltown Poets Christmas. And it’s entirely possible that we’ll be back to our Yuletide travels next year.
However, we have some good news. We’ve discounted our Christmas album. Not only that, when you buy our Christmas album this holiday season at Bandcamp, you’ll receive a digital download of our 2012 EP Under the New Sun, for free. (UPDATE: Sorry, this 2-for-1 offer expired January 2014.)
To get you in the mood for some Smalltown Poets Christmas, here’s a behind-the-scenes clip from the recording sessions. (Please let us know if you figure out what was so funny). You can watch plenty more of this stuff at smalltownpoetschristmas.com
by Danny (keyboardist)
I’ve been hearing about 1964 Ears for awhile now. Quite the variety of musical artists are endorsing this fairly new brand of in-ear monitors – from Relient K to Brian “Head” Welch to The Jacksons (yes, those Jacksons). And now I know what all the hype is about. I’m not only the proud owner of new 1964-V3 Triple Driver Custom IEMs, but I’ve also become a part of their artist endorsement…team? Family? Let’s say…movement.
This past weekend, we had the honor and privilege of playing at a fundraiser gala for an organization very dear to our hearts, Safehouse Outreach (or SHO). Several of us have volunteered with them over the years, and their founder Philip Bray is truly one of our heroes. Playing the Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium was amazing; there are beluga whale tanks built into the walls. There’s nothing like watching a 3,500 lb mammal swim by in the middle of “Lean On Me” (believe it or not, that was our opening song, by request.)
A little bit about SHO, from their website: In 1982, Philip Bray took to the streets to rescue child prostitutes and runaways who were being sexually exploited in Atlanta, Ga. Inspired by his own experiences, he wanted to reach those who the Church considered unreachable. At 7th & Peachtree Street, a booth in a local hamburger restaurant became the headquarters for SafeHouse on Friday and Saturday nights, named SafeHouse because the youth who wanted help were taken to a safehouse to insure their safety while family or the authorities were being contacted.
Within 6 months, over 200 volunteers came together with manpower and compassion and began reaching out to anyone in need. Soon SafeHouse outgrew the booth and moved to a facility off Peachtree Street. They held church services at midnight on Friday nights and became known within the city as a place where the unreachable could come for assistance.
Over the past 25 years, SafeHouse has been instrumental in impacting lives and changing communities. Today, SafeHouse has matched over 500 caring adults as mentors with at-risk children through SHO’s MentorPlus program and educated hundreds of teen parents in parenting and life skills in SHO’s A New Generation drop-out prevention program. And literally thousands have received a hot meal along with assistance to get back on their feet.
Recognized by mayors, governors, and the President of the United States, SafeHouse offers a hand-up, not just a hand-out, and is active in finding solutions for those in crisis.
Our new friend Matt Langston aka “The Jellyrox” is lead vocalist and synth programming guru for the band Eleventyseven. We were honored that he asked to take our song Turn Around (from our recent EP “Under the New Sun”) and add it to the list of tunes he has made substantially hipper with his popular remixes.
He wrote on his blog: “If you’re familiar with the band, you probably already know that they are the kind of guys that intentionally come up with finger-cramp-inducing-next-to-impossible complicated guitar chord structures and voicings simply to frustrate the crap out of everyone who attempts to play their songs. Of course, we all know they do this simply to lord their superior musical abilities over the rest of the seemingly ‘guitarted’ populus of musicians still trying to figure out how to augment a J Major suspended 4.” You can read the rest of the blog entry here.
That’s pretty funny. By the way, if you’re keeping score at home, the trickiest chord in Turn Around is Gm+6/Bb.
You can download the song here.