August 5, 2014

Sing Over Me

SOM_Album_CoverWhile we’re hard at work on a new Christmas album, we’ve also taken time to participate in another project.

A few months ago, we were contacted by Jacob Kindberg, an independent filmmaker who is producing a documentary about Dennis Jernigan, the man behind some of the most popular worship songs of all time. Jacob asked if we’d be interested in recording one of Dennis’ songs for the tribute album, SING OVER ME: The Songs of Dennis Jernigan.  We’re honored to have been asked to participate and we recorded the song “You Are My All In All.” The album will be released in tandem with a documentary film about the Christian singer-songwriter. You can read our post about the accompanying film here.

Pre-order this new compilation project featuring Smalltown Poets, Aaron Shust, Second Hand City and many others by clicking here.

 

 

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July 19, 2014

Big news!

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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!

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December 1, 2013

Digital Stocking Stuffers

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

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August 8, 2013

1964 Ears

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.

Read the rest of the blog post here.

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March 29, 2013

Safehouse

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 websiteIn 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.

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