November 15, 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

We’re excited to announce that we’re following up last year’s Smalltown Poets Christmas Tour with a few Christmas appearances this season. December 2012 will find us in Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, and a few other places. We’re pretty excited about the fact that the tour concludes in our hometown of Tifton GA, where it all began way too long ago.

Click here for all the dates and info.

Here’s some press about the Christmas record.

And here are excerpts from a press release last year: On Smalltown Poets Christmas, Michael Johnston, Byron Goggin, Kevin Breuner, Miguel DeJesus and Danny Stephens evoke the fun, hope and wonder of the Advent season with fresh arrangements of many Christmas favorites and three new original songs. The band regrouped in the fall of 2010 to begin production on their fifth studio album  which was co-produced by former Smalltown Poets drummer Matt Goldman (Underoath, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Copeland, The Chariot).

The bulk of the arranging and recording work was done in Michaelʼs home studio…Then the whole band convened at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta to wrap things up in a bow. An unexpected benefit from the unconventional tracking process was the “family and friends” backdrop of the sessions, which brought warmth to the performances and led to a large cast of outside contributors.

North Carolina based band Elishah stepped in for glass-raising vocals on the album’s closing song while Rebecca Lovell of Georgia-based band Larkin Poe contributes her enchanting alto to a duet arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”  Add a banjo player here, a cellist there, and even a member of the Georgia Boy Choir, and a picture forms of carolers and visitors stopping by for a holiday visit.


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