14 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Smalltown Poets’ second holiday project is an eclectic affair that offers time-honored carols along with original tunes rooted in traditional hymnody. Christmas Time Again expands this veteran Christian pop/rock band’s palette to include haunting choir vocals (“Cantus Sacrum Nocti,” ”Sing We Now of Christmas”), spirited gospel quartet arrangements (“Children Go Where I Send Thee”), and shimmering instrumentals (“Auld Lang Syne”). Blazing upbeat rockers like “The Wassail Song” are interspersed with stately nativity tunes like “This Day in Bethlehem.” These diverse strands unite to create a consistently engaging album full of surprises and rich with reverence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Smalltown Poets’ second holiday project is an eclectic affair that offers time-honored carols along with original tunes rooted in traditional hymnody. Christmas Time Again expands this veteran Christian pop/rock band’s palette to include haunting choir vocals (“Cantus Sacrum Nocti,” ”Sing We Now of Christmas”), spirited gospel quartet arrangements (“Children Go Where I Send Thee”), and shimmering instrumentals (“Auld Lang Syne”). Blazing upbeat rockers like “The Wassail Song” are interspersed with stately nativity tunes like “This Day in Bethlehem.” These diverse strands unite to create a consistently engaging album full of surprises and rich with reverence.

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About Smalltown Poets

The alternative CCM group Smalltown Poets was formed in Tifton, GA. by singer/guitarist Michael Johnston, keyboardist Danny Stephens and drummer Byron Goggin, high school pals who'd played in bands together throughout their formative years (including Villanelle, which released an independent-label album titled Pinwheels and Orange Peels in 1996). In the spring of 1996, the lineup grew to include guitarist Kevin Breuner and bassist Miguel DeJesus; a year later, the Smalltown Poets signed to Chordant to issue their self-titled debut album. A series of lineup changes followed before the group -- now consisting of Johnston, Breuner, DeJesus and drummer Nathan Blackstone -- resurfaced with Listen Closely in 1999 and Third Verse in fall 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny

FORMED
1996

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