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July 2016

Excited to announce we are opening for our dear friend Jimmy Gnecco, of the band OURS, on August 5th in Franklin TN. The show will be at Kimbros and we will go on early around 7 pm. Do yourself a favor and check this show out. Jimmy is a genius songwriter and his voice is like no other.
Peace ya'll and have a brilliant and hot July. xo

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June 2016

So, we have been a bit quiet as of late, but we are coming out of hibernation finally. After 3 years of intense touring in support of our last album, 2 Guns, we have just recently finished our latest album and will begin touring again this summer! So be sure to check out our FB page and our Tour page for the latest updates folks.

A big THANK YOU to Nashville's The Family Wash for featuring us in their Repertoire column. Jordan speaks with us candidly in one of our favorite neighborhood pubs:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FEATURE

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September 2015

A big thanks to Tommy Womack and The East Nashvillian for a great feature spread in this month's issue. CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE FEATURE Or pick up a hard copy on a news stands all over Nashville.

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July 2015

We had the pleasure of playing, yet again, on a great bill a couple weeks ago... one of those magical nights where all the band made sense together and were equally stellar in each of our genres, and the crowd was, well, amazing too. So thank you, No Country For New Nashville, for this great review and live photos that captured the evening! And thank you for getting what we do!

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO THE REVIEW ARTICLE



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April 2015

Spring tour dates announced!

Excited to get back out on the road this year folks! Check out the dates by going to our "tour" page and see if we are hitting a city near you. Mind you, more dates will be announced soon. If you would like us to play your city, please hit us up! We'd love to hear from you. Plus, we can do house concerts as well.

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March 2015

Silence is golden. That's what they say. We promise our silence lately doesn't mean we aren't busy. We've been working on a "golden" new album for you with the boys over at Cosmic Thugs Records and it's almost ready for mastering by the talented John Baldwin. Next? We will find our rockin' record a home. Sometimes this takes time. And silence. Stay tuned, for when we crank up the noise.

xo Kim and Scott

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February 2015

Check out the article on TSF in NO DEPRESSION! We kinda like those folks at No Depression. They treat us kindly. : CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO ARTICLE



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JANUARY 2015

A big thanks to Nashville Arts magazine for a great feature article on The Smoking Flowers in this month's issue! You can grab yourself a hard copy or check it out online HERE. Photography by the legendary Raeanne Rubenstein .



We are also exited to be finishing up the recording of our new record with our pals and producers, Adam Landry & Justin Collins of Cosmic Thugs Productions (Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Sally Ford, Diamond Rugs). Will be working on spring touring too, so stay tuned.















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CLICK HERE TO GET THE LATEST EP/SINGLE "1985" which includes The Flowers' versions of the 1985 hit songs "Boys of Summer" and "Bastards of Young".

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December 20, 2014

The Flowers are taking a couple of months off from touring to finish up recording for their forthcoming album to be released sometime in 2015. We can't thank you all enough for the support over the past year and for all those who came to see the shows around the country. It's not always easy being away from home so much, but it's been a thrilling and rewarding year of adventure and growth. Gonna kill 2015!!! Happy holidays to everyone and we will see you in the new year! Later 2014...

Peace.



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October 1, 2014

/> We /> are on tour once again... several East Coast dates this October folks, as well as back down to the Gulf. So check out the dates and spread the word! Happy Fall. We are so glad to be living in a world where Octobers exist. xo





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September 22, 2014

Happy last day of summer! We are releasing our beloved version of the 1985 hit "Boys of Summer" (originally by Don Henley) today in celebration of the change of seasons. We've been playing "Boys" at our live shows for sometime now, and the feedback has been overwhelming for us to release a recording of it. So here ya go folks! (to buy see link on top of page). Of course, with the single being released, we had to have a video to accompany. So please check out the new video on YouTube and we would be ever so grateful if you would share it with all your friends. It features a young Kim from old 8MM family footage... Nostalgia to match the song. Check it out here: BOYS OF SUMMER



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July 29, 2014

Check out our latest video to an older song of ours. We always loved this song, "Crime to Fall" off our debut album, SWEET AS PORT, and decided to add a visual to it. The guy featured in the video is one of our personal heroes. Let us know what you think. Enjoy...



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June 28, 2014

Our very own Kim has been asked to speak for this year's National Women's Survivor Convention. It will be held at Opryland Hotel and is for any cancer survivor around the world. So excited for her to share her courageous story of how she beat breast cancer without chemo, radiation or drugs! If you haven't already, you can check out Kim's blog, THE WARRIOR AND THE WISHBONE . She will also be singing at the Survivors convention at a celebration party with Nashville's very own "The Long Players". Way to go Kim!

Love, The Flowers Team



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June 1, 2014
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New dates added to our Summer 2 Guns tour... check them out on the TOUR page. And then go enjoy your summer, folks! xo The Flowers



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April 15, 2014

Don't let the lack of posts on this News page let you think The Flowers have not been busy. They've just been laying low after a year of touring to support the successful release of 2 Guns last year. But touring for this album is not over yet... After many requests to get their butts over to the West Coast again, Kim and Scott are heading for a 2 week tour to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Please check out the tour page to see the list of cities, and help spread the word to anyone you may know in these areas. If we are hitting your town, come say hey! Oh, and follow them on INSTAGRAM (www.instagram.com/thesmokingflowers) to see the journey told through photos. Kim's an avid photographer, yo.

Happy Spring.



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No Fooling...

We are releasing a new live video tomorrow! While out on the road this past fall, we were asked to perform at The Re:Fresh Studio Sessions in the charming and coolest small city in America, Berlin,MD. It's an up incoming East coast version of The Day Trotter sessions so to speak and we were thrilled with the results. Kim on drums too. "PISTOL WHIP"





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You gotta check out our latest music video. It's sassy, a bit risque and oh yeah, it's our first original Christmas song, A Bow and Nothing More.

See it here on Youtube! Merry Christmas folks! xoxo



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October 25, 2013

"2 Guns" gets another 4 /> star review by Billboard's All Music! We are stoked.

Go to this link to read this seriously nice review:

CLICK HERE to read all about it.



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September 22, 2013

The Smoking Flowers are proud to announce their partnership with CHILD FUND INTERNATIONAL for the LIVE series, as they partner with other performing artists to help spread the message of how child sponsorship is changing the lives of those in poverty.

Started in 1938, ChildFund International is inspired and driven by the potential that is inherent in all children; the potential not only to survive but to thrive, to become leaders who bring positive change for those around them. Their distinctive approach focuses on working with children throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood, as well as with families, local organizations and communities globally to create the environments children need to thrive. And what makes them stand out from other child organizations is the fact that once YOU sponsor a child, you can actually have communication (as well as visit) with this child and watch how your sponsorship money is put in action. If you are interested in helping The Flowers help these children by becoming a sponsor, please visit THIS LINK and make sure you link from The Smoking's > Flowers page to sign up.

If you catch one of our live shows, you can sign up at our merchandise table as well. See you on the road, America!



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September 16, 2013

The new album, 2 GUNS, has the honor of being placed in "Homegrown Listening Stations" throughout the country... In a RECORD STORE near you. Go visit your local record store and buy the physical album! If perhaps they don't stock The Smoking Flowers "2 Guns" please request that they do. We support the survival of this now "archaic" musical art form... you should too. Vinyl coming soon.

Love, The Flowers



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August 20, 2013

THE NEW ALBUM, 2 GUNS, IS RELEASED TODAY WORLD WIDE! Get your copy anywhere online or CLICK HERE TO BUY ON iTUNES

2 Guns has already garnered some great press in the first week of it's release. Check out these reviews that just rolled in:

From Relix's online blog, Jambands.com, THIS IS A STELLAR REVIEW BY BRIAN ROBBINS. He seems to really get what The Flowers are doing. Thank you, Brian.

Some hometown love...

THE NASHVILLE SCENE: With so much marital strife popping up in the local rags these days, it’s nice to see at least one couple who are doing better than ever. The Smoking Flowers — aka the dashing duo of Kim and Scott Collins — are playing Music City Roots this week, and their album 2 Guns (no relation to the action movie) is getting a proper national release via City Hall Records. A scorcher of a fuzz-folk record that’s equal parts country charm and rock ’n’ roll wildin’, 2 Guns blazes with a fire you’re not going to find on your average Americana record. The dynamic between the Collinses shares the tension and love of a good marriage and a great band — and it’s on the shortlist for our local albums of the year. The fact that Kim is in remission from breast cancer only makes it sweeter. —SEAN L. MALONEY



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July 23, /> 2013
World Video Premiere of the new single /> "Something I Said"

Click here to watch the video!

A big thank you to American Songwriter for featuring our video and giving it an exclusive with their publication. That rocks. Here's what they had to say:

"The Smoking Flowers, the East Nashville singer-songwriter duo of Kim and Scott Collins, is quietly building hype. Well, not quietly exactly as the pair specialize in their own brand of blues-rock (with “a sweet flavor of Southern Gothic”) but they do take it down a few notches, matching the minimalist arrangement with solo shots of the performers, in their latest video for the haunting slowburn “Something I Said.”

“The video is yet another exercise in minimalism for us,” Says Scott Collins of the Allen Clark-directed spot. “Something we dwell in often, in regards to our music. We wanted the video to create a modern twist on classic film noir by evoking dusky and stark black and white contrasts, but yet filming it all in color. The obvious and natural yin and yang symbolism could then shine through… the interdependence of light and dark, male and female, the sun and the stars.

“The bulk of the challenge in filming this video fell on Kim and her acting performance, as she had to delicately emote and be able to engage the viewer for nearly the whole song. ‘Something I Said’ is definitely the black sheep of our new album, 2 Guns, in which it is the only song that Kim takes the vocal completely solo, abandoning our signature two part arrangement. I do my “singing” through guitar only and Kim does not play an instrument, as she normally would.

2 Guns is the Smoking Flowers sophomore effort and will be released August 20th." ~ Shea Corrigan (American Songwriter)

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June 30, 2013

VIDEO PRIMIER /> EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCED with American Songwriter Magazine (www.americansongwriter.com) for the single, "Something I Said", directed by Allen Clark (Julian Assange's personal photographer). Premier is on July 23rd! Woohoo!

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June 21, 2013
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/> Very kind new review of "2 Guns" by the Vinyl Anachronist... Thanks Marc!

Read the review here.

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June 15, 2013

Just announced: The Smoking Flowers to play MUSIC CITY ROOTS at The Loveless Barn in Nashville TN on August 21st.

This kicks off the release of the new album, 2 Guns, which just happens to be officially released the day before by City Hall Records. Good timing folks! Glad to be a part of this special series.

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June 1, 2013

Sorry we've been quiet around here... but we promise, it's about to get loud! We have lots going on, tour dates added and excited to announce the official release of "2 Guns" on August 20, 2013. We just signed a distribution deal with CITY HALL RECORDS and look forward to working with them and BANDALOOP RECORDS for this much anticipated release. A loooong time coming for us and this album, needless to say. Visit our TOUR page to see where we will be playing this summer and if you have any friends/family in those cities, help us spread the word. Thanks for your support, as always. Cheerio for now.

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April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day! Here's a recent review for our upcoming release "2 Guns":

Is it uncouth to say that a married couple making records together reminds you of Ike and Tina? Is it slander? It seems like it might imply things we’d rather not talk about, but when local power-couple Kim and Scott Collins start trading lines on The Smoking Flowers’ new 2 Guns album, we can’t help but think of a folkier Nutbush City Limits. Maybe it’s the fuzz-country stomp or the inherent tension that comes along with being in a matrimonial situation that doubles as a band situation. (I’m in a band with my better half, and that shit ain’t always puppies and rainbows.) Granted, 2 Guns may not have the Ikettes singing in the background, but tracks like “The Juggler,” “The Wrong Kind of Man” and “El Matador” boil over with the sort of heat and chemistry you’ll find only between two long-term lovers. And unlike Ike and Tina, Kim and Scott harmonize pretty well offstage too. An upcoming release is always celebration, but this one even more so, as the couple are also celebrating Kim’s recent triumph over breast cancer. —SEAN L. MALONEY (The Nashville Scene)

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March 1, 2013

LR Baggs recently spotlighted The Smoking Flowers as a featured artist at this years NAMM convention in Los Angeles and also on their website with a newly shot live video. go check the video out here.

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November 5, 2012
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Southern Living's Top 5 Buzz Worthy events this week: East Side Storytellin' Radio Broadcast featuring The Smoking Flowers... Click here to see the link!


/> /> /> /> /> /> /> East Side Story has partnered with Rumours East and WAMB 1200 AM/ 99.3 FM radio to present East Side Storytellin’—an evening of book readings, musical performances, and author/musician interviews designed to elaborate on the stories behind these creative processes. East Side Storytellin’ will be held at Rumours East, located at 1112 Woodland Street in East Nashville, the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning Tuesday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. Chuck Beard, owner of East Side Story, will host the event which will be recorded by WAMB to air on the radio station at a later date. Recordings of the show may also be found on East Side Story’s website (eastsidestorytn.com). This event is FREE but space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling Rumours East at 615.262.5346.

We hope all of you are well and happy. And to our North East Coast friends: Our hearts go out to you and the millions affected by this far-reaching devastation. We wish everyone touched by this disaster a fast and safe recovery.

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November 3, 2012

the inagural bi-monthly radio broadcast series of EAST SIDE STORYTELLIN' - THIS Tuesday, November 6th, 7 pm at Rumours East (East Nashville TN).

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/> October 18, 2012

After much thought and a lot of requests, Kim has started a blog to document her cancer experience and share the holistic treatments she has had success with beating it. Please check it out and pass it along to help others that may be interested.
click here for THE WARRIOR AND THE WISHBONE
"A story of my battle with breast cancer, alternative therapies, raw food and going against the pharmaceutical grain."

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October 10, 2012

LR Baggs has /> graciously chosen us as one of the bands they will be featuring to help promote this coming year. They filmed a live performance video of us playing 5 songs at the historic Standard in downtown Nashville. Baggs has also outfitted our guitars and mandolin with their sweet sounding pickups. A big thank you to LR BAGGS. Cool peeps. Watch for updates when our live video is released on their website.

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August 1, 2012

Thanks to all of our friends and fans who have offered their love, support and prayers during the last 6 months as Kim has been battling breast cancer. The good news is that she is beating it with non toxic treatments and is on her way to being cancer free without chemo. It will be an ongoing fight and lifestyle change, but we are up to the challenge. On the music end of things: The new album should hit this Fall, so stay tuned as we plan to get back in action as soon as Kim is ready...

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Happy Love Day, Dearies. We have some lovely news to share... The Smoking Flowers are excited to have a song featured on ABC's newest hit drama series, REVENGE, this Wednesday night February 15th, 9 pm Central. The single, "Something I Said", is from the upcoming album, 2 Guns, which will be released this Spring. However, the single is available now for digital sale at Band Camp and on ITunes. Go check it out and be sure to stay tuned to ABC's Revenge tomorrow night! (we hear our song will be played during the make up scene between Amanda and Jack, for all you Revenge fans).
Cheers, Kim and Scott

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A Bow and Nothing Else Album Art Enjoy The Smoking Flowers orignal Christmas Song, "HO HO HO (A Bow and Nothing More)", by visiting our Music Page. Available on iTunes (click on left photo) and also on BandCamp!
Happy Holidays to all!

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August 23, 2011

So, we guess you've been wondering about this so-called cd in the works. While we were really hoping it would be released by now, well, we needed help to finish the project and have been courting such help this Summer. So without further adieu... The Smoking Flowers are excited to announce our signing to indie label Broadstroke Records out of Los Angeles! The label will focus on releasing TSF's newest CD in Europe as well as the states. So, hold tight for news to develop on the status of this new release. Yes, for real, it's coming soon...

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July 6, 2011

Check out this interview with Kim and Scott by the legendary Masterlink Record in NY. They just mastered the upcoming new release by The Smoking Flowers, 2 Guns. The interview includes conversations with our engineers, so enjoy all you tech heads!

Thanks Masterlink!

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July 5, 2011

Summertime and the livin' is easy... Woo Hoo! Just home from Florida. The beach tour was rockin... we love 30A.

July 4th was magical on the white sand beaches and our shows were packed with new faces as well as the regular locals we've grown to call friends. Glad to be home with a tan and a smile on our faces. Thanks again for all who came to the shows! And a big thanks to Emily who "loaned" us (a band she has never met before) her house for a week. You're awesome. Nice digs.


Happy Summer,
K & S

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June 1, 2011
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/> Glad to be back home after an amazing 3 week tour in California! It was such a beautiful experience and we had more success than we could have ever imagined (yes, news to follow!). There truly is nothing better than hitting the road with your loved one, being able to do what you love (in this case music) and going with the flow of events... such a gypsy lifestyle that opens the heart to new experiences and brilliant encounters with kindred spirits. Thanks to Drew and Niki Sherrod for the wonderful accomodations while in LA, and to our amazing new friend, Gayle Day, for your help with booking, studio and etc. You're lovely.

Also, our tour in the Northern part of the state was all the more an adventure by squeezing in a van with 2 other bands (Harlowe and the Great North Woods and Pat Hull) and traveling around the gorgeous country side making new fans. Do yourself a favor and check these bands out if you ever get a chance. Seriously talented writers and performers... and a pleasure to journey with. I still can't believe we fit everything in that van.


Here's to life. And deluxe size vans. Cheers,
Kim & Scott

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April 21, 2011

Gearing up for our 3 /> week tour to Cali this weekend. Just put the finishing touches on our new cd, "2 Guns", this week. Feels good! Please check out our new unreleased single on the music page called "Golden State" (Kinda apropos for the tour, eh?).

Just finished the album with Chad Brown behind the board turnin' knobs over at The Toy Box studios here in our very own East Nashville. And of course the musical talents of Chris Autry on bass, Marshall Richardson on drums, Peter Hyrka on the violin, and Micha on the baby grand (more East Nashvillians... there's a trend here:). Oh, and props to Andy Wilson who gave it a fine mastering job at the famous Masterdisk in New York! Ok, so there are the kudos... So many more to give. We have a mess of talented people in our lives.

And all you West Coasters... come say hey at one of our upcoming shows if you are in the area. Please check out the Tour page for an updated schedule and pass the word along!


Cheers,
Kim & Scott

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April 5, 2011

We are excited to announce our upcoming California dates for this Spring! Our friend and amazing singer/songwriter, Pat Hull, is having us along with him for a short tour in the Northern part of Cali. Check out Pat's music here. And please check our tour page for dates and venues. We will also be in Los Angeles for a few shows to kick off the trip. If you live in the area, or know someone who does, please spread the word. This is a grass roots operation, ya'll!

With love and respect,
Kim & Scott

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/> January 25, 2011

We kicked off the new year with a trip to the 30A Songwriter's Festival, in the unique area of Florida's panhandle known as, well, 30A! For us, this area has become a second home. The people are so friendly, artisic and support original music... truly a gem of Florida. Thank you 30A for another successful tour! Can't wait to return in the Spring. A big shout out to Russell, Jennifer, & Joy who helped to create a great festival that was a joy to be a part of again this year.

xo,
Kim & Scott

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A Bow and Nothing Else Album Art Season’s Greetings everyone! We are thrilled to announce the release of our brand spanking new original Christmas song, entitled “A Bow & Nothing More”, just in time to add a little extra cheer to all your households, You can preview it on our MySpace< /a> page, and then buy it on iTunes for only 99 cents.

We truly wish you the best as this year comes to an end, with much joy and cheer!

Happy Holidays,

Kim & Scott

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/> /> /> October 25, 2010

Welcome to the brand new website of THE SMOKING FLOWERS. We are excited to finally launch our first official site. (Thanks to Heath Brockwell) This news page will be used as our current events and “blog” page, so please check back on a regular basis if you’d like to keep up with our happenings!

Speaking of happenings…We are currently in the middle of recording our second full-length album, which we have been tracking at Playground Sound with Adam Landry in Nashville, TN. We are thrilled thus far with the new recordings and are enjoying the process as it unfolds. Release date and title still tba. For a sneak peak, go to the music page to hear a couple of the new tracks.

To coincide with the CD’s release, we are headed up to New York City this month to film a music video with acclaimed indie filmmaker, Luke Leonard. Look for the unveiling of the video soon. In the meantime, you can check out a live video we have currently posted on the video page.

While in NYC, we will be playing a couple of showcases:Monday, November 1st at The Living Room 7pm Tuesday, November 2nd at Rockwood Music Hall 9 pm.

If you live in the area, or know someone who does, /> please show your support and come see us live and pass the word along!

Kim & Scott
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