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“This debut CD from Ithaca based foursome The Small Kings brings to mind the hip groove of compatriot Donna the Buffalo. The rootsy melodies and harmonies… are sweet and joyful.” —Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard

“Very entertaining listen… A true labor of love.” —Dustin Stuhr (Urban Horse Theives)

“It’s better than chocolate!” —Amy Garbincus (Skunks and Roses)

The Small Kings have been a part of the Ithaca music scene for over eight years. During that span, they have played most venues in town and developed a wide repertoire of original music and tasteful covers.

The CD is a combination of old Small Kings standards, plus a handful of songs that written in a flurry of creativity when Joel Blizzard (Thousands of One) first joined the band. These songs began to take shape as the band rehearsed regularly with Blizzard and keyboardist Benjamin Costello. “Tale of Innocent Beginnings” and “Brooklyn” were born as extended jams and were then rounded out with lyrics from Blizzard’s poetry notebook. Another handful of songs are McCaffrey’s. He has a knack for putting together very original pop tunes, beautiful songs that flow in a series of movements. “Stained Glass Window” and “Renard Fogo” are two of these, companion songs of sorts. There’s a lot of collaborative songwriting here, like “Comfort in Between,” which Levy and McCaffrey wrote together. “Blacktop Down” was another collaboration, written by McCaffrey and Raponi about Blizzard’s budding relationship.

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