SMALL TOWN ROMANCE
Fronted by Jim Arneman and Flora Smith Small Town Romance have been steadily garnering a fan base of true country music lovers everywhere they play. Sharing the writing and singing duties Jim brings a love of narrative and Flora a love of melody – together they are each the others perfect musical foil. At the heart of Small Town Romance is a partnership that celebrates their unique musical backgrounds creating a sound that is more than just a sum of their parts.
Jim Arneman is the son of songstress Anne Kirkpatrick and grandson of Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, raised on the traditions of Australian country music and touring life. His latter influences range across 70’s singer songwriters, alt-country and Americana. At the centre of his work is an admiration of, and ambition to strive for classic song-craft and musicianship. With a honeyed vocal and cracking honky tonk band behind him Jim knows his way around a classic country song but makes no apologies for being an Australian artist.
Flora Smith grew up in a household filled with Irish folk music and then spent a rebellious period dabbling in opera. She was set back on the right path after a period living in Texas where she studied tex-mex button accordion and fell in love with the energy and spirit of classic country.
In 2014, Arneman and Smith pooled their influences and formed Small Town Romance. There was instant chemistry settling into a line-up featuring the searing telecaster of Jamie Argent-Jones and rock solid rhythm section of Alics Gate-Eastley on bass and Daniel Brates on drums. Together they are a band that will have you stopped dead in your tracks one minute and then dragging your partner up to two-step the next.
Their 2016 self titled debut was 2016 debut album which was nominated for both Best Country Album in the Music Victoria Awards and Best New Talent at the CMAA’s Golden Guitar awards. Small Town Romance released their debut album to a sold out crowd at Melbourne’s Bella Union. The last 18 months have seen Small Town Romance playing all over the country, sharing stages with the likes of Don Walker, Eilen Jewell, Jordie Lane, The Wilson Pickers and The Davidson Brothers to name a few.
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'One of the records of the year’ – Michael Park, The International Americana Show, Best of 2016
‘I need to get over my prejudice that only Americans can make good country music. It couldn’t be farther from the truth as evidenced by Small Town Romance.’ Harry Kaplan, twangri-la.com
'An understated, yet classy release' - Rob Dickens, Listening Through the Lens
'Skillful and familiar' - Jeremy Dylan, Rhythms Magazine
'Two beautiful voices that intertwine and tell tales of heartache populated with people and places. On their self-titled album of last year they created a wonderful record built on a relaxed and spacious sound, fine playing and songwriting that resonates with classic country and Cajun Qualities.' Chris Familton, Post To Wire
'Live Small Town Romance serve up a uniquely engrossing brand of country poeticism and hook-laden charm... Flora's preternatural ear for melody and Jim's innate lyricism make for an intoxicating formula.' Gareth Hipwell, County Update Magazine
Our debut album is out now!
To purchase music please visit our Bandcamp page.
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LIVE AT THE AVIARY, OCT 2016