About a month ago, I put a short article up telling you that the Small Town Pistols were getting some very prestigious recognition in their home country of Canada. If you missed that article, you can read it by clicking here. Since posting that article, I have had an opportunity to not only learn a lot more about this duo, but to see them on stage in Nashville.
On Wednesday evening, April 23, 2014, the country music duo Small Town Pistols put on a showcase in Nashville, giving a small sampling of what they do to members of the media and music industry. The music we heard that night came from their self-titled 2013 album. While the name Small Town Pistols probably doesn’t ring a bell with most of you, all country music fans will remember these two from their Top 10 hits, “26 Cents,” and “Fly (The Angel Song)”. At that time, they were performing as The Wilkinsons, and were a brother-sister-father trio, made up of Tyler, Amanda and Steve Wilkinson.
Times have certainly changed, and so has music. When you listen to the music of Small Town Pistols, don’t expect to hear what you heard back in 1998. Country music isn’t the same now as it was back then. What we listen to now isn’t the ‘traditional’ country music a lot of us grew up with. We now have sounds called country/rock, country/pop, and even country/rap. Whether you believe the difference in todays music is a result of change or of growth – it is obvious that Amanda and Tyler have made that change, too, and have grown into what the music has become.
Anyone who enjoys high-energy, country/rock music, with strong vocals and a lot of soul is going to love the Small Town Pistols. They’ve been on stage for a long time, they know what they are doing up there. Their show at The Rutledge was well attended, and they were certainly well received. The worked hard to entertain the crowd, and I believe they left everyone wanting more.
They have videos on YouTube for “Blame It On The Radio” and “Colour Blind” (as well as others). Here are links to those two Colour Blind and Blame It On The Radio. If you like what you are seeing on these videos, you are going love what you see in a live show from this duo. The music is good, the performances are exciting.
When I got home, the first thing I did was run to the computer, bring up Spotify, and look for Small Town Pistols. All there music is good, some of it is great. I found some new favorites. “Easy As Breathing,” “Friends,” and “Peter Pan” showed me that while Amanda and Tyler have grown and changed with trends in today’s music, they haven’t lost what they had back in the late 1990’s. The music they are putting out is a great mix of what we get today, and what we had yesterday.
A few more pictures for you from Wednesday’s showcase.
In addition to their web site, be sure to visit their Facebook page, and take a second to “Like” them while you are there. You can also follow them on Twitter, @SmTownPistols. Remember, too, if you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, you will find us @countryschatter.
I’ll be back with more soon!