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Dead Letters

by Sunshone Still

Contemplative and Dusty Art-Country
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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1. Land of Tar and Cotton
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2. Fireflies
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3. Smoke Rings
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4. Damn You, California
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5. Julie Christie
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6. Barstool
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7. Saturdays in the Sky
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8. Dear Emily
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9. I Found Jesus
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10. All Roads
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Chris Smith (a.k.a. Sunshone Still) has a sound that reflects the work of artists such as Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake. Dead Letters is his impressive debut, which he wrote, recorded and produced over the last three years; it's a musical landscape painted in the hushed tones of twilight. Acoustic guitars lead the way, occasionally joined by the lonesome and cutting sound of a harmonica or any number of acoustic instruments lazily meandering through the songs. The sparse instrumentation and subdued production emphasize Smith's plaintive baritone and the small-town pictures he paints. The summer-camp recollection “Fireflies” is a midtempo highlight, while the heartrending “Smoke Rings” is a picture of post-relationship depression.”

- No Depression, March/April 2006 Issue, Greg Yost


Sunshone Still* is the musical nom de plume for Chris Smith, a Nashville native now living in Columbia, SC. Since the 2005 release of Dead Letters, Chris has received an honorable mention at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Competition and appeared on Shut Eye Records' compilation disc, The United State of Americana, Vol 3 with The Greencards and Jeff Black. Also, critics from The State and Free Times listed Dead Letters among the top '05 albums, and readers voted the album runner-up for Best CD by a Local Artist in the Free Times 2005 Best of Columbia poll. In 2006, he was featured in a Free Times cover story about “five buzz-worthy Columbia bands”.

Without a record contract, promoter, manager, booking agent, or publicist, the music continues to reach a national audience. The album was reviewed in No Depression (Mar/Apr 2006 issue) as an “...impressive debut...a musical landscape painted in the hushed tones of twilight.” He was featured on the NPR program, All Songs Considered: Open Mic in February 2006, and he has had two songs placed on the 2006 PBS series, Roadtrip Nation.



*"And I was green, greener than the hill
Where flowers grew and the sun shone still
Now I'm darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be"
-from Nick Drake's "Place to Be"


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Josh

Impression debut from a talented independent artist
This is one of the best independently recorded and produced albums I have ever heard! Has a lot of the quiet hush and beauty of Iron and WIne. One of my new favorites...

Daniel H. Kroener

Overall, a rather pleasant listening experience. A rare jewel.
I am enjoying this CD. My wife and I play it a lot. One or two songs seem to lack the lyrical or instrumental beauty found in the rest of the CD. A treasure! Well worth the money.

No Depression

Impressive Debut
Chris Smith (aka Sunshone Still) has a sound that reflects the work of artists such as Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake. Dead Letters is his impressive debut...it's a musical landscape painted in the hushed tones of twilight. Acoustic guitars lead the way, occasionally joined by the lonesome and cutting sound of a harmonica or any number of acoustic instruments lazily meandering through the songs. The sparse instrumentation and subdued production emphasize Smith's plaintive baritone and the small town pictures he paints. The summer-camp recollection "Fireflies" is a midtempo highlight, while the heartrending "Smoke Rings" is a picture of post-relationship depression.

Airiel

inspiring!
I really loved this CD and I was so excited when I recieved it. This was the CD that drove me to order off CD baby.
I was so happy to find it, I listen to it at work and it's truely a beautiful record.

Free-Times

dusty anthems...comparable to the work of...Iron & Wine, Richard Buckner or Dami
Chris Smith lifted his musical nom de plume from the Nick Drake song "Place to Be" and doesn't put it to waste on his charming alt-country debut Dead Letters, which is equal parts Nashville, Austin and Carolina. Smith's songs are dusty anthems born in bedrooms, on barstools or behind the wheel and are comparable to the work of Damien Jurado, Iron & Wine, Richard Buckner or Damien Rice.

The State

heavy with substance...If your heart is already broken, it will be broken again.
Sunshone Still's songs are heavy with substance, drifting through minutes of sometimes sobering storytelling. The music is lathered with imagination. The instruments wander as the vocals suggest eyes staring straight ahead into darkness. Or is that hope?

Sad, sad songs. If your heart is already broken, it will be broken again.

Shut Eye Records

…brilliant and enchanting as it swirls about…
…truly a representation of what Americana roots music is all about…It is brilliant and enchanting as it swirls about…This entire CD is full of various sounds and vibes, it is perfect for almost any mood.

Miriam Hart

Fantastic. Musically sound, lyrically brillant, creatively inspired.
The lyrics are wistful, pensive, reminiscent. Chris Smith's voice adds resonance to the melodies. It's a beautiful, melancholic CD. Some of the songs are slightly repetitive of each other but because of thier soulful quality, it justifies some repetition. Really good chill-out music. It passed the in-law test, so you know it's got to be good.

NJA

Love it!
Hard to describe, doesn't really remind me of anyone, but I've been listening to it non-stop. Honestly, my favorite CD I've purchased in the past year.

Mike

Beautiful
Reminded me of a cross between Elliot Smith and Cowboy Junkies. Just a great album.
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