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The Stationary Poets

by The Stationary Poets

A compelling and engrossing portrayal of traditional American roots-rock, along the lines of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Wallflowers & Train.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Greeting Card
2:44 $0.99
2. Crown Of Thorns
3:13 $0.99
3. All The Love
3:08 $0.99
4. Waiting On A Train
4:49 $0.99
5. Don't Know
3:19 $0.99
6. Blacktop Lane
2:38 $0.99
7. Wounded
3:15 $0.99
8. Shiny Paint
3:03 $0.99
9. So Long
3:25 $0.99
10. Jurassic Park
3:01 $0.99
11. Can't Believe
3:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
The story of The Stationary Poets began at The Jamaican Room, one of the many long forgotten seedy taverns in downtown Norfolk, VA.

Once the backstage area for an old vaudeville venue turned porno-palace, both the tavern and theater were owned and operated by a man (& I swear this is true) named Frankie Blue.

Complete with resident hookers and a clientele only interested in hustling change for another beer, this dingy club was the first meeting place for Bill Gaunce and Robin Miller.

Just teenagers at the time, the two formed a bond which would lead them through many years of songwriting and musical collaboration.

Now, Bill Gaunce (vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Robin Miller (guitar, keyboards) have joined forces with Charlie Corletto (bass) and Mike Trimble (drums) to form The Stationary Poets.

This is their first CD and is released on Small Round Records.

Check out the tunes and you'll discover what the fans of their emotional rootsy sound have already learned.

"Gaunce and Miller are brilliant musicians and writers. What was considered a recording for fun may turn out to be the fancy of record companies . . . " - Jeff Maisey, The Virginian Pilot

"Crown Of Thorns" is included on the new Rock and Roots Cd sampler from Oasis. Also ,The Stationary Poets have received nominaions in the "Album Of The Year" and "Best Producer" categories by Tidewater's NINEVOLT magazine.



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" . . . the stuff rock legends are made of . . ."

If the name of this Virginia roots-rock band
is unfamiliar to you, it won’t be for long.
The Stationary Poets have the stuff that rock
legends are made of, and that is in no way an
over-exaggeration. Vocalist Bill Gaunce and
guitarist Robin Miller make an impressive bid
for being two of the most economical songwriters
I’ve ever heard and, in my view that alone makes
them masters at crafting the perfect 3-minute tune.
Every note, every lyric and every beat is essential
and concisely rendered. Absolutely nothing is
wasted and not one ounce of creative talent is
spared on this inspiring 11-track debut.

As Gaunce’s moving harmonica leads the way in the
opener, “Greeting Card”, The Stationary Poets get
off to a melodically good start. With moody,
contemplative songs such as “Waiting on a Train”,
“All The Love” and the aforementioned “Greeting Card”,
it’s very easy (almost too easy) to make the
obvious Dylanesque comparison (Bob or Jakob,
take your pick!). But, it is also an apt one,
and not such bad company to be in, at all.
If you’re from the "Just Like A Woman" school
of the father, or the “6th Avenue Heartache”
school of the son, The Stationary Poets will
have no trouble finding a place in your
music-loving soul.

This is not to say that this band is purely a
revisionistic Dylan construction. Far from it.
Robin Miller’s keyboard work is often transcendental
(“Don’t Know”,“Can’t Believe”), and the forceful
rhythm section, comprised of bassist Charlie Corletto
and drummer Mike Trimble, is rounded out by a
three-barrel guitar assist (Miller, Gaunce and
Billy Kello provide alternating 6-string licks,
with Kello stepping up to showcase his skill on
slide guitar). The Stationary Poets establish their
unique position in the roots-rock hierarchy by
expertly blending southern-styled guitar with
a hint of groove rock and just a taste of swamp
rock to smack their original compositions with
vibrant personality, opening up the genre with
sparks of elucidating nuance.

So, whether coasting down some lonesome highway,
in a ’58 convertible with the top down, listening
to the Chris Isaac-sounding “Blacktop Lane”, or
taking a detour to hear a bar band in some distant,
whiskey-soaked dive as “Shiny Paint” plays on,
or just kicking back under a cool, cloudy sky while
the bluesy, aching refrains of “So Long” rain
over you like a lover’s memory, you can take
supreme pleasure in the irresistible strains of
The Stationary Poets and remember just how comforting
good music can be. -Roxanne Blanford-

July 25, 2001

T. Vandever

I love this CD!
Let's just say that as I hit the road on a long trip I popped in my new Stationary Poets CD, and three hours later, it was still playing! I couldn't bring myself to change the disc! Yes, the touchstones are Dylan, Petty, the Wallflowers, maybe even a touch of Matchbox 20, but when you roll it all together you get one unique sound that is very, very special. Oh, and for me, as an old rock 'n' roller, I wouldn't say it's's what I wish Dylan were today.

Sam Mc Donald/ The Daily Press

"Packed with solid songwriting . . . timeless rock music . . ."
"The Stationary Poets." Virginia Beach isn't famous for producing
hot roots-rock bands. But all that might change with this disc. "Stationary Poets" is
packed with solid songwriting and tried-and-true rock chops.

With the first harmonica squeals and power chords of "Greeting Card," you know you've
entered the realm of Americana. Bob Dylan -- or maybe Jakob Dylan -- is an obvious
reference point here. But so is Tom Petty and maybe even John Hiatt or Joe Ely.

The tune "Jurassic Park" is a slice of social criticism that invites you to sing along. And
on "Shiny Paint," front man Bill Gaunce offers the kind of world-weary observation you'll
find scattered throughout the disc. "You're not an angel. I'm not a saint," he sings. "And
your heart's not made of solid gold, it's just shiny paint."

The Stationary Poets make timeless rock music. This disc isn't what you'd expect from a
group of Virginia Beach bar-band veterans. It's more like what you'd hope for.

refreshing to here such love of the old school
Yes it does genuinely have that Dillon trademark...But as we all know,!! great songwriters
have always inspired us to emulate their work..hence the fact that we love their music and have always try'd to recreate that beautiful sound..I say the stationary poets are to be ranked up thier with the best of our traditional hero's.......bee! (nakedbynoon).

Dennis Logan

Recording Artist
Bill has a way with words, melody and musicianship. The songwriting is steller! He vocals are real and moving, this is the best CD I've heard in years. The song, Crown Of Thorns, is a sure hit if I've ever heard one. Why Bill isn't signed to a mojor label just shows you how bad the record industry is. It's no wonder they're not selling CD's anymore, when they don't have this kind of talent on their label. Stationary Poets is a must have for every real music lover. The stories, the melodies are the backbone of this masterpiece. The musicianship is fantastic to say the least. Do yourself a favor and by this CD. You won't regret a single minute of this wonderful album.

Amilcar Henrique

Wonderful Album
This band is excelent and it is almost a criminal mistake that none the biggest Cds stores have it in stock. I live in Brasil, and I knew this band from the Pandora station. When I went to USA I tried to find this album in Tower, Virgin, etc, but I did not find anywhere. So i wrote to CD BABY, ordered the cd and in just a one week I had my CD delivered in my home in Brasil. Thank you very much!!

Ninevolt Magazine

" a tour-de-force of ceaselessly melodic folk-pop "
Before "Greeting Card" ( the opening track of the group's self-titled album) was over, I was already smitten. A tour-de-force of ceaselessly melodic folk-pop that would make the Band, the Wallflowers, and Wilco proud. Songs like "Waiting On A Train" (with backing vocals by Letha Holland Deel) and "Can't Believe" are among the highlights of a thoroughly consistent disc. - William Harris

Cd Shakedown

Better than your basic alley cat!
The Stationary Poets (2001) - The
Stationary Poets, a combo based in
Virginia Beach, Virginia, have a winning
sound on their debut CD. Mixing the
guitar pop of "All the Love" against East
Coast bar rock on tracks like "Don't
Know" (with a Leslie organ), the Poets
have the chops.

The band consists of Bill Gaunce on
vocals and guitar, Billy Kello on electric and slide guitar, Robin Miller
on guitar and keyboards, Mike Trimble on drums, and Charlie
Corletto on bass.

Reportedly, the combo had a shot at
a major label . . . The band turned
the offer down, feeling that it was too
"one-sided." [Which, in all probability,
it was. Yet unsigned acts have
essentially no leverage in contract
negotiations, and have to take what is

The highlight of the album is "So Long," a J. Geils-influenced blues
belter. Better than your basic alley cat, The Stationary Poets can grind in
the best bar blues tradition. - Randy Krbechek, CD Shakedown -


Dance and play on the radio!
This CD combines raw instramental talent with the savy vocals reminicient of Tom Petty. Great musical arrangements and a whole lotta fun thrown in. This CD has a good groove and a happy relaxed sound refreshing to the soul.

Michael Allison

This is music that gets in your head & won't go away!
The Stationary Poets are a roots rock band that
deliver their sound in an excellent Americana/folk
style, that has the modern appeal of popular bands
like Train and The Wallflowers. Each song has a
strong energetic feel and aura. This is music that
gets in your head and won't go away. I found
myself humming the melodies of a few songs on
this album all week. The lyrics are so real and
present a feeling that is easily related to by just
about anyone. There are songs on this album that
are definitely potential chart toppers, while some
are just pure art. As the music played on, this
album became more and more of a masterpiece in
my eyes. The music just got better as the album
played through. The vocals and musicianship on
this album are very good. The distinctive tone of the
vocals is a quality that helped to attract me to this
music. As far as the American Roots Rock sound
is concerned, The Stationary Poets have it all
rapped up.
- Michael Allison - THEGLOBALMUSE.COM
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