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Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update- Ready To Record…

Hey, Friends!

We are getting really excited. One week from today we will be sequestered away in a top secret location recording tracks for the new Five Smooth Stones album, which will be released mid-Spring. We have a bunch of songs on our "ready for recording" list and some others on the "need more work" list, and we will be working on getting the basic tracking done on as many as we can. Then we'll be working up vocal arrangements, mixing, touching up, looking at album design and all the cool stuff that's part of producing an album.

We'll be posting daily updates on Facebook and tweeting as often as we can, so make sure you are with us on both Facebook and Twitter. There will be some video footage coming out as well, both on Facebook and Youtube. We are going to have a blast and will keep you in the loop all week.

Life From Dust Free Downloads.

With the new album in the works, we will soon be pulling the plug on the free downloads of the first Five Smooth Stones album, Life From Dust. If you haven't grabbed yours already, go [1]here and get it now. If you have it, tell all your people (Facebook, Twitter, even MySpace) to go get it. The clock is ticking… Links: 1. http://1000.smoothstones.net

Booking for Summer & Fall

As we wrap up the new album we will be out playing gigs (our favorite activity) starting in April. You can see our schedule on the official site, and we will be updating Facebook events soon. We still have some dates available for Summer and Fall, so let us know where we should come and play in you area, as soon as you can!

We look forward to seeing you and sharing the new music soon!

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones

Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - Super Bowl Weekend!

Hey, friends!

It comes down to cheeseheads vs. terrible towels. It should be a great Super Bowl. We're torn as to who we'll root for, think we'll just enjoy the game. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, and tweet your picks…

The big Five Smooth Stones news is… we have our recording location rented for the last week of February! We'll be camped out near Whitetail Ski Resort in southern Pennsylvania, with our gear and 19 new songs… gonna get all the basic tracks recorded and be ready to do vocals in the home studio when we get back. We may have mentioned it before– this record is gonna rock (can you tell we're stoked?)!

We have some very talented help working on the artwork for the new (as yet untitled) album, and we are hoping to kick up the packaging a notch– we'll be announcing shortly how you can help us with the project, and we are working on some cool rewards for your support, too!

Kathryn & Jamie headed to Atlanta early this morning, to celebrate Roo's first birthday. When the get back it'll be time to get packed and head out to make the record– please pray for their safe trip, and for all of us as we get to work on the album…

We hope you're warm and dry,

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

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Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - Cranked to 2011!

Hey, friends!

Welcome to 2011, we hope it's been a blessed year-to-date for each of you!

Five Smooth Stones is finishing up writing a couple more songs for our new record, we expect to get to recording in a few weeks. We may have mentioned this before, but FYI, this record's gonna rock…

We are hoping to see a bunch of you next Friday, January 21st. We will be at The Attic Coffeehouse in Hagerstown, MD. This is our third time out there, it's a great bunch of folks, you should come join us. The Attic is located at the upstairs rear of Tristate Fellowship Church, 13173 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown 21740. Doors open at 7pm.

The Five Smooth Stones booking machine is getting cranked up for 2011, we'll be playing all around the Mid-Atlantic and it looks like even into the Carolinas, and maybe New York or Ohio. Keep checking our site at www.smoothstones.net for added shows, and p l e a s e … let us know of a venue close to you that we should be contacting… we love playing live and we'll come to just about any venue for a gig. Check the booking link at www.smoothstones.net for details…

We'll be updating a bit more regular now that the holidays are over. Meanwhile, join us on Twitter, or Facebook. Or both- all links are listed below.

Happy January,

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

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Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - TweetTweet.

Hey, friends!

Hope everyone has survived the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday frenzy and is back to the everyday routines. Since all the shopping's done (right), we're imagining it's on to decorating for the Christmas season and planning all the festivities. We hope it is a blessed season of celebration of the birth of our savior, Jesus!

Last week we asked you to pray for our friend Mike Cook, deployed to Afghanistan, please continue to remember him. This week we have another request for a friend who is soon to be deployed, Dan Yochelson- Dan's father passed away suddenly, leaving his mother to care for Dan's siblings and run the family farm on her own. Please lift this family up in prayer with us.

We are excited that we are gaining Twitter followers at an amazing pace. We welcome you all and invite everyone to follow us, @5smoothstones. We're having fun with some hashtag games and of course will keep you posted on the progress we're making with the new album…

On that front, we are making progress, the demos are coming along and we are looking to settle on a recording location soon. We'll be sending a special message soon about our recording plan and how you can help us in locating a great recording location…

We have a Christmas song on FanFaves, What Child Is This?, recorded last year. It features Andrew on lead vocals and an epic ending. We'll send occasional reminders, but are hoping you'll remember to rate it each day through Christmas for us, without a lot of prompting :) We pray you enjoy a safe and blessed Christmas season.

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

AOL friendly web links: Five Smooth Stones Official Website: Five Smooth Stones Life From Dust 1000 Downloads: 1000 Downloads Five Smooth Stones on Facebook: IndieHeaven Five Smooth Stones on YouTube: YouTube Five Smooth Stones on Twitter: Twitter Fan Faves at IndieHeaven: FanFaves eMail Us: eMail

Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - Thanks To You.

Hey, friends!

We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, here's hoping that you and your family have a safe and joyous holiday.

We are grateful for all of our friends and the encouragement we receive from you all. We have one friend in mind on this holiday, Mike Cook, who we would ask you to pray for as he has just deployed to Afghanistan, leaving his wife and baby behind.

We are thankful for the outpouring of kindness you have shown in rating our song Inspiration on the FanFaves chart at IndieHeaven, as of this moment it stands at number 12! We have one more week on the chart, if you can rate it each day we appreciate it: http://www.indieheaven.com/fanfaves.php

We're busy writing the new record, you can follow the progress on Twitter, where we're also enjoying some fun topics, such as #battleofthebands and #howyougettingtoThanksgiving. Do follow us, and join the conversations! http://www.twitter.com/5smoothstones

FYI, turkey has no more tryptophan than other poultry. But it does make for a good excuse for a holiday afternoon nap!

Thanks for being our friends,

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

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Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - Facebook.

Hey, friends!

We have just hit a small milestone on our Facebook page, passing 300 "likers". We are hoping you can help us pump that up to 1000. We haven't set a time frame, but faster is good, right?

We figure, if 300 "likers" each get just two friends to become "likers", and a some get three :)… we'll get to 1000 in no time…

If you don't know how to invite your Facebook friends to like Five Smooth Stones, it's easy, just click the "Suggest To Friends" button under our profile picture on our Facebook page. For "visual learners" there's a video tutorial here: http://ow.ly/32052

BTW, if you're not a Five Smooth Stones Facebook "Liker", just go to the Facebook link below and click the "Like" button… easy!

We hope to see a bunch of you at The Eastside Connection show on Saturday November 6th, in Wrightsville PA. Details, as always are at www.smoothstones.net.

Watch for our next FanFaves song, Inspiration, to be up in a day or so…

Take care,

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

AOL friendly web links: Five Smooth Stones Official Website: Five Smooth Stones Life From Dust 1000 Downloads: 1000 Downloads Five Smooth Stones on Facebook: Facebook Five Smooth Stones on IndieHeaven: IndieHeaven Five Smooth Stones on YouTube: YouTube Five Smooth Stones on Twitter: Twitter Fan Faves at IndieHeaven: FanFaves eMail Us: eMail

Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - Weekend Shows.

Hey, friends!

Two Five Smooth Stones shows this weekend: Friday Sept 24 at North Glen Coffee House (508 W Furnace Branch Rd, Glen Burnie, MD) and Sunday Sept 26 at 4th Street Cafe (360 Locust Street, Columbia PA). These events are at 7pm and 6:30pm, respectively. Come on out, bring some friends, and have some fun!

That's all this week, we're pounding out tracks for the new songs coming…

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

AOL friendly web links: Five Smooth Stones Official Website: Five Smooth Stones Lift Me Dance Video Event: Lift Me Life From Dust 1000 Downloads: 1000 Downloads Five Smooth Stones on Facebook: IndieHeaven Five Smooth Stones on YouTube: YouTube Five Smooth Stones on Twitter: Twitter Fan Faves at IndieHeaven: FanFaves eMail Us: eMail

Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - Short.Sweet.

Hey, friends!

Lift Me is #1 on the FanFaves Rock Chart & holding at #3 overall with 3 days left. Please rate it for us at: FanFaves. You can rate it once per day. Thanks!

We're coming to the end of Five Smooth Stones' 1000 Album Downloads summer. Tell all your friends to click over and get their copy of Life From Dust and tell their friends. Thanks, again!

We are playing two shows not this weekend but the next, Sept 24 (Friday) at North Glen Coffee House (508 W Furnace Branch Rd, Glen Burnie, MD) and Sept 26 (Sunday) at 4th Street Cafe (360 Locust Street, Columbia PA). These events are at 7pm and 6:30pm, respectively. Come on out and have some fun! Thanks again, again!

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

AOL friendly web links: Five Smooth Stones Official Website: Five Smooth Stones Lift Me Dance Video Event: Lift Me Life From Dust 1000 Downloads: 1000 Downloads Five Smooth Stones on Facebook: IndieHeaven Five Smooth Stones on YouTube: YouTube Five Smooth Stones on Twitter: Twitter Fan Faves at IndieHeaven: FanFaves eMail Us: eMail

Five Smooth Stones Weekly Update - Did You Miss Us

Hey, friends!

You probably are wondering what happened to us! Did we get so caught up in International Ukelele Day that we moved to the islands? No, that's not the case (but we'd love an all-expense paid trip to rock state #50 - hint).

What we have been doing is working on the songs for the next Five Smooth Stones album, which we plan to be recording by the end of the Fall. Do you like the Rock Music? If you said (or thought), "Yes, I do like the Rock Music", then we are confident you will like this next album. It is going to be Rock. Music.

Speaking of music, there's a couple weeks left of our 1000 Album Downloads summer. And it seems that some folks may have thought summer ended over Labor Day weekend, cause the downloads kinda slowed down, if you know what we mean. We could use good little kick to hit the 1000 by Sept 23 (The official transition from Summer to Fall, AKA Fall Equinox). So please tell all your friends (again if necessary), and help us hit that mark. We'd hate to have to delay the onset of Autumn…

Meanwhile, our song Lift Me is #1 on the FanFaves Rock Chart & #3 overall as of Saturday the 11th. Please rate it for us at: FanFaves. You can rate it once per day. Thanks!

Oh, last thing. Two Five Smooth Stones shows coming up fast, Sept 24 (Friday) at North Glen Coffee House (508 W Furnace Branch Rd, Glen Burnie, MD) and Sept 26 (Sunday) at 4th Street Cafe (360 Locust Street, Columbia PA). These events are at 7pm and 6:30pm, respectively. Come on out and have some fun!

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

AOL friendly web links: Five Smooth Stones Official Website: Five Smooth Stones Lift Me Dance Video Event: Lift Me Life From Dust 1000 Downloads: 1000 Downloads Five Smooth Stones on Facebook: IndieHeaven Five Smooth Stones on YouTube: YouTube Five Smooth Stones on Twitter: Twitter Fan Faves at IndieHeaven: FanFaves eMail Us: eMail

90's Music, Gig, Free Music

Hey, friends!

We've got Colvin back from the beach, and work continues writing and refining new music. We're pretty excited about the way things are shaping up so far, and we're planning to play some new music at some of our fall shows. We hope you'll come out and hear it!

We're looking forward to singing some of the songs from our Life From Dust album with you guys on the road. If you haven't already, download the album for FREE and learn the words! We're gonna need your singing and shouting voices to help us out. Download the album here: http://1000.smoothstones.net, and be a pal, tell your friends!

Gig Alert: Next Friday. Hagerstown MD. The Attic Coffeehouse, 7PM. 13153 Cearfoss Pike (upstairs rear). No Cover. Free Coffee.

This weeks recommendation for some good 90's music is the album "August and Everything After" by the Counting Crows. It's a classic album featuring some great song writing and poetic lyrics. It holds a a lot of memories for Colvin. Check it out.

Andrew, Colvin & Tom Franklin, Kathryn Clarke Five Smooth Stones Gospel Rock Music

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