SMALL TOWN ROMANCE
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…
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.
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.
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.