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King Tuff

King Tuff at The Pinhook in Durham

There are times in our life when we feel magic in the air.When new love arrives, or we findourselves lost in a moment of creation with others who share our vision. A sense that: this iswho I want to be. This is what I want to share.It’s a fleeting feeling and one that Kyle Thomas, the singer-songwriter who records andperforms as King Tuff, found himself longing for in the spring of 2020.But knowing he couldn’t simply recreate this time in his life at will, Thomas—who hails fromBrattleboro, Vermont—set out to write a love letter to those cherished moments of inspirationand to the small town that formed him. The one where he first nurtured his songwritingimpulses, bouncing ideas off other like-minded artists. The kind of place where the changing ofthe seasons always delivered a sense of perspective and fresh artistic inspiration. Where he felta deeper connection with nature and sense of community that had once been so close at hand.“I wanted to make an album to remind myselfthat life is magical,” he reflects.And so, Thomas seized upon his memories, creating what he calls “an album about love andnature and youth.”The result isSmalltown Stardust, a spiritual, tender and ultimately joyous record that mightcome as a shock to those with only a passing knowledge of the artist’s back catalog. OnSmalltown Stardust, Thomas takes us on his journey to a place where past and present collide,where he can be a dreamer in love with all that he sees. Images of his youth abound: fromRoute 91 which runs through his hometown (in “Smalltown Stardust”); to Redtooth, a spectrewho used to roam the streets (“Bandits Of Blue Sky”); to old friends, old haunts and old dreams(“Always Find Me”); to Vermont’s Rock River, which gave its name toa song of a torch stillburning for past love: “Those days are gone and we can’t rewind/ Cuz people grow and placeschange/ But my love for you will never fade

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March 19, 2023

8:00PM - 11:00PM


The Pinhook - 117 W Main St., Durham, NC, 27701 117 W Main St. Durham 27701 NC US

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