the letting down vol.1

is recorded in the tradition of the early Bob Dylan columbia recordings, the 13 songs appearing on this first volume of the letting down, were taped within 3 hours, into 3 microphones, on a cold day in february 2013 at good rumble studio in copenhagen. 9 of these tracks remained as one takes, without any editing done to them. electric guitar was added to 3 of the songs and a harp and hand percussion overdub completed 1 song.
a 1950`s Gibson Lg1 and a Republic 1930 ́s style resonator steel guitar, both acoustic guitars of choice by so many country blues artists of the 20`s and 30`s, were the instruments used on this recording date.
this record is the introduction of the artist F.W.Smolls, with no to very little distraction. the ears of the listener are getting very close to where these songs come from, the hands and mouth of the musician and songwriter.

the opening track “knock and get more” is presenting a possible solution to a commonphenomenonofourcarrierdrivenwesternsociety. “thelazycarrier drive-, the just wanting-, the not putting yourself in-problem.”

“Ah, det lyder faneme godt! Jeg må sige at jeg er imponeret, osse af din live performance. Der er ikke noget hobby/amatør over det, det er tydeligvis seriøst. Guitarspillet er i orden, du synger skidegodt og har en sikker fornemmelse for det nogen kalder americana. Bliv ved med at skrive sange!”

-mads hyhne, jazz musician about the song knock and get more (the letting down vol.1)

“Der er en god stemning – også i teksten. Du har jo altid et meget stille, intimt univers, når du spiller guitar og synger, synes jeg – denne sang har bragt dig et skridt længere ind i dit sangskrivningsunivers. jeg synes at det er en god og stemningsfuld sang med lige tilpas nok mystik til at holde en fanget.”

-paul banks, musician about the song knock and get more (the letting down vol.1)


to listen please follow this link

album coming up

the upcoming recording project in 2014

 f.w.smolls the letting down vol.2 

is to be recorded, produced and released by the danish producer/sound engineer/musician Anders Christophersen, founding member of the danish band Balstyrko.  This album will contain of 13 americana sounding compositions.

listening intensively to very early country blues, work songs, sacred  ballads, gospel, bluegrass and other northern american art and song forms, may explain the sound and texture of these F.W.Smolls compositions.

fascinated by the honest and very direct expression of early american folk music, F.W.Smolls could not resist the urge to write another sad love song, but this time in the key of major, with an upbeat waltz feel to it. like the song “in the way”, an ode to seasickness, trains and sex.

inspired by the real life experience quality lyrics of early american folk songs, F.W. was wondering if he could dedicate a song to his dedicated and beloved grandmother Else Klein? you might as well call her Mrs.F.W.Smolls. well, listen to the song “ born in nineteen thirteen” and answer that question yourself.



real life experience also characterizes the line up of musicians, which F.W.Smolls choose for a band on this upcoming record.


R. W. Biggs  on guitar, vocals, guidance     Born the 17th of March 1950 in New York City.

Martin Tomlinson  on guitar, vocals, jokes       Born in England 1949,


Fritz Klein  on  bass, vocals, love

In Germany 1950 Fritz was born as a son to Friedrich Wilhelm Klein and Else Klein, in 1979 he became the father of Matthias Arbo Klein. it might be confusing to some, but he is the son and the father of F.W.Smolls. being a very experienced and capable singer and bass player and seemingly fitting the age that F.W. requires of his musicians, Fritz is the perfect fit.

these three men were chosen because of their experience, because of their age. they have been around during the first folk revival of the 1960`s. they have seen some of the greats of americana, they have always listened to americana, they have always played americana.

they are just a bit more americana then F.W.Smolls and some, if not all of the younger musicians, that are playing old and composing new material, and therewith making the second folk revival happening right now. one might say, that they are first folk revival veterans. Smolls says, that they are fun to be around and fun to play with.

the recording process will be filmed by Anders Graver, and with time and grands falling into its place, turned into a documentary. F.W. is sure that a lot of people might be interested to see how you make a record with your dad and two other 64 year old men.


“America i hear you singing” is the core-, the heart-song of this second letting down volume. it is a father telling his story to his daughter, explaining while understanding himself, what had happened to him and to her family.

please follow this link to see the music video to this song directed by Anders Graver


america i hear you singing   /  f.w.smolls, september 27th 2013


america i hear you singing

but it`s no song of mine

it is a gospel church bell ringing

telling me the time


it is a sad and mellow sound

that creeps into my ears

i know where i am bound

it`s been a haunting me for years


i start to travel back in time

to the days i´d spend in schools

i see myself walk down a line

my teachers marked with rules


my parents taught me how to follow

so i walked it straight and proud

that was before the sorrow

the times before the doubt


now i know what was to come

but i am sure it`s news to some


well i tried to reach the goals they`d set

i ran a solid mile

i saw my father jump his seat

i made my mother smile


i was a child when i met ann

and i made her mine

i bought that house on main street ten

a cell to do my time

she kept it clean i´d cut the loan

my paycheck would disappeared

to that big old house we called our home

each mortgage due  i feared


soon i became your father

and before the year was out

i became the father of your baby brother

and that made my parents proud


now i know what was to come

but i am sure it`s news to some


with a family of four and your mum wanting more

i felt the need to stop

she twenty one, i twenty four

we`d grow apart growing up


we`d never screamed  we`d never fight

we`d labour side by side

but when you were asleep we would not talk

we would stay on our own bed side


i loved my girl, my boy my wife

yes i did

not knowing what was missing

i went in search and lid


a match to the lie i tried to live

to the hope of something higher

the line i walked came to an end

soon everything caught fire


now i know what is to come

but i am sure it`s news to som


now i know what is to come

but i am sure it`s news to some


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