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All The Time In The World

Secret Monkey Weekend

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The debut album! Produced by Don Dixon, 11 original songs written by Lila, Ella & Papa Jefferson.

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Our first magazine profile, in the March Walter Magazine.

Article by David Menconi. Photos by Taylor McDonald

"The heart-warming story behind Jefferson Hart & Secret Monkey Weekend -- a very unlikely happy ending."

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MARCH 18 - Friday - CD Release Party at CAT'S CRADLE BACK ROOM  w/DON DIXON, JEFFREY DEAN FOSTER.  7pm door. Show 8pm  

MARCH 25 - Friday - BLIND TIGER  in Greensboro, opening for SO. CULTURE ON THE SKIDS. Doors 7pm, show 8pm. 

APRIL 9 - Saturday - MOMMA PARTY -Mebane (private)  7:30pm

APRIL  16 - Saturday - SCHOOLKIDS RECORDS, Raleigh. 8pm. 

APRIL 22 - Friday - THE SENATE, Columbia SC, opening for THE CONNELLS. 8pm 

MAY 6 - Friday  -  SHAKORI HILLS  Grassroots Festival. 2pm

MAY 17 - CANCELLED - GAS HILL DRINKING ROOM, Winston-Salem NC - w/ FIVE TON FACES. 8PM.

MAY 22 - Sunday - DOODAD FARM, Greensboro - NC Legends benefit. Show @ 2pm. SMW at 5:30pm. 

MAY 28 -  Saturday - FISHING CREEK REUNION (private party).  

JUNE 10 - Friday -  CAMP NORTHEND - Charlotte - opening for IT'S SNAKES.  6pm.  

JUNE 18 - Saturday - CAT'S CRADLE BACK ROOM - Carrboro - SMW, IT'S SNAKES and JPHONO1. Doors 7pm, show 8pm. 

JULY 1 - Friday - CAT'S CRADLE  - Rolling Stones Tribute for Ukraine Relief- 8PM

JULY 2 - Saturday - FESTIVAL FOR THE ENO RIVER - 11AM River Stage.

JULY 23 - Saturday - TIPSY BURRO - Charlotte - 2 SMW sets - 8pm. 

AUGUST 6 - Saturday - BERKELEY CAFE - Raleigh - 8PM.  w. special guests THE TATERS (Richmond VA)

SEPTEMBER 24 - Saturday - CAROLINA INDIE FEST - Sanford NC - Time TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All The Time In The World

Secret Monkey Weekend

Produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M. - The Smithereens, et.al.) Recorded at The Fidelitorium in Kernersville NC. 11 original songs written by Lila, Ella and Papa Jefferson.
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"Secret Monkey Weekend is made up of three distinct characters.  When I first met Lila, she was so shy she could barely look at me but even then she had a confidence behind her drum kit that contradicted this apparent shyness. On the other hand, Ella was look-you-in-the-eye confident from the first time I met her and she has pushed herself to learn everything she can about music.  I had known Jefferson for decades but not well. I wasn’t prepared for his tremendous talent as a writer, player and singer nor his quiet, positive, egalitarian approach to creating this band. 

These three individuals have combined to make a collective something I love.  A family band.  A band that has grown literally and figuratively in front of my eyes over the past few years.  And now they’ve got all these great songs and they’ve let me help them make a wonderful album." - Don Dixon

"Jeff’s guitar and songwriting skill made starting a group with his adopted daughters Ella and Lila Brown a natural—he’s been a driving force in Americana music in North Carolina since the 1980s.  Live, they cut a confident profile, locked together musically like a jigsaw puzzle. They’ve played every gig they can, from school carnivals in North Carolina to pubs in England. Along the way, they’ve written some very cool tunes. Secret Monkey Weekend songs are smart, simple and summery, with great grooves like “Honey Num” that feel cozy and familiar, or maybe a tune like “Maybelle” that moves your feet before you know it. Make no mistake: this is a BAND record. In seven years together, SMW’s focus has been to become ready to record an album, and so they’ve become tight, intense and proficient, and have created All the Time in the World, the solid and sterling debut album by Secret Monkey Weekend." - Peter Holsapple - the dB’s, Continental Drifters

"The best rock and roll is made by kids. Elvis was 18 when he recorded “That’s All Right”. Paul McCartney was 16 when he wrote “Love Me Do”.  Tommy Stinson was 14 at the time of The Replacements’ debut. There is something to be said about the innocence and idealism we all had at that age and Secret Monkey Weekend have captured that spirit, harnessed and put it all on tape, with the help of legendary producer and musician Don Dixon. 

I never thought I would hear a band that sounded like a teenage girl fronting NRBQ but this is it and wow did I need this in my life! Fascist Blood Baby, Honey Num, and Greater Mind To Walk Away are all songs that I hold close and I have a feeling you will too. It’s that good! Rock and Roll made by teenagers (and Jefferson) for the world is as beautiful as you can imagine. Like ABBA once sang Thank You For The Music." - Jonathan Scott - The Doleful Lions

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