in city & country
ON MAY 4, 2018



"a euphoric burst of folk rock" - Atwood Magazine

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 9, 2018 - When they first met, Graydon James and Laura Spink had no idea that they would be married one day — much less touring the world together as The Young Novelists. For their new album, in city & country, the Toronto-based band decided to travel out of the city and in to small-town Ontario in order to connect the two places. After years of firsthand experience combined with historical research, James and Spink wrote over 30 songs inspired by a dozen Canadian towns. From that set, in city & country was born — a collection of ten songs that tell the universal stories of both parallels while highlighting the differences, similarities, and everything in-between. Set for a May 4, 2018 release, the new album features lead single Come Round Again - an upbeat, energy-packed track written about a Bonnie & Clyde-style heist in Halton Hills. The new song premiered yesterday on Atwood Magazine and is available everywhere digitally today -

The Young Novelists recorded in city & country with the help of JUNO-winning producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, The Wooden Sky). Recorded at Bilerman’s Hotel2Tango studios in Montreal, the duo returns with their classic him-and-her vocals, with James playing acoustic guitar and Spink on percussion and vibraphone. For the album’s fullness, they enlisted the help of bassist Derrick Brady, drummer Rory Calexico, and guitarist John Law.

“It was a new experience – being away from home and recording,” Spink says, adding, “It was magical to be in a beautiful, new (to us) city, spending our time and creative energy in a great studio, working with fun and fantastic people who were equal parts talented and devoted to the project.”

in city & country Tracklisting

1. two of a kind
2. back to the hard times
3. don’t wait
4. i moved on
5. come round again
6. city & country
7. now’s the time
8. all alone
9. living without a sound
10. it gets a little lonely

Album cover art designed by Roberta Landreth: DOWNLOAD

Promo Photo: DOWNLOAD (Photo Credit: Jen Squires )

Upcoming North American Tour Dates
February 14 - 18 - Kansas City, MO - Folk Alliance
March 15 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
March 20 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
March 24 - Oxford, NY - 6 On The Square
April 7 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Lights Folk Club
April 8 - Rimbey, AB*
April 10 - Evansburg, AB*
April 11 - Jasper, AB*
April 12 - Hinton, AB*
April 13 - Valleyview, AB*
April 14 - Fairview, AB*
April 15 - Dawson Creek, BC*
April 16 - Cotillion, AB*
April 17 - Wembley, AB *
April 18 - Sangudo, AB*
April 19 - Edmonton, AB*
May 17 - Campbellford, ON - Westben Clock Tower
May 18 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre (4th Stage)
*Home Routes House Concert 

What's The Story About The Young Novelists?  
The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. Since the band’s inception in 2009, they have played stages across the U.S. and Canada, released three full-length albums, won numerous awards and continuous praise for their unmatched, effortless harmonies. Their last record made us strangers landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, and reached top 20 on both !earshot and Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) folk charts. With a sound that has been compared to everyone from The Band to ‘pre-weirdness’ Wilco, the band’s personal mission is to create sad songs for happy people — whether that means a nostalgic ballad or an upbeat anthem, The Young Novelists’ ability to tell familiar stories with a modern folk edge make them, and their songs, instant classics.