James Kee leaving Newtown

We’ve received a couple of missives from NewTown regarding a personnel change within the band.

NewtownOver the past 5 years NewTown has been fortunate enough to travel the country experiencing some of the finest musical events in the country. Together we have shared some of our life’s most memorable moments on stage and on the road.

That is why it is difficult to announce the departure of not only an integral part of our musical group but a friend as well. James Kee has chosen to take some time off the road, and pursue personal endeavors.

We are thankful for the time we spent with James as he was a crucial element in the creation of our sound—he will be sorely missed. The band is moving on, and we are looking forward to our next project for which we are now rehearsing.

We are currently holding auditions and will make another announcement as soon as the position is filled. We would like to formally thank James, and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.

James also wanted to share a few words of appreciation for his bandmates.

“For nearly the past 5 years, Kati Penn-Williams and the members of Newtown have given me the honor of being a member of their group. I have been very privileged to travel many miles, play some great venues, meet so many great fans and make music with a really talented and fantastic bunch of musicians. I am very proud of the group’s latest self-titled CD, and during my tenure here, they have helped me to accomplish and grow as a musician in a way I never would have thought possible.

Although it was not an easy choice, I have made the decision to leave Newtown at the end of 2012 to move on to different endeavors. Although I never intend to stop playing, I look forward to some time off the road in 2013 and intend to focus more of my time on my landscaping business, which I have steadily built over the last several years in my hometown of Chattanooga, TN.

Newtown has become a second family to me over the years, and I can’t express enough how much I appreciate their continued support for me. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity they have given me, and I wish them the best of luck and feel confident they will experience great success in the future.”

The band is accepting queries about auditions by email.

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