Second Hand Poets

Second Hand Poets


Second Hand Poets is a rock band that concocts a unique musical cocktail. One part off kilter, quirky lyrics, one part country swing, a dose of punk blended with the occasional rockabilly guitar riff & vocal twang. Toss in a sprinkle of blues and serve over a highly energetic, pulsing live show.


Second Hand Poets is a Chicago rock band that concocts a unique and twisted musical cocktail. One part off kilter, demented and quirky lyrics, one part country swing, a dose of punk blended thoroughly with the occasional washboard percussion, rockabilly guitar riff & vocal twang. Toss in a sprinkle of New Orleans jazz and blues and serve over a highly energetic pulsing live show.

Veterans of the Chicago music scene, the Poets have performed at many local Chicago venues including Schubas, Martyrs, Double Door, the Abbey Pub, the Hideout, and numerous others. On tour, the Poets have played in over 15 states and over 20 venues including Austin, TX (Vicci) Nashville, TN (Sutler) Atlanta, GA (Lenny’s) & Augusta, GA (Still Water), Indianapolis, IN (Birdy’s, Melody Inn, Locals Only), St. Louis, MO (Frederick’s), Detroit, MI (New Dodge), Minneapolis, MN (Nomad), Charlotte, NC (UNC), Louisville, KY (Hard Rock), Madison, WI (High Noon), Harrisbug, PA (Marysville Tavern), Gainesville, FL (Purple Porpoise), Des Moines, IA (Keysters) & Iowa City, IA (Yacht Club & The Mill).

The Poets have also been featured performers at music festivals around the country including the 2006 Quadruple Bypass Heart of Texas Music Festival in Austin, TX; the 2005 Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA; the 2005 Motor City Music Conference in Detroit, MI; the 2005 Six Flags Music Festival & Conference in Louisville, KY; the 2005 Music Law Conference in Gainesville, FL; the 2004 MECA Conference in Chicago, and the 2004 Rock ‘n’ Ride Festival in Louisville, KY.

The band has released 2 full length independent albums, “Virginia City Lounge” (2004), and “Afternoon in Aberdeen” (2000), and have been featured on two Shut-Eye Records compilation discs, “This Is Alt-Country Vol. 1” (2003) and “A Low-Watt Document” (2001).

Their music is played nationally on XM Satellite Radio’s Unsigned Channel and on over 20 radio stations in 10 different states across the country including, 93.1 WXRT’s “Local Anesthetic” (Chicago), 88.7 WLUW (Chicago), 98.1 WKZE (Sharon, CT) & 107.7 WFCS “Dark Side of the Highway” (New Britain, CT), 970AM WHA (Madison, WI), 90.9 KRCL (Salt Lake City, UT), 90.1 KZSU (Stanford, CA), 100.3 WEBG (Orlando, FL), 90.3 KBUT (Crested Butte, CO), 97.9 WNCI (Columbus, OH). Their music is also streamed over various internet radio sources including Roots Rock Radio (, Radio Crystal Blue (, Northern Illinois University Radio (, Spider Bite Radio (, Purevolume, and MySpace. The Poets’ music has even reached the European airwaves in Belgium, Germany on the Roots Revival Radio Show, Radio Alt. Bree.

Their TV & film credits include PBS’ Road Trip Nation, & Columbia College Television (Chicago). Their song “Last Night in Georgia” appeared in the independent movie “Desert Cemetery” by Flashdog Productions.

The Poets have received rave reviews from critics across the country including Richard Milne (WXRT 93.1 – Chicago, IL) Paul Zimmerman (First Coast News – Jacksonville, FL), Laura Hamlett (Playback: stl – St. Louis), Barry Fox (The Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA), Tom Lounges (Midwest Beat Magazine), Dean Ramos (Illinois Entertainer), Shut-Eye Records, & Andrea Rizzo (Digital City Chicago).

Looking to the future, the band hopes to continue touring the country promoting their second independent release “Virginia City Lounge” (2004) and recording their third album sometime within the next year.

More information can be found on the web at


Independent Releases:
“Virginia City Lounge” (2004)
“Afternoon in Aberdeen” (2000)

Shut-Eye Records Coimpilations:
“This Is Alt-Country Vol. 1” (2003)
“A Low-Watt Document” (2001)

The band receives airplay on the following stations:

XM Satellite Radio “Unsigned Channel”
93.1 WXRT “Local Anesthetic” - Chicago, IL
88.7 WLUW - Chicago, IL
90.1 WEFT - Champaign, IL
89.7 KMSU Minnesota State University - Mankato, MN
88.5 WUSM University of Southern Mississippi - Hattiesburg, MS
CW Junction: Michigan Grapevine Opry 104.7 WKJC
Off The Beat-n-Track 98.1 WKZE - Sharon, CT
88.5 WUSM – South Mississippi
970AM WHA - Madison, WI
90.9 KRCL - Salt Lake City, Utah
“Dark Side Of The Highway” 107.7 WFCS - New Britain, CT
90.1 KZSU - Stanford, CA
91.1 WREK – Atlanta, GA
100.3 WEBG “Big 100.3” – Orlando, FL
90.3 KBUT - Crested Butte, CO
97.9 WNCI – Columbus, OH
89.5 WPKN – Bridgeport, CT
Northern Illinois University Radio (
OSH Radio (
Roots Revival Radio Show, Radio Alt. Bree – Belgium, Germany
Friday Flip Internet Radio Show (
Roots Rock Radio (
Radio Crystal Blue (

The following songs are streamed from our website (

1. Dirty Lies, Filthy Schemes
2. A Lonely Valentine
3. College Radio Superstar

Set List

Second Hand Poets performs all original songs. Below is a typical 45 minute set list, however the Poets song book boasts over 40 original songs and the band is capable of playing a 4 hour show.

1. Cry You Might
2. Whatever Happened To Sue?
3. Dirty Lies, Filthy Schemes
4. 3/4
5. Buttercup
6. 26 Days
7. Something In Your Eyes
8. Mississippi Hard Luck Blues
9. A Lonely Valentine
10. When Everybody Loves Me (I'll Be Scared)
11. College Radio Superstar