Listen: An Early Valentine

Minor Poet releases cover of 1950s' pop hit with RVA roots.


Andrew Carter of Minor Poet.
  • Andrew Carter of Minor Poet.

A new band in Richmond, Minor Poet, has released a cover of a pop hit from the 1950s that has local connections.

The song they are debuting here today is a cover of "Little Things Mean A Lot," a pop hit from 1953 that was written by two contributors to the Richmond Times Dispatch and WRVA. The song was written by Edith Linderman, film and theatre contributor for the RTD, while the music was composed by Carl Stutz, a deejay for WRVA at the time.

Check out the original:

Minor Poet is the Beach Boys-inspired project of Andrew Carter of the Mad Extras and the group also involves bassist Noma Ilmensee (Lucy Dacus and Manatree).

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the story behind the cover has its roots in romance.

"I had this ongoing project where I record songs as gifts to my girlfriend," Carter says. "She's a huge fan of songs from the '50s. So I thought this would be a great Valentine's Day love song gift. After I started recording it, I realized there was this huge history in Richmond."

Carter says that Minor Poet will have a full-length of originals available this summer.

For now, listen to their cover of this RVA classic:

Minor Poet is performing on March 9 at Strange Matter opening for Tim Darcy.

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