Artist vs. Poet

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Artist vs. Poet
Origin Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Genres Power pop, pop punk
Years active 2007–present
Labels Fearless Records(2008-2011)
Website Official Myspace
Members Joe Kirkland
Jason Dean
Dylan Stevens
Past members Craig Calloway
Cale Kanack
Jeff Olsen
Patrick Rigden
Tarcy Thomason
Joe Westbrook

Artist vs. Poet is a power pop/pop punk band from Fort Worth, Texas formed in late 2007 by Jason Dean, Craig Colloway, Jeff Olsen, Patrick Rigden, Joe Kirkland, Joe Westbrook, and Tarcy Thomason. After many changes in the band, Artist vs Poet is made up of Joe Kirkland (on lead vocals and guitar) and Jason Dean (bass and drums). Kirkland was also a contestant in the third season of the American NBC reality show The Voice.


After the demise of his previous band, Enter the Collector,[1] Vocalist Tarcy Thomason advertised on about starting an acoustic project in the Fall of 2007. Guitarist/vocalist Craig Calloway was the first to respond. They wrote music and quickly converted the project into a full band. Drummer Joe Westbrook (also formerly of Enter the Collector) joined the band. Also added were bassist Jason Dean and finally guitarist/vocalist Joe Kirkland.

In 2008 they were signed by Fearless Records (Mayday Parade, The Maine, Sparks The Rescue). Artist vs. Poet released their debut, self-titled EP in November 2008, recorded by producer Mike Green, who has worked with Paramore, The Higher, and Danger Radio.[2] Their songs have been on MTV's The Real World and Parental Control.[3] Alternative Press has called them "one of the 100 bands you need to know" in both 2009 and 2010.[4] It was announced that Craig Calloway is leaving the band on a live ustream chat on September 23, 2010.

The band has traveled across the country supporting their album and were a part of the Atticus Walk the Plank Tour with A Change of Pace and The Classic Crime. They have also toured with My American Heart, The Graduate, Danger Radio, Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina, Go Radio, The Maine, We the Kings, as well as being on the Guys Guys Guys Tour with Sing It Loud, The Summer Set, The Morning Light, and The Friday Night Boys. AVP played all summer on the Vans Warped Tour 2010 and toured fall 2010 on the Fearless Friends Tour.

They released their second EP Damn Rough Night while on tour with Forever the Sickest Kids in 2009. Their first full-length album Favorite Fix was released on Fearless Records in March 2010.[5][6] Favorite Fix reached No. 17 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[7]

Artist vs. Poet covered Lady Gaga's song, "Bad Romance", for the album Punk Goes Pop 3.

Early summer of 2011, Artist vs. Poet announced via a YouTube announcement video that Tarcy Thomason (lead vocals) and Joe Westbrook (drums) are leaving the band. Tarcy wishes to spend more time with his wife and child; Joe is pursuing further schooling. Craig Calloway (lead guitar) had already left the band earlier, so only Jason Dean (bass) and Joe Kirkland (rhythm guitar) were left. Despite the shocking revelation, Jason and Joe felt they were an important enough part of AVP to keep the band alive. New lead vocals/rhythm guitar will be Joe (who already has a solo project called The Follow Through), and a new lead guitarist/backing vocals was added named Dylan Stevens. He met with the band through a friend of theirs. Even with the new lineup, Artist vs. Poet is continuing to write songs, and they just released two new albums, including the Christmas album, Naughty or Nice, and an acoustic album Remember This.

They more recently posted on the band's tumblr a voting poll for fans to vote which song the band should cover. Artist vs. Poet is going to record/release the winning song. As a result, the band covered Jason Derülo's "Ridin' Solo", Taylor Swift's "Mean", Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe".

On December 7, 2011, it was announced by Fearless Records that Artist vs. Poet were no longer signed to the label. The band released a statement about it on their tumblr account.[8]

The band released a Christmas EP in 2011 entitled Naughty or Nice with no label support. It recently moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the world of music, there they have started to write new music to be released in the coming year.

They released an acoustic album entitled "Remember This on April 25, 2012. It contains eight original songs, including the song "Leavin' In the Morning" featuring Mat Musto as Blackbear.

They released a full-band album entitled Keep Your Secrets on January 8,2013. It also features eight original tracks.

On April 26, the band re-released their acoustic album, entitled Remember This (Anniversary Edition), which feature all of the tracks on that album in full-band arrangement, as well as two new tracks entitled "The Remedy" and "Whiskey > Problems."

On September 21, 2013, the band released the "Sleep EP"; a mix of old songs re-imagined and new material.

On March 3, 2014 they released the album "Sake of Love", of all new songs.

On December 8, 2014 the band announced the release date of their new album, Medicine. It is said to be released on December 16, 2014. They have already released several tracks from it via Soundcloud, including "Medicine", "Sincerely Me", "Break Away", And "Kids Again". They have also currently rleased a demo clip for their new song "Unbreakable".[9]

Band members[edit]

  • Craig Calloway – Lead guitar, backing vocals (2007–2010)
  • Jeff Olsen – Lead guitar (2007)
  • Patrick Rigden – Lead guitar (2007)
  • Tarcy Thomason – Lead vocals (2007–2011)
  • Joe Westbrook – Drums, percussion (2007–2011)

Joe Kirkland[edit]

Joe Kirkland, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band announced in 2012 that he would be a contestant on the third season of the NBC series The Voice. In the opening show on September 10, 2012, he sang "Gives You Hell" from The All-American Rejects with two of the judges, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, hitting the "I Want You" button, and Kirkland opting to continue in the competition as part of Team Adam. In the battle rounds Kirkland beat Samuel Mouton and moved on to the knockout rounds, where he lost to Bryan Keith on October 29, 2012.


Studio albums

Extended plays

  • 2007: Alive Once Again
  • 2008: Artist Vs. Poet
  • 2009: Damn Rough Night
  • 2011: Naughty Or Nice
  • 2013: Sleep


  1. ^ mtvU's Best Music on Campus – Enter the Collector. (June 16, 2007). Retrieved on August 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Welcome to Fearless Records. Retrieved on August 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Artist Vs Poet’s new album Favorite Fix. Hollywood Music Magazine (March 2, 2010). Retrieved on August 30, 2011.
  4. ^ Alternative Press | Magazine | No. 261.2 – 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2010. (April 1, 2010). Retrieved on August 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Review of Favorite Fix, Dallas Observer.
  6. ^ Track-By-Track Review. Alternative Press, March 2, 2010.
  7. ^ Charts, Allmusic
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