Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

We’ll be sharing a bit of Christmas cheer this weekend at the final Route 60 Saturday Night show of the season. For our usual house band duties for the evening, we’re adding several seasonal tunes to the mix, like this classic that over the past 75 years has been among the most performed Christmas songs of all times. Remember, it’s Route 60 Saturday Night, THIS Saturday night, Dec. 15, at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton Street, in Barboursville. Our featured performers this month are Debbie Grimm and Alan Brown. And we’ll have a special treat: songwriters Rob McNurlin and Paul Callicoat will be on hand to share a couple of original tunes. It’s going to a memorable evening. Admission is $5 and this month all proceeds go to help the good work of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Come on out and get your jingle on!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Can You Run?

It’s going to be an especially good Route 60 Saturday Night later the month, because as part of our house band duties for the Dec. 15 show, we’re going to have songs featuring lead vocals by Michelle, by Randy and by Paul, all of which we were rehearsing at last night’s practice session. On this week’s podcast, the three of them bring their voices together on Randy’s featured number, a tune, incidentally, that we expect to put on our new CD when we start working on it in a few months. Here’s the great Chris Stapleton’s “Can You Run?”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Peggy Day

For us, some songs seem to exist just so we can tell each other how much we’re enjoying our evening together.  This little bit of Bob Dylan gold — a tiny tune that for more than a decade we’ve used as a warmup number or sometimes as the last song of the night — is like that for us. It’s just a big old musical grin. Here’s the 2018 edition of “Peggy Day.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Honeysuckle Rose

Sometimes a song is like a sweet little good-night kiss at the end of a great evening. For us, that tune is often Michelle’s version of the Fats Waller classic, “Honeysuckle Rose.” Here’s a short and sweet rendition at the end of rehearsal one night not long ago, with Randy’s rocking bass and an especially tasty solo by Doug.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Spoon River

We gearing up for this weekend’s November edition of Route 60 Saturday Night and since by then our favorite family holiday, Thanksgiving, will be just days away, we’re getting all nostalgic. And we figure you will be too, so we’re packing our house band set for the big show to be a real sentimental journey, about memories and homecomings. For instance, here’s a lovely homecoming tune we have on tap for Saturday night, “Spoon River” by the great songwriter Michael Peter Smith. Remember, it’s Route 60 Saturday Night, this Saturday night, at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St. in Barboursville. This month’s guest artists are singer-songwriter Kate Long and the new duo Siamese Cycle. The 90-minute show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and this month, all proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington. Come on out for good times for a good cause!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Solid Gone

One of the first tunes The Flood ever played – we’re talking the early 1970s, here – was “Solid Gone,” also called “Cannonball Blues.” Dave Peyton learned it from old Carter Family records. Charlie Bowen learned it from a 1960s Tom Rush recording. Roger Samples learned it from, well, Dave and Charlie. Over the years, the song has popped up on Flood recordings in all of our four decades together. Five years ago, it was included on the band’s fifth CD, the one we called “Cleanup & Recovery.” And even more recently, the latest rendition of the song is on the set list for the numbers The Flood intends to perform at the next “Route 60 Saturday Night” later this month. Here’s “Solid Gone” from a recent rehearsal.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Morning Has Broken

Michelle and Charlie were honored to be asked to play a few tunes last weekend at the funeral services for Vernon Peyton, the older brother of Floodster Emeritus David Peyton. Vernon was old friend of The Flood — in fact, a couple of years ago, we played at his 91st birthday party; a few years before that, we also played at the memorial service for Lillian, Vernon’s wife of 70 years, so these roots run deep. For last Saturday’s services, Vernon’s daughter, Karol, asked Michelle to sing a favorite song, “Morning Has Broken,” a hymn that she revisited at last night’s regular Flood rehearsal. Incidentally, as you listen to this, you’ll here some lovely harmony being sung by Kate Long, who was visiting us all last night. Kate, who’s a great singer-songwriter in her own right, will be the featured guest at the next Route 60 Saturday Night show Nov. 17, and we’re working up some arrangements so that The Flood can accompany her that night on a couple of her beautiful compositions. More on that in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, Vernon, this one’s for you, old friend.