Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Four Songs from the Taylor Books Gig!

What an excellent evening we had last weekend at Taylor Books in Charleston. Hands down, it’s one of our all-time favorite venues. Every time we play there, we find a fun, warm crowd, so supportive, which encouraged us this time to roll out two hours worth of all-new songs. So, for this week’s podcast we’ll do a little something different. Here’s a mini-concert: four songs from last weekend’s sweet gig. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Come Raise a Ruckus with Us in Charleston!

The Family Flood is excited about rolling into downtown Charleston this Saturday night. Starting at 7:30, we’ll be playing at Taylor Books at 226 Capitol Street, raising a ruckus. In fact, we’ve even got a tune about that—this old folk song that our band manager, Pamela Bowen, recommended to us earlier this year — all about the ruckus to be raised.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I Almost Lost My Mind

One of the joys of this summer has been working up a Flood version of a great old Ivory Joe Hunter song. For years, we’ve wanted to do this 1950 mega-hit, “I Almost Lost My Mind,” but it took this summer and Michelle and Randy’s rich and sexy harmonies to make it happen, as you’ll hear in this track from last night’s rehearsal. It’s one of the new numbers we’ll be doing later this month when we play at Taylor Books in Charleston. Mark your calendar: We’ll be there Saturday night, Aug. 12.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hunting Harmonies

This week’s podcast does something a little different. Thought you might like to go behind the scenes and hear what goes into the arrangements. Last night’s rehearsal focused primarily on vocals, as we spent the evening hunting for harmonies for some of the new tunes we’ve been working on. Here are snippets of two songs. Listen to the color that Randy and Michelle’s voices bring to these new numbers.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

West Virginia Chose Me

We’re very excited about the show we’re putting together to perform in Charleston next month. When we appear at Taylor Books on Saturday night, Aug. 12, we want to have an all-new show, featuring tunes we’ve not played in public before. It’s a challenge, but, hey, we like challenges. And it’s giving us a chance to learn some great new songs, including some classics we’ve always meant to bring into The Flood repertoire. For instance, our all-time favorite love song to The Mountain State has always been “West Virginia Chose Me,” a work created a couple of decades ago by our old friend, writer/composer Colleen Anderson. It says everything we feel about our native soil. Here Michelle leads us through our first take on Colleen’s beautiful song at last night’s rehearsal.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Animal Husbandry

Paul Martin has brought so many good things to the band. Stellar picking. Stunning vocals. A downright spooky insight into beautiful harmonies. And only recently have we learned that he also has a brilliant understanding of agribusiness and a rare — I say, I say — RARE insight into animal husbandry. Take a listen.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Down By the Sally Gardens ... Again

Some times a tune can have a second act. It was 16 years ago that Doug and Charlie recorded “Down By the Sally Gardens” with Joe and David for The Flood’s first very CD. Over the past decade and a half,  the old Irish tune has cropped up occasionally in Flood shows and at rehearsals, but lately, because of such rich new blood in The Flood, the song has some new attention. Listen in this rendition from a recent rehearsal how Paul and Sam share the beautiful melody line with Doug in the solo sections. Listen to Randy’s rock solid bass line and check out Michelle’s lovely harmonies with Charlie’s vocal lead. “Sally Gardens” has been reborn!