Thursday, February 24, 2011

How Long, How Long Blues

Here's a tune that was a mainstay for The Flood when the band started back in the mid-1970s, but until last night's jam session, we'd not played it in literally several decades. It's a blues standard from the 1920s by the great Leroy Carr.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Joe Fiddles for Norman and Shirley

Norman and Shirley Davis have become our most loyal Wednesday night listeners. Lately they've been little disappointed that one of their favorites -- fiddler Joe Dobbs -- couldn't make the sessions. Well, last night, when Joe blew back in on a warm spring-like February evening, one look at the Davises told you how pleased they were to see and hear him again. And Joe played a couple of special fiddle tunes just for Shirley and Norman.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Randy Brings a Banjo

We never really know what direction our Wednesday night jam sessions will take. It all depends on who shows and what they bring to play. Jazz guitarist Randy Brown has been sitting in with us most Wednesdays for more than a year now, playing great solos on his Gibson L5. But last night, Randy came to the door with his plectrum banjo, a beautiful 50-year-old Vega, and suddenly an evening of quiet folk songs took a decidedly raucous turn. Here's a sample.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jacob Turns 18

Guitarist Jacob Scarr, the youngest member ever in The Flood's 35-year history, turned 18 last night, and that struck us as a pretty darn good reason to celebrate. Our gift to him? Multiple solos on just about every tune we played, including all the solos on this little blues number. And Jacob's gift to us? Well, besides years of tasty music every Wednesday night, last night his mom, P.J., sent over cannoli, making it a pretty sweet evening all the way around!