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Freebies from The 1937 Flood, West Virginia's Most Eclectic String Band! The Flood, the Original Old Boy Band, has been around since the 1970s playing their own brand of mountain music, from blues and jugband to swing and traditional folk. These podcasts feature Flood Freebies, recordings captured on the fly, as it were, at the Flood's weekly jam sessions
 
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The new CD we’re hoping to bring out before the end of the year will be our first all-instrumental album. (We’re thinking we’ll call it “Speechless.” Yeah, we do get a charge out of ourselves…) Anyway, one of the formative ideas of this new project is to explore the extraordinary narrative power of some of these beautiful melodies. They’re like ...…
 
We first played at Taylor Books in Charleston about 20 years ago and we’ve loved coming back regularly even since, partly because it reminds us of our coffeehouse roots, but mostly because it’s simply a wonderful venue with happy, friendly patrons. Playing Taylor Books is like coming to the best reunion ever. That’s why we’re looking forward to ...…
 
We’re so excited that September is here, because September means we’re rolling out a brand new season of the 90-minute music variety show, Route 60 Saturday Night, at which The Flood is privileged to be the regular monthly house band. The next show is this Saturday night, 7 p.m., at Route 60 Music Co. in Barboursville. At our rehearsal last nig ...…
 
We lost a dear friend this week. Margaret Ray passed away at her home in Greenbottom, WV, after a difficult bout of sickness. She just turned 64 last spring. Margaret came into our lives, gosh, 40 years ago, at those crazy music parties where The Flood born. She was the beautiful, young hot guitar player who wowed us all on those smoky nights i ...…
 
When it comes to movies, we are, of course, devout Coen brothers fans, starting with their masterpiece, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” from two decades ago. There Joel and Ethan Coen incorporated a wise and loving treatment of American roots music of the 1920s and ‘30s, a period obviously dear to The Flood’s heart as well. More recently, the Coen ...…
 
We have loved the songs of Hoagy Carmichael for … well, forever. For instance, we started doing his great river anthem, “Up a Lazy River,” probably 25 years ago, and our rendition of the tune has evolved over the years. Originally, we did it has an instrumental with hard-driving solos by Joe Dobbs and Dave Peyton. Later we made into a vocal, wi ...…
 
Sometimes in the best conversations, not a word is spoken, such as when a group of musicians sit in a circle and listen to each other. In this little confab from last night’s rehearsal you can hear those wild, wordless ideas being exchanged by Sam St. Clair and Paul Martin, by Doug Chaffin and Paul Callicoat. And the subject of the moment? Why, ...…
 
Some tunes have their own long, strange stories for how they end up The Flood’s songbag. Here’s one. Back in 1952, blues great Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins recorded a sweet, mournful number called “Jesus, Will Come By Here,” but the song went largely unnoticed for 20 years. Then in 1972, the great Cicely Tyson/Paul Winfield movie called ”Sounder" us ...…
 
It was eight years ago this month that our youngest-ever Floodster — Jacob Scarr — left the nest. Jacob played lead guitar with us from the time he was about 15 until he graduated from high school and left for college and a new life in Colorado. Well, earlier this year, Jacob finished law school and is starting his first post-college job with a ...…
 
The Flood’s had a love of swing era tunes for a very long time — well, since the late Joe Dobbs got us playing “Sunny Side of the Street,” what? More than 20 years ago. One of our favorites is “Moonglow,” a 1930s composition by Eddie DeLange and Will Hudson. And now, here’s a curious bit of trivia about the song. During the Big Band era, this p ...…
 
So earlier this summer, when Paul Callicoat started sitting in with us on bass, we realized that his learning curve would not be so steep if we took the time to write out chord charts for some of the less familiar Flood tunes. Well, that project turned into a pretty cool new features for the band’s website, one we call “the freakin' first-ever ...…
 
If an alien anthropologist were flying by to study our music, he’d probably be fascinated — well, as we Earthlings are — with how altering a single element can change a whole vibe, even in mid-song. Here’s a case in point from last night’s Flood rehearsal. So, Michelle and Charlie are tooling along on pretty much a standard version of one of th ...…
 
Most musicians believe in magic, because magic is in the room on those nights whenever everything just cooks. Lately, the magic ingredient in The Flood’s special brew has been our dear friend Paul Callicoat. Now, Paul is old buddy of the band and as our other Paul -- Paul Martin -- noted last night, we’ve all recognized in him a kindred spirit. ...…
 
So, the story goes that 19-year-old William Christopher Handy was walking the dark streets of St. Louis one night when he met a woman who was very publicly mourning her husband’s abrupt absence. That in itself perhaps was not news, but young Bill was stopped in his tracks by what the woman said next. “My man,” she cried, “’s got a heart like a ...…
 
Sometimes the tunes between the tunes are the most memorable of an evening. These in-between songs are the ones that crop up spontaneously between the ones we had planned to work on at that particular rehearsal. Here’s one from last night. Talk of dodging days of summer storms in the valley led to a raucous, impromptu rendition of this 1933 Har ...…
 
Well, you don’t usually turn to the blues for optimism. That’s why we’ve always loved the old blues number “Trouble in Mind,” which say right up front, “I’m blue, but I won’t be blue always, ‘cause the sun’s gonna shine in my backdoor someday.” Uh-huh. Here’s a take on that tune from a Flood rehearsal a few weeks back, an especially sweet eveni ...…
 
We have so much fun as the house band for the Route 60 Saturday Night variety show each month, and lately our favorite part has been getting you in the audience singing along with us on a good old folk song or two. We have another show this weekend. and here’s the tune we plan to end the evening with. Take a listen, learn the chorus and then co ...…
 
We had a wonderful evening playing at Woodlands retirement community last weekend — we always do have fun there — and a special time whenever we go up the hill to Woodlands is the half hour or so before the show when we get to go back to do some tunes for the folks in the health care unit. These are residents who are right now aren’t physically ...…
 
It’s been about 40 years ago now that Roger Samples and I sat in the kitchen on a hot summer night and came up with this arrangement of an old Appalachian ballad we both loved. Now, this particular version of the song settled in my memory over the years, coming out again only occasionally. For instance, it did make it onto The Flood’s first com ...…
 
A couple times at our weekly rehearsals nowadays, we have fun listening to Doug and Paul trade licks on good old traditional instrumental tunes, from waltzes to what Grandpa used to called “party tunes.” Here’s one — Doug’s unique rendition of a great old fiddle tune, which last night got an extra jolt of joy by old buddy Chuck Romine who dropp ...…
 
When we’re putting together the songs we plan to do at our gig as the house band for the monthly Route 60 Saturday Night show, as we are this weekend, we’re always on the lookout for a tune or two that can be a sing-along for the audience. Well, one of The Flood’s all-time favorite sing-alongs is this great old Charlie Poole song, “Didn’t He Ra ...…
 
The Flood doesn’t do many country-western tunes, but some songs rise above categorization. They're just bigger than their genre, and that includes, well, just about everything written and sung by the great Hank Williams. A few years back, we started playing around with Hank’s hauntingly beautiful “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” but for the longe ...…
 
We met a phenomenal young fiddler named Paddy King last weekend when former Floodster Dave Ball introduced us to him at the Jewel City Jamboree and he joined us on stage for our part of the show. Needless to say, Paddy King just lit up the set with some of the most imaginative fiddling we’ve ever heard. Well, last night we had a ball when Dave ...…
 
In prepping for our set at the Jewel City Jamboree this weekend down by the riverside, we’re dusty off some of our older songs. Here’s one we’ve not done in about a decade, but Jim Rumbaugh, sitting in with us on bass for this gig, inspired us bring it out again. With tasty solos by Jim, Paul, Sam and Doug, here’s “Alberta, Let Your Hair Hang D ...…
 
Jim Rumbaugh first started coming around the weekly Flood sessions about a decade ago, and he quickly became such a dear friend. We knew him first as an excellent harmonica player and we watched as he nurtured and grew the beloved Huntington Harmonica Club, which nowadays has a public jam session every week. It was only later that we learned Ji ...…
 
It’s been a couple of years since Floodster Emeritus Chuck Romine dropped in to jam with us — he and Phyllis have been pretty busy lately with the general business of living the good life — but when he refurbished yet another great old tenor banjo, he just had to swing by last night and share it with us. And of course, whenever Dr. Jazz is in t ...…
 
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