Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a celebration of the new year!

The cabin fever finally broke last night! After weeks of days in the teens and brutal nights in the single digits — and even the heartbreak of having to cancel a much-anticipated gig because of ice and snow — yesterday, the wicked winter relented a little, and last night the entire Family Flood at last could come again for the first time since a deep and dark December.

You know, few things are more healing that old friends sitting in a circle playing and singing together, conjuring up a right special light. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a favorite reunion!

Could it be that a decade has passed since Jacob Scarr started playing with The Flood? Well, let’s see — he was just 14 when he first unpacked his guitar at a Flood rehearsal; now he’s midway through his second year of law school, so, yeah, that amazing mathematics is apparently right.

Nowadays, we don’t get to see Jacob more than a couple of times a year — he’s pretty busy with his work in Boulder, Colorado — but whenever he gets back to his Ohio Valley home, it is an event.

Thinking back to 2007 when we met him, it was his solos on one particular song that told us this young man had sometime very special to contribute to the Family Flood, and it’s a tune we trot out again every time we meet.

Now, last night was an especially UN-summer-like evening, with the temperature hovering near 10 degrees, but Youngblood’s work took this old favorite from a smoldering ember to a warm and roaring blaze. Here the 2018 edition of Gershwin’s “Summertime” with Floodster Emeritus Jacob Scarr. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune we’re preparing for this week’s big gig!

We’re rolling into Charleston this weekend to play at our favorite capitol city venue, Taylor Books, this Saturday night, and at last night’s rehearsal, we polished up some tunes we want to share, including the craziest sing-along you’re likely to ever hear.

Uh-huh — Hey lawdy, mama-mama, hey lawdy, papa-papa, talk about your sing-along!

Remember, we’re at Taylor Books. Come on out for our New Year’s Eve-Eve party, Saturday, Dec. 30, at 226 Capitol Street in beautiful downtown Charleston! It’s all starts at 7:30 p.m.! Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie celebrates a new transatlantic friendship!

We got a delightful love letter from Liverpool this week! A gentleman named Colin Maddocks — who has the simply perfect stage name of “Grateful Fred”! — dropped us a line to tell us how much he and his bandmates like what we do in The Flood.

Colin is in several bands there in Liverpool — the Irish band HotFoot and a ukulele-enriched ensemble called (you’ll love this!) “Grateful Fred’s Ukelear Deterrent” — and they recently had the great 1960s jug band superstar Jim Kweskin perform there during his mini-tour of the UK. Now, that’s how Colin and company found The Flood; while searching for other covers of Kweskin’s classic tune, “Jug Band Music,” he came upon our website and related online goodies, including this podcast.

“I love the music you make and the sound you get,” Colin wrote us. “And to think you've been playing together so long is wonderful. We're 4 years old as The Deterrents, so we've a long way to go, but we rehearse on a weekly basis like yourselves and, apart from the music, the friendships we've made are a big bonus.”

We couldn’t agree more — and so, to celebrate our new transatlantic friendship, here’s the current version of the tune that brought us all together, a fresh batch of “Jug Band Music” cooked up during last night’s Floodishness.

Oh and by the way, if you’d like to learn more about the good work that Colin and his crew do in the UK, check out his website, www.gratefulfred.co.uk. Keep on picking, guys! Click to hear the tune.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune we’ve got planned for this weekend’s big show.

We’re worked up and ready to go for this weekend’s final “Route 60 Saturday Night” of the 2017 season. We have the great Ron Sowell and Ritch Collins on deck as the our guest performers, Dave Peyton is back of the in-house storyteller and, as always, The Flood will be on hand as the house band.

Our fiddler Doug Chaffin has worked up a special treat for the evening — his rendition of the beautiful Jay Unger-Molly Mason composition, “Lovers’ Waltz.” Here’s Doug’s treatment of the tune from this week’s Flood rehearsal.

Remember, we’re at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St. in Barboursville, this Saturday night. The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and all proceeds go to this month’s charity, Lily’s Place. Come on out — we’ll raise a ruckus and make a memory or two! Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a little bit of holiday cheer.

Looking forward to this month’s Route 60 Saturday Night — our last Route 60 show of the year, slated for Saturday, Dec. 16 — we’ve been hard at work on some holiday tunes that we can contribute as the house band.

Last night we focused on coming up with an arrangement for the great Mel Tormé-Bob Wells classic, “The Christmas Song.”

Listen as Michelle takes this tune by the antlers and absolutely owns it, pausing only for Paul’s sweet, sweet guitar solo.

You know, Jack Frost is already here, so bring out those chestnuts and let’s get that fire started! Click to hear the tune.