Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a visit with a friendly ghost.

It was our old friend Bill Hoke who was the first one we ever heard singing this great Paul Siebel composition. It was a party in the early 1970s. We'd been playing for hours, with a lot of loud and rowdy fiddle and banjo tunes that made the walls rattle. Then, during a break -- when the pickers had stopped to open new bottles -- Bill picked up his guitar and quietly started playing a tune called "Louise."

We have loved that song ever since, and on special nights like last night, Louise, like a sad-eyed friendly spirit, comes 'round again. Here Paul and Doug handle the solos, and then Randy and Paul jump in on the vocal harmonies for the sweetest moment of the evening. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a century-old folk song.

More than a hundred years ago, musicologist John Lomax recorded an African American woman they called "Dink" singing a song as she washed her man's clothes in a work camp on the banks of a river near Houston, Texas.

Forty years later, in 1945, the great Josh White put it on his first album. Since then, it's been recorded by scores of performers, sometimes as "Fare Thee Well," but most often simply as "Dink's Song." Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie is reunion with a tune. Sometimes a song walks right back into your life.

About a decade ago, we were often playing that great old Lenny Welch tune from the mid-1960s, "Since I Fell for You," and then, for some reason, the song seemed to fall out of our repertoire. Nobody knew why, but we just didn't play anymore.

'Til last night. When Michelle Lewis came in from the wind and rain for our weekly rehearsal, that great old jazz standard strolled in right behind her. And we're so glad it did. Welcome home! Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This Week's Freebie from the 1937 Flood

This week's freebie is another blast from the past

In The Flood's formative years, we used to have big music parties that went on all weekend long, and a highlight of the do was always when we got big Bob Toothman to play his special version of "Sister Kate." He's the man we learned it from.

We still remember a year or so before Bob passed away his stopping by a Flood practice and just grinning all over himself at our slightly sexier version of his classic tune. These days, we still play around with "Sister Kate."

Here's a take from a few weeks ago, with solos by Doug, Paul and Sam. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie a blast from the past

Songwriters are our patron saints, and we've got a bunch of 'em in The Flood. Bob Dylan and John Prine. Jean Ritchie and Hazel Dickens. Hoagie Carmichael and Fats Waller. Two others you might not be as familiar with -- Tampa Red and Georgia Tom -- have also been influencing us for decades.

Now, back in the mid-1970s, Roger Samples and Charlie Bowen stumbled upon some raucous old 1920s recordings of Tampa Red and Georgia's Tom's Chicago group called The Famous Hokum Boys. Rog and Charlie introduced Dave Peyton and Joe Dobbs to these silly, happy tunes, and the rest, as they say, is hysteria.

Well, here's a recording from a rehearsal just a few weeks ago that shows that in the latest incarnation of The Flood, that spirit of hokum is still alive and well. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a new tune for us that is just now being worked out. We were already having a great rehearsal last night when Paul and Randy, our newest Floodsters, trotted out a tune that just shook the room.

Back in 1969, a Scottish band called Marmalade released an original composition, "Reflections of My Life," that became an
instant hit around the globe, in part because it spoke of life in an uncertain age. Last night we were all struck by how the song resonates in our time too.

Now, we like to use these podcasts to sometimes give you a taste of a tune before the full arrangement gets worked out. This is a case in point. "Reflections" is likely to be on The Flood's set list often in the months to come, and this is where it starts. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a shout-out to all our dear companions.

A band that's been around for more than 40 has a pretty big extended family -- current members, former members, brothers and sisters, moms and dads, long-time buddies and new friends just now coming through the door.

On an especially chatty evening like last night, the stories we tell each other at a rehearsal can claim just about as much times as the songs we play.

Well, it occurs to us that one particular tune we do -- one we've played at events as diverse as happy reunions and, well, more often at bittersweet departures -- comes very close to crystallizing that feeling of such a long communion. Here's to all our dear companions. Click to hear the tune.