Thursday, January 27, 2011
This week's freebie from The 1937 Flood features a tune for last weekend's reunion with our buddy Roger Samples, one of the founding members of The Flood.
From its first days in the 1970s through the mid-1980s, Rog played and sang with us, and his guitar styling, vocals and song selection have set the standard for The Flood ever since. Even after Roger and his family moved to Kentucky, we stayed in touch.
Last weekend, on a bright, crisp January day, a bunch of us headed to Mount Sterling, Ky., for a little reunion with Roger and his brothers, Mack and Ted, who form the legendary Samples Brothers Band. Here's a tune for that grand day, with Mack and Rog doing the vocals and that's Ted on the five-string. Click here for the audio. Oh, and there's video of this tune and others from the session on our web site. Click here for the moving pictures.
By the way, tunes like this make up our weekly Flood podcasts. You can subscribe for free and get the music automatically delivered to your computer each Thursday. For details on that, click here.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
This week's freebie from The 1937 Flood jam session features a Tin Pan Alley special from more than nine decades ago.
1919 was an amazing year in music. With The Great War over, Tin Pan Alley was pumping out the hits again. "12th Street Rag" and "Royal Garden Blues," "Swanee" and "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate."
Meanwhile, on the other end of the block, a trio of composers -- Charles McCarron, Casey Morgan and Arthur Swanstrom -- were writing "The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me" ... just so The Flood could flirt with it 90 years later. Click here for the audio.
By the way, tunes from the jam sessions make up our weekly Flood podcasts. You can subscribe for free and get the music automatically delivered to your computer each Thursday. For details on that, click here.