Tuesday, July 17, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a new song by our friend Rob McNurlin.

Visitors are always welcome at our weekly gatherings, and no one is ever MORE welcome than our good buddy, singer-songwriter Rob McNurlin. We started jamming with Rob at least 20 years ago at happy places like Nancy McClellan’s living room and the parties hosted by Sheldon Road.

And we’re please that Rob still likes coming around whenever he’s home from Nashville or from various gigs that take him on the road.

And it’s a particularly special evening when Rob’s got a new song to share, as he did last night. His latest composition, which actually we first heard during his set at a Route 60 Saturday Night show earlier this year, is called, “The Last Hillbilly Singer.” Check this out! Click to hear the tune.

Monday, July 9, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a shoutout to a long-gone friend, Shirley Davis.

But first some background: Earlier this summer, Charlie’s wife, Pamela, had surgery. It all went well, but it required a period of recuperation, and they decided to use some of that extended downtime creatively. Pamela, who also is the manager of The Flood, for a long time has shot home videos of friends and visitors who have sat in and jammed with the band over the years, so they decided to pull all that work together into a feature film called Flood & Friends. The finished product is now available for watching on YouTube, and we’re pleased at how folks have enjoyed the film’s celebration of the music and the dozens of stellar visiting musicians performing in the videos.

But we’re also pleasantly surprised at some of the movie’s unintended consequences. For instance, as our old buddy Tom Pressman recently commented, the film also celebrates the regulars who come, not to play, but to listen at the weekly Flood gatherings, and prominent in the videos is the sparkling face of Shirley Broh Davis.

Shirley — whom fiddler Joe Dobbs used to call our oldest groupie — was brought to her first jam session with her husband Norman in 2009, invited by another dear friend, Flood regular Rose Riter, and from that winter’s evening on, the Davises became regulars. So all through the movie, you’ll see Shirley listening, laughing, singing along and applauding from her favorite blue chair smack dap in the middle things. We lost Shirley a few years ago — she died at 96 — but honestly, she’s still with us, especially whenever we do one of her favorite songs. Many times at the end of an evening of music, we’d say, “So, Shirley, whaddaya want to hear?” and more often than not, her request was for this one from the Great American Songbook. So, these days, whenever we do “My Blue Heaven,” as we did at a recent rehearsal, it comes with a sweet shoutout to Shirley. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features our first efforts with a beautiful new melody.

If you see him, don’t tell him — it’s liable to give him “the big head” — but the truth is we listen to everything that Doug Chaffin tells us. When it comes to music, Doug’s instincts are usually right on the money. For instance, whenever we’re playing a show, if Doug leans over and whispers, “Hey, maybe we oughta do this song next,” Charlie always revises the set list on the fly, because Doug seems to have a sixth sense about what people would like to hear.

So, when Doug recently told us we ought to learn “Amelia’s Waltz,” we perked up and paid attention. Now, the piece you’ll hear sounds like an old tune, but it actually was written in 1981 by the late New Hampshire composer Bob McQuillen, who named the song in honor of a friend’s young daughter.

It’s one of those lovely melody that sounds like it ought to be the soundtrack of a big, lush movie. What follows is our first take on the tune, with Doug leading the way, of course, with his fiddle. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune brought back from a 7-year-old memory.

Randy Hamilton and Paul Martin have been good friends for a long, long time. And they’ve been friends to the rest of us for quite a spell too.

Years before each of them joined the band, they used to drop in to play at the joyous jam sessions at the Bowen house here in Huntington. In fact, recently, while listening to recordings of some of those jam sessions made, gosh, more than seven years ago, Charlie came across a beautiful moment when Randy and Paul offered their rendition of this sweet Vince Gill composition.

So, last night he asked them if they would revisit that tune for us, and to say we were blown away by the results, well, that’s an understatement. Listen to this and you’ll understand why you can count on “Go Rest High on That Mountain” having a regular spot on the set list on Flood shows from now on. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune from last weekend’sgig..

It’s always a treat for the band when folks step up to dance to one of our tunes.

A few weeks ago, when we played for the 80th anniversary of Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House here in Huntington, two of our old friends — Marshall University math professors Bonita Lawrence and Clayton Brooks — came out for the fun, and when Doug Chaffin struck up an old traditional waltz, the pair we call “the dancin’ doctors” favored us with some lovely steps in front of the bandstand.

Well, Bonnie and Clayton were on the road and couldn’t join us at last weekend’s “Route 60 Saturday Night,” but in their honor, Doug Chaffin and Paul Martin did a little encore of the number. Here’s that moment from last weekend’s show.

Incidentally, at the start of this track, I manage to misidentify the mountain in the song’s title. This is “Blue Mountain Waltz.” Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie looks ahead to this week’s show.

We’re getting ready for this weekend’s next big Route 60 Saturday Night show, and since it will be the eve — uh, eve-eve — of West Virginia Day, we’re planning a lot of special tunes to wish our Mountain Mama a happy 155th.

Come on out and join the fun, starting at 7 p.m. at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., in Barboursville.

The guest artists this month are singer-songwriters Mike Bennett and Paul Callicoat. Admission is $5 and all proceeds this month go to aid the good work of Huntington’s Harmony House. For more information, visit the website at Route60SaturdayNight.com. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a different moment from the weeks these days.

Often here on the podcast we share tunes from the very end of a rehearsal, usually making the point that we once again we just didn’t want the evening to end (aw, play one more, guys!) Well, here’s something from the other end of the nights these days, a bit of the vibe at the very start of a session.

Recorded a few weeks ago, as this track starts you’ll hear that Doug, Randy and I are already in our seats, waiting for the rest of the band to arrive. Now, Sam is out of town when this was recorded, so he couldn’t make the gathering that night, but the harmonica section is ably manned by our friend Jim Rumbaugh, who has walked in just minutes before the track begins.

Listen closely as the song — a cover of Jackson Browne’s “These Days” — goes on and you’ll hear the backdoor open and Paul arrive. We keep the song going so he can be part of it. About four minutes in, you’ll hear Paul get to his seat at the table with his mandolin, say hello and then take the song home with a sweet solo.

By the way, speaking of songs, we’ve added a new feature you might enjoy on The Flood website: The Song Index. With it you can easily browse and listen to specific tunes from the hundreds shared on the podcast, recorded at shows or preserved in the band’s dusty archives. Looking for that crazy version of “Ditty Wah Ditty” you remember from a jam session eight years ago or so? We got it. Want Michelle’s latest rendition “You Don’t Know Me” from just a few weeks ago? Got that too. To check it out, visit the website (1937flood.com) and click “Song Index” on any page.

 Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a Kumbaya moment!

We’re hero-worshippers in The Flood, and we’ve got a BUNCH of musical heroes. Often our tributes to them come on the spur of the moment.

For instance, about a month ago, we were wrapping up a rehearsal — at the start of this track, you can hear us saying our goodbyes — but, in fact, Doug, Sam, Randy and I just didn’t want the evening to end yet, so we launched into one last tune, an old spiritual that we learned from a Lightnin’ Hopkins recording.

Now, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins recorded "Jesus, Will Come By Here" back in 1952, but the song went largely unnoticed for, well, 20 years. Then in 1972, the Cicely Tyson/Paul Winfield movie, "Sounder," used the old recording in the film’s soundtrack, calling it "Needed Time," and that's the first time we heard it.

Sure, our version is a bit more raucous than Lightnin's original, but it does capture the joy of those weekly Kumbaya moments with the Family Flood. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a homework assignment!.

This Saturday night we’re heading to Charleston for a show at one of our all-time favorite venues in the capital city, the wonderful Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., and we’re bringing with us our latest experiment in sing-alongs.

Now, The Flood doesn’t usually assign homework, but in this case, we’ll make an exception. If you are planning to join us for the fun at Taylor Books this Saturday night, you might want to study this audio track. It comes from our set at last weekend’s Route 60 Saturday Night show, and it will help you get your hey-lawdy-mama-mama, hey-lawdy papa-papa’s in order for the evening!

Hey, whaddaya know! It’s our first Flood study guide!

Remember, we’re at Taylor Books this Saturday night. The good times start at 7:30. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune one of our friends is bringing to this weekend’s show.

As we gear up for the latest edition of the monthly Route 60 Saturday Night show this weekend (at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St. in Barboursville), we have to prepare to go on stage without our regular harmonicat. Sam St. Clair is heading north to Alaska for a memory quest with his parents, and we wish them bon voyage.

Meanwhile, The Flood’s good buddy Jim Rumbaugh has graciously agreed to sit in with us on harps for Saturday’s show. At last night’s Flood rehearsal, Jim rocked us with one of his original compositions, which we expect to bring to Saturday night’s show. Here’s Jim’s “It Don’t Work Like That!”

By the way, our guest artists for this month’s show are singers Emmy Davis and Paula Davis Stewart. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, and this month, all proceeds go to the Tri-State Aids Task Force. Come on out — good times for a good cause. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features our efforts to get a handle on our water music.

We’re dredging up all our good water songs — and a band called The Flood oughta have a bunch of ‘em, right? — for a show we’re doing Friday night in Point Pleasant, WV, at a fundraiser for the good folks at one of our favorite places, the Point Pleasant River Museum.

If you’re in the area, come on out for a great dinner at 6:30, then stay for our show at 7:30. The event will be at the First Church of God Ministry Center, 2401 Jefferson Avenue in beautiful Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune for the season.

For some of us, this time of year is a little bittersweet. For instance, Pamela and Charlie spend a lot of time at Marshall University nowadays, so they get to know many bright young adults throughout their college careers. And then each spring, the Bowens watch their young friends graduate and head out into the world to start the next chapter of their lives.

For the West Virginia natives among them, that diploma often comes with a challenge and a choice. Do I leave for higher mountains and wider skies, or do I stay in the green hills and the dark valleys that nurtured me?

Here’s a tune from Michelle at last night’s rehearsal, a lovely Colleen Anderson composition that comes with a catch in its throat. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tunes from last weekend’s show.

One of the many things we love about being the house band each month at the new Route 60 Saturday Night musical variety shows is that the gig invites us to think in new ways about the songs we choose for the evening.

To put it plainly, we don’t want anything we play as the house band to compete with or to distract from the material being performed that that month’s guest artists. For instance, if a scheduled guest is planning to play jazzy pieces, we want to come back some something different, maybe some simple folk songs. On the other hand, if the guest star is offering a set of sweet ballads, we might follow him or her with a couple of raucous jug band tunes.

At last weekend’s show, the challenge for The Flood was to make a smooth transition between the two guest star sets, from the wonderful, full-throated blues stylings of the up and coming Emily Kinner to the down-home country sounds of the legendary Rob McNurlin.

Our choice? Well, as Joe Dobbs used to tell us, when in doubt, check in with Benny Goodman. So, here — in a track from the show — is the song we played, Billy Hill’s composition, “The Glory of Love,” introduced by Benny Goodman’s orchestra in 1936. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features that moment when we get rite didactic.

We’re all eager for this weekend as we settle in again as the house band for another great Route 60 Saturday Night show. This month’s guests are two wonderful singer-songwriters — a newcomer to our stage, Emily Kinner, and a regular crowd favorite, Rob McNurlin.

We’ll also have some thoughts from our resident storyteller, Dave Peyton, and Michelle Lewis will share the emcee mike with our guest co-host Paul Callicoat.

Meanwhile, what is The Flood’s role in all this? Oh, it’s up to us to provide the educational content for the evening, like, well, this little history lecture we’re preparing.

 Click to hear the tune.
Join us this Saturday night, April 21. Admission is $5, and this month all proceeds go the help the good work at Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. The 90-minute show starts at 7 p.m. at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton Street in Barboursville.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features new old favorite.

The Flood has had a long-time long-distance infatuation with the Utah Phillips song “The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia” for — oh, my goodness, for 40 years we’ve loved that song! Well, ever since we first heard Bill Hoke, Susan Lewis and David Holbrook sing it in their Kentucky Foothill Ramblers days at parties back in the mid-1970s.

But we in The Flood never really liked how we did the song until recent years, when Michelle and Randy brought the vocal chops to the band that could handle it.

Now at last the song is a regular for us. Check out this rendition from a recent rehearsal, especially the great solos by Doug and Paul and by our visitor for the evening, Jim Rumbaugh, sitting in on harmonica. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This Weekd's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features our take on lost song insurance.

There are many advantages to having weekly rehearsals, but one of the less obvious ones — even to us — is that regular practice sessions provide a kind of insurance against lost songs.

What usually happens is that between the tunes on the schedule for rehearsing, someone starts noodling with a bit of melody. “What is that?” someone else will say. “Why, that sounds like …. Oh yeah! Remember…” and away we go.

A case in point is the beautiful Eddy Arnold tune, “You Don’t Know Me.” When Michelle brought it to us five years ago, it became an instant hit with the band, making it onto the next CD we were set to record. But then, for some reason, the song just slipped away — until a couple of weeks ago when a bit of fortuitous fiddling between songs brought it back to our collective memory.

Here’s Michelle’s take on the tune from last night’s rehearsal.

Oh, and by the way, that’s the great Jim Rumbaugh on harmonica; Jim’s sitting in with us for a gig this weekend because our regular hamonicat, Sam St. Clair, is on vacation this week. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features our upbeat version of a classic old torch song.

Some nights you just don’t want it to end. You’ve been playing for an hour and a half, folk are standing up and stretching and looking at the door, and then someone says, “Aw, just one more,” and everybody grins and sits back down again.

Last night’s just-one-more tune was this one, our upbeat version of that old traditional piece, “Careless Love,” though, truth be told, in The Flood’s hands, “Careless Love” always feels less careless and more carefree. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features snippets of a couple of great Doug Chaffin moments from last night.

One of the of the many joys of being together each week is sharing our common musical memories, and when it comes to Doug Chaffin, well, the man’s got a lot to share.

Doug started playing music some 60 years ago with his family and then with some of those great local rock bands. Old-timers around here remember a rockabilly band called The Montereys, named a rather nice Mercury automobile. A teen-aged Doug Chaffin played lead guitar with them.

Anyway, it’s a treat for us that Doug revisits his rock ’n’ roll roots when we play things like Bruce Channel’s 1950s rock anthem “Hey, Baby.”

But then Doug can turn on a dime and bring out his soulful side on on the very next tune. It’s like having another voice singing along with the harmonies. Listen to how he weaves together all of the music strands to wrap up the Bob Gibson-John D. Loudermilk classic, “Abilene.” Click to hear the tunes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features snippets of what we’re working on for a big show this weekend..

The Flood is all fired up for the launch of the big second season of “Route 60 Saturday Night” at 7 p.m. THIS Saturday night at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St. in Barboursville.

The guest artists for this big opening show are two great duets, Holly and the Guy and The Shadowshaker Band. We’ll also have another fine story by the resident storyteller, Dave Peyton, and all proceeds from this month’s show go to help the good folks at CONTACT of Huntington.

Now, since this particular show falls on St. Patrick’s Day, you know the The Flood, as your house band, has gotta have a few Irish tunes in the lineup, like this great old sing-along from The Old Sod, “The Wild Rover.” Erin Go Bragh! Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune in the works for a show later this month.

We’re gearing up for the launch of the big second season of “Route 60 Saturday Night,” the new music variety show at Route 60 Music Co., where The Flood is the house band.

The show is on the third Saturday night each month, meaning the next show will be on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. And to celebrate in style, we wanted to dust off a few songs from The Old Sod.

Now, “Down By the Salley Gardens,” with lyrics by the renowned William Butler Yeats, has been in The Flood repertoire for 25 or 30 years — in fact, it’s on our first CD released all the way back in 2001 — but the tune has had a beautiful rebirth with harmony that Michelle has brought to the verses. Just listen!

And remember, mark your calendar. We’ll be at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St. in Barboursville on Saturday, March 17, for the start of the new season of “Route 60 Saturday Night!” Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a lunar tune.

Wow, we have a blue moon this month. Now, the term “blue moon” generally means two full moons in the same month. (In this case, the first full moon is this Thursday and the second full moon will be on Saturday, March 31.)

Yeah, I know — it’s just a little public service announcement from your friends in The Flood.

Anyway, to get you ready for all your blue moon frolicking, here’s a lunar tune from last night’s rehearsal. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune whose lack of ancient roots makes it no less gorgeous.

The folk process in music is interesting. Sometimes tunes begin in the foggy ruins of time, as Bob Dylan might say — uh, DID say, actually — and then make their way into contemporary songs. For instance, Jimmy Driftwood’s “The Battle of New Orleans”(“in 1814, we took a little trip…”) began life as a fiddle tune called “The 8th of January,” which is still played by the pros today.

And sometimes the folk process works in the other direction. In other words, a composed tune enters the hearts and minds of traditional musicians and takes on a false narrative of antiquity, sort “going native.” A case in point in the Canadian-American tune called “Ookpik,” which began surfacing on the fiddle contest circuit in the 1970s with rumors ancient roots among Native Americans. After all, the name itself is an Inuit word for “snowy” or for “Arctic owl.”

Well, despite all those stories about this being some time-honored Eskimo waltz, “Ookpik” was written by a late British Columbia fiddler named Frankie Rodgers, who actually published it in a book of his compositions in 1965.

Okay, fine, but whatever it provenance, it’s a beautiful melody, one that Doug Chaffin brought to us a few years ago. On this track from a couple of weeks ago, Doug starts the tune with his rich, warm guitar, then we hand it off to Paul Martin’s mandolin while Doug switches to his fiddle to bring the song to sweet conclusion. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a tune we finally remembered!

Our old friends Linda and Wendell Dobbs once recommended a tune to us … well, wait a minute. We know the actual date!

It was July 12, 2012, at the start of the Joe Dobbs book tour. Yeah, it’s weird, the things we remember, but we were doing a show and a reading in Ashland, Ky., at the Paramount Arts Center, and, during a break, Wendell said, “You know, you guys oughta try doing ‘A Taste of Honey.’ It’d be a good song for you!”

Well, we did give the song a spin at a couple of rehearsals, but then, you know how it is —things happened and we got distracted and “Honey” just sort of went back on the shelf. Until earlier this month, when we got a hankering for another little taste of honey. It was as if the tune had to wait for Doug Chaffin and Paul Martin to season it with their beautiful solos, as you’ll hear in this track from a recent rehearsal.

So, then, this is for Wendell and Linda. We don’t forget; it’s just that sometimes it takes us a while to remember!

By the way, we remembered the actual date of Linda and Wendell Dobbs’ suggestion because of a new project we’ve launched, a kind of online scrapbook of stories, pictures, audios and videos called “Five Decades of Floodishness.” Come to our web site — www.1937flood.com — to check it out. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a reunion with an old friend.

When we recently switched our rehearsal nights from Tuesdays to Mondays, we didn’t realize that one of the benefits would be that our old friend Jim Rumbaugh could now occasionally drop in for a visit.

Last night, our harmonicat Sam St. Clair could not make the practice session, but as luck would have it, just as we were starting, Jim came by with him harps and sat down for a big helping of Floodishness. Here’s a particularly tasty bit in the evening’s offerings.

Listen as Jim sweetens up one of Paul Martin’s signature tunes, his rendition of the 1969 hit by Marmalade, “Reflections of My Life,” and how Jim’s solo nicely echos Doug Chaffin’s fiddle. Click to hear the tune.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie is dedicated to a dear friend.

It’s no big secret, but musicians usually play much better when a devoted listener is within earshot, and no one is a more devoted listener than our old friend Norman Davis.

Whenever the weather outside isn’t frightful, we can almost always count on Norman slipping in the back door and settling into his reserved seat, that big blue comfy chair in the corner of our rehearsal room.

And a heck of a barometer is our Norman: One look at his face tells us if our work on a tune is paying off, and he was all smiles last night during Michelle’s latest rendering of the 1945 Buddy Johnson classic, “Since I Fell for You.”

In fact, if you listen closely you’ll hear that the last words on this tracks are Norman’s. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie is an inside look on how we roll…

On rehearsal nights, we’re often so eager to get started that the first tune might begin rolling before everyone gets set up to play. Here’s a wonderful example.

On this particular evening, when we started at the crack of 7:30, Paul and Charlie are in their seats already as you hear Michelle and her mother coming in the back door while Doug is arriving in the front.

Sam’s on hand, but is still getting out of his coat. Randy’s here, but, as the tune starts, he hasn’t quite got his bass hooked up yet.

Notice how we just keep the song going longer than usual just so Doug get his fiddle bow rosined up and jump in for a chorus or two. By the end of the song, everybody’s in place and ready to rock. Click to hear the tune.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a little wintertime first aid from Michelle and the guys!

sn’t it interesting how sometimes on a cold winter’s day, a song can warm you up like a roaring fire? Michelle warmed up the room with this tune toward of the evening recently. Here’s the Erroll Garner standard, “Misty,” with stellar supporting solos by Paul and Doug.

Click to hear the tune.

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.