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Monday, January 18, 2016

Eric Andersen - "Singin Man" NERFA


Here is a video from the 2015 NERFA conference: me backing up my old pal Eric Andersen singing a song he wrote after seeing me do my thing on the street in Paris about 30 years ago!  Funny how things come around again... We look awfully serious, but it's just sleep deprivation--we were having fun!  That's Cheryl Praksher on the percussion.

Joe Flood - "Deep Sleep Blue"


Another sleep-deprivation video from the NERFA conference, this one from 2014, of the appropriately titled and themed "Deep Sleep Blue."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Work, DeKoven, and Barrett


SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH, 2015 AT 3 P.M.
Middletown High School Auditorium
Middletown, CT 
A MULTIMEDIA MUSICAL TRIBUTE
to Middletown's Famous 19th Century Songwriters
featuring (in alphabetical order)
Rani Arbo (vocals)
Tom Callinan (vocals)
Michael Cleary (guitar and voclas)
Vince De Laria (keyboards)
Jerry Dugger (vocals)
Mark Ettinger (accordion, piano, bouzouki)
Joe Flood (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals, etc.)
Joe Fonda (bass)
John Kalinowski (fife, accordion, concertina)
Scott Kessel (drums and percussion)
Fred Moses (percussion, vocals)
Edmund Peart (drums)
As the promo says, "Joe Flood has organized some of Middletown's brightest musical lights to interpret the songs of Middletown's own Henry Clay Work (1832-1884), Reginald de Koven (1859-1920) and broadside poet Edward Barrett (1817-1914)."
And as you can read below (a couple of posts back), I got two grants from the Middletown Commission on the Arts and the Connecticut Humanities Council to create this piece, and I am really excited to be bringing all of these great musicians together along with several of our favorite local radio hosts to read period texts about these songwriters' lives and times. Please come!
Tickets are available from the Greater Middletown Concert Association here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came out on December 16 to make the "Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band" CD release event at Brooklyn Oenology the success that it was.   Will Stevens' photos of Danny and his friends were hung on the walls and looked great.  A packed house of friends and fans turned up and sat in with the band.  Mark Herschler and I produced the record to give our old friend and mentor, Danny Fitzgerald, his due.  The CD features Mark, Gene Clarke, Brian Price and me backing Danny up on the Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith songs that form the core of the group's repertoire interspersed with Danny's recollections of his long and storied life. The record is now available for streaming and download at www. joeflood.bandcamp.com.  Hard copies will be available at the band's performances at various venues in the Northeast in the months to come, beginning with a December 29th show at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  We will also be making it available for online purchase soon.  We will keep you updated on press and new dates as they come in.  In the meantime, please look for and "like" the Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band page on Facebook!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Work, de Koven, and Barrett

I have spent the better part of the last year researching the lives, careers, and songs of Henry Clay Work (1832-1884), Reginald de Koven (1859-1920), and Edward Barrett (1817-1914).  The first two were born, as was I, in Middletown, Connecticut.  Barrett was born in Ireland and emigrated to Middletown in the 1850s, as did my great, great grandfather.  Work was known as a composer of Civil War songs ("Marching Through Georgia") but also contributed to the minstrel show and parlor song repertory. De Koven was the  composer of comic opera in America at the turn of the last century.  Between 1885 and 1914, Barrett wrote over 250 poems that were published in The Penny Press, the local paper of the day, many of them meant to be sung to traditional Irish airs. The Middletown Commission on the Arts and the Connecticut Department of Culture and Tourism have each awarded me a grant to continue my research and develop a performance piece based on the three men, their lives and times, and their relevance to our own.  On July 5th, 2013, I will be previewing some of the work I have done so far with a group of stellar local musicians: world renowned bassist Joe Fonda; drummer extraordinaire and author of "Connecticut's Fife and Drum Tradition" (the definitive book on the subject), Jim Clark; master of the accordion, concertina, and fife, John Kalinowski; and local rhythm and bluesman Fred Moses. The project has been and continues to be an exciting exploration of America's musical history as well as that of Middletown's and my own personal history.  I hope to see many friends old and new at the Buttonwood Tree on the 5th, and many more when we mount the final production in the months to come.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Old New Records

          It occurred to me recently that I have been lax about letting people know about other releases that I have been honored to be involved with over the last few years.  There are some great records that have included some of my songs and a few on which I also got to play, so here is a list of highlights with some links for purchasing.  I am sure they are all also available for purchase and download from iTunes, Amazon, and the rest, too.  Enjoy! 

          This came out last year: Garth producing and playing on new versions of songs by The Band featuring Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, The Sadies, Cowboy Junkies, Blue Rodeo, and more, including a version of my co-write with Levon, Jim Weider, and Stan Szelest, “Move To Japan” by New Foundlanders The Trews.  Really cool record. (Click on the link above.)

 Greg Trooper—“The Williamsburg Affair”

          This is another “lost” project, recorded about seventeen years ago in the heyday of Eric Ambel’s days at Coyote Studios in Brooklyn, a summer in which we made a Mojo Nixon record, recorded a Got To Blazes record live to 2-track (in one night!), and made this rocking record with Greg.  It’s one of my favorites of his, and not just because I got to play and sing all over it: great recordings of great songs.  Greg moved to Nashville soon after we made it, got a new record deal, made a bunch of other records, and finally put this one out about two years ago. Get it here.  

 The Bottle Rockets—“Lean Forward”

          This was a kind of reunion for me with The Bottle Rockets as we hadn’t done anything together since 2000’s “A Brand New Year”, but for this they recorded two songs I co-wrote with Brian Henneman, “Solitaire” and “Give Me Room”.  I also got to play fiddle and sing a little harmony on “Get On The Bus”.  Produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel and available here.



Jono Manson— “Summertime” and “November”

          I have been represented in one way or another with most of Jono’s solo releases over the years, but “Summertime” was an especial treat because I not only got to co-write several of the songs and play some mandolin, but we reunited the Smoking Section vocal quartet-- Jono, Jerry Dugger, Ron Sunshine, and me--for background vocals at Craig Dreyer’s place.  I was so inspired by the session that the next time we were all around I got them together at Craig’s again to do some vocals on some of my songs. (Those recordings should be available soon.) And the title track on “November” refers to the first ever co-write between Jono, Brian Henneman from the Bottle Rockets, and me.  You can buy them here.

And last, but certainly not least,
Artie Traum— “Thief of Time”

          This was Artie’s too aptly titled last release.  Produced by the Wendy Waldman, most of the record was recorded with a dream band of Warren Bernhardt on keys, Gary Burke on drums, and Tony Levin on bass with guest spots by John Sebastian, Amy Helm, Donna Lewis, Teresa Williams, Kenny Edwards, Jim Photoglo, and yours truly doing a duet with Artie on our tune “Where The Blues Began.”  Great writing and incredible musicianship. (Click on the link above.)