Sunday, 12 August, 2007 5:21 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Flynnville
BY ERIC BEGGS
Dog Nashville recording artists Flynnville Train
2007 CMA Close Up News Service
Take two regional powerhouse
bands - one rock and one blues - and leave them to their own devices
way out in the country. If you're lucky, you might wind up with
something half as undeniable and unstoppable as Flynnville Train.
Hailing from small towns around Muncie, Ind., the five members of
Flynnville Train - brothers Brian and Brent Flynn on vocals and
guitar respectively, guitarist Jeremy Kent Patterson (aka Tombstone
Slim), and the powerhouse rhythm section of bassist Tim Beeler and
drummer Tommy Bales - go way back on the Indiana music scene.
While the Flynn brothers
were rocking the local clubs with their band Milestone, Bales and
Patterson were laying it down in the area's blues bars. The two
groups formed a fast friendship.
The opportunity to finally
come together came from Kentucky HeadHunter Richard Young, who offered
to produce the Flynn brothers in the Glasgow, Ky., studio of engineer
David Barrick. Looking to augment their sound, the brothers knew
exactly where to look.
Powered by the unique
dual-guitar dynamic of Brent Flynn and Patterson, and countrified
by Brian Flynn's turbo-twang vocals, Flynnville Train comes roaring
out of the gate like a tricked-out Harley on their debut album,
on Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville record label and produced by
the band with Barrick and Young. The album is set for release on
Aug. 28. Leadoff single "Last Good Time," written by Neal
Coty and Craig Wiseman, captures the band's go-for-broke approach.
Patterson credits Show Dog with giving the musicians total freedom
to be themselves.
"They just turned
us loose and let us do what we do," he said. "And once
it gets rolling, it's awfully hard to stop a train."
In early June, Flynnville
Train performed at CMA Music Festival and on June 21, they helped
kick-off Toby Keith's "Big Dog Daddy Tour." The band is
currently opening for the trek's 50-plus shows.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
What CD is on your
Brent Flynn : "Beatles '65."
Brian Flynn : "Flynnville Train."
What word or phrase
do you find yourself saying over and over again?
Bales: "Y'all ain't gonna believe this ... "
Brent Flynn : "That's what she said."
Brian Flynn : "I don't know, you tell me."
Patterson: "It's not rocket science."
What book or magazine
is on your nightstand?
Bales: "Modern Drummer."
Brent Flynn : "Country Weekly."
Brian Flynn : "Hot Rod Magazine."
Patterson: "The Bible."
What do you sing
in the shower?
Bales: "'Dance to the Music.'"
Brian Flynn : "'She's So Heavy.'"
Patterson: "Al Green."
What is your pet
Bales: "Backseat drivers."
Brent Flynn : "Long checkout lines."
Brian Flynn: "Being behind schedule."
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