Yesterday morning turned out to be a very busy Saturday for me. When I got back home, around 2 30 p.m., I figured it was time to spend the rest of the day doing nothing. Well, nothing that took a lot of energy that is. I have a CD here that I have had for a while, and hadn’t listened to – until yesterday afternoon. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The CD is by Flat River Band, and is titled High Roller – which is also the name of one of the songs on the CD. This new CD will be released on April 7, 2011. I got to hear it now – you will definitely want to hear it then!
The group is made up of three brothers who have been singing forever, and are now putting their lifetime of practice into some great country songs on this CD. They are definitely country. But listen closely and you’re going to hear a little bit of a blues sound, and a little bit of rock. But no matter what style surfaces in each song, there is something in this CD for everyone, and ever bit of it is good music.
The Flat River Band’s members are lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Chad Sitze, his Brother, mandolin, harmonica and electric guitarist lead and harmony vocals, Dennijo Sitze, Their other brother, electric and upright bass, lead and harmony vocals, Andy Sitze .
The Sitze brothers began playing music at an early age with their parents band, The Sitze Family. The entire family played venues such as Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and numerous festivals, fairs and churches.
All three brothers moved to Nashville in 2006 to continue their musical journey Their writing skills and dynamic performances have captured the attention of veterans in the Nashville music scene and allowed them to perform with songwriters such as John Scott Sherrill, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Overstreet, Michael Smotherman and numerous others.
If the country group “Alabama” grew up in the same house as “Crosby, Stills & Nash…..and they got together with “The Marshall Tucker Band” to start their own band at that point you would have experienced the “Flat River Band”.
There are 10 songs on this CD: I’m Alright I’m Ok; Without Love; Lovely; High Roller; Mr. Casino Man; Blow My Mind; Shine Down Upon Me; Bitter Sweet Humble Pie; things I Remember; and The Light of Day. The CD is a nicely balanced mix of fast and slow songs. They have the kind of songs you want to sing along to; the kind of songs you want to sit back and just listen to quietly; and the kind of songs that make you want to jump up and dance.
My favorite song on this CD is “Things I Remember.” “Without Love,” “Mr. Casino Man” and “Shine Down Upon Me” are my next three favorites. Normally when I listen to a new CD, I find the songs I like the best, and I play them the most. But I can tell you, there really isn’t a bad song on this CD. Flat River Band has done a great job of bringing us not only a variety of songs, but a variety of good songs.
Hope you all have a great Sunday! I’ll talk to you soon. Drop me a note whenever you have time, I always look forward to hearing form you.
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