Ho Ho Ho…get the fuck out 2022!
Welcome to another edition, (2022) of FLOWERS Christmas, year-end letter.
Jaysus, where to begin…
The bad news first I guess…it saddens us to report the passing of FLOWERS founding member and fantastic bass player, Lanny Mitchell. Lan passed away on 15 July, 2022 after a long battle with cancer.
Lanny was already pretty ill when we recorded COVID SESSIONS in August 2021…but he soldiered on, literally, until the end, last July.
Lan was kind enough to replace himself, as he departed, with an old friend and band-mate, Lou Schwartz. Lanny and Scott Deatrick, our lead guitar player, had played in a garage band with Lou, years ago in San Jose, Ca. They had kept in touch with Lou, who was the inspiration to our version of Walkin the Dog, off our 2021 Covid Sessions cd. Lou is a multi-instrumentalist and brings, in addition to his bass playing, harmonica and keyboards into FLOWERS audio profile.
We recorded SPIRIT HOUSE, as an homage to Lanny, at Ukiah’s Russian River Recording studio’s October 1st through 9th of this year, 2022. The studio is owned by our top-flight drummer, and FLOWERS man, Ken Ingels. Andrew Miller (“Mandrew”) was the engineer who added his magical expertise to the sound.
The Thai-styled Spirit House, the cover image on our new cd, was built for the Mitchell family by Lan’s brother, Richard Mitchell, on his California ranch. Lou’s spousling, Joann, did the SPIRIT HOUSE, images and layout for our new cd.
As we look towards the new year, The January 6th Committee is wrapping up their work. Hopefully, some of the criminal charge referrals they will make to the Department of Justice, will somehow stick to Teflon Don! We just hope our fucking democracy can survive all the crazy shit going on out there.
We realize our views do not necessarily reflect those of everyone…but we know what we believe in and where the line should be drawn between wrong, mean and inhumane.
All the best of the holidays to all our readers and fans,
You can listen to or download the Flowers first three CDs, Malt Whiskey Sessions (2019), Covid Sessions (2021), and Spirit House (2023) by following the links below. Remember, there is no charge.
Listen to Flowers newest recording, Spirit House
Use the player below to listen to Spirit House. To download the songs on Spirit House, click HERE. You’ll be taken to a different webpage, and you can download the files easily from there.
Spirit House Song Order
- Everything is Broken (Bob Dylan)
- To Be Alone With You (Bob Dylan)
- Lies (Al Anderson, Bob Dopier, Raul Malo)
- Rattlesnake Blues (Jim Poulton)
- Real Wild Child (Johnny Greenan, Johnny O’Keefe, Dave Owens)
- Last Night (The Traveling Wilbur’s)
- Born to be Blue (Raul Malo and James House)
- Baby I’m Through with You (Jim Poulton)
- Tuff Snuff (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
- Keep Playing the Blues (Lou Schwartz)
- You Wreck Me (Tom Petty, Mike Campbell)
- Down in Bangkok Town (Scott Deatrick)
Listen to Flowers 2021 Recording – Covid Sessions
To listen or download the first recordings made by the Flowers – The Covid Sessions – either follow the link in the menu above, or click HERE.
Listen to Flowers 2019 Recording – The Malt Whiskey Sessions
To listen or download the first recordings made by the Flowers – The Malt Whiskey Sessions – either follow the link in the menu above, or click HERE.