Welcome to the Join Up Dots Podcast with Denny From Flat River Band
Introducing Denny From The Flat River Band
Today’s guest joining us on the Denny from the American up and coming Flat River Band.
One thing is apparent when you listen to The Flat River Band. The trio, comprised of siblings Andy, Dennijo, and Chad Sitze, love to have fun when they are playing music – and it shows.
This bond has carried the success of the band throughout the years as the trio has opened for the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, TG Sheppard, among others.
The brothers have also charted #1 hits on the bluegrass gospel charts as well as have had their songs featured in the 2018 movie “The Least of These — A Christmas Story” featuring Duane Allen
(Oak Ridge Boys), Deborah Allen, and Tayla Lynn (Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter).
That unabandoned joy and love of music comes to the forefront when you listen to the band’s new album, Every Dog Has Its Day.
The trio’s fifth effort is one that the band is very excited to bring to the attention of its fans.
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Aaron McDaris who plays with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage was brought into play banjo, and much to the brothers’ surprise, he brought with him his 1934 Gibson RB-3 that was owned by
Sonny Osborne who recorded the University of Tennessee’s theme song “Rocky Top” with that same banjo in 1967.
One of Dennijo’s guitar superheroes, Johnny Hiland who is legally blind was brought in to play the electric guitar, while Stuart Duncan played fiddle.
Those all-star names only add to the first—rate musicianship that fans have expected from The Flat River Band over the years.
Again, Denny chalks that up to the undeniable bond between the three brothers that grew through a dozen years performing at Branson’s Silver Dollar City and five at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.
So how do you make a noise that gets heard in today’s world of American Idol and instant gratification that actually builds a career?
And is their path fixed and determined or simply understanding that somewhere down the line the dots join up to show the true story?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show the one and only Denny from the Flat River Band.
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Denny from Flat River Band such as:
How they toured as children with their parents, an unconventional childhood but one full of life lessons
Denny shared how he had to learn not to press the hot buttons of his family even when he felt a desire to do so..
Why he and his brothers have vowed never to play the Broadway in Nashville again…although it teaches you so much in the process.
Why no artist is better than the team that surrounds it, even if some members of that team turn out not to be the right ones.
The magic of Dolly Parton who has remained firmly rooted to her humble beginnings no matter how big her star.
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Interview Transcription For Denny From Flat River Band
Unknown Speaker [0:00]
When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph.
David Ralph [0:24]
Yes, hello there. Good morning to you. Good morning and welcome to Join Up Dots. Thank you so much for being here. Well throughout Join Up Dots we try to make it about every episode is a bit different. You never know what you’re going to get one day it might be an offer next day it might be an Olympian, and the next day might be an entrepreneur. Well today is certainly an entrepreneur because it is an American up and coming band called The flat River Band and we’ve got one of the members here with us today. And one thing is upon when you listen to the band, but the trio comprised of siblings, they love to have fun when they’re playing Music they really kind of just enjoy and lose himself and it shows. Now this bond has carried the success of the band throughout the years as the trio is open for the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs and many, many more. Now the brothers have also charted number one hits on the Bluegrass gospel charts, as well as having their songs featured in the 2018 movie, but least of these A Christmas Story. Now, an abandoned joy and love of music comes to the forefront when you listen to the band’s new album. Every dog has its day and we will be playing a couple of the tracks throughout the show. Now the trio’s fifth episode is one that the band is very excited to bring to the attention of its fans. It’s got star names all the way through. And you can just hear the first rate musicianship that the fans have expected from the flat River Band over the years. So how do you make a noise that gets heard in today’s world of American Idol when instant gratification But actually builds a career and is that perfect and determined or simply understanding that somewhere down the line, but dots are going to join up to show the true story. Well, let’s find out as we bring on the show, the one and only Denny from the flat River Band.
Flat River Band [2:17]
Good morning, Danny. Good morning, David. It’s great to be on your show. Man. I really appreciate you having a song. I appreciate you spread the word about our music because we’re in a in a time right now in the industry where there’s a lot of music out there.
David Ralph [2:34]
And that’s what leads straight into it because I’ve travelled extensively through America and I go into many of the bars. And especially when I spent like a couple of weeks in Nashville, the music they’re literally every artist I bought was a famous while I doing this, you know the quality of it. What sets a band apart what allows for momentum to build do you think Denny
Flat River Band [3:00]
I think that, you know, it takes a combination of several things. And I by by No, by no stretch of the imagination feel that we have, like, reached a plateau where we were, I definitely feel we have room for growth and that I think it takes a combination of things to continue to build momentum, you have to have a team, it definitely takes a team of people, you know, or a village as they say. And I think everybody pushing in the same direction, having a sharing the same mindset and goals to accomplish those tasks and goals that are at hand and there’s because there’s a lot of them, you know, so I definitely think it takes a village.
David Ralph [3:48]
Now very similar to that she every entrepreneur that I’ve spoken to vape said that scale and growth occurs once I had people supporting them on both sides. But let’s take you right back. To the very early days you are brothers obviously you grew up in the same house I imagine. Tell us about your childhood and was there always music around
Flat River Band [4:10]
with different than most bands? The three of us brothers. Me and Chad, myself, Chad and Andy we grew up playing music in our in our family band and, and we matter of fact Chad just sent me a text right there. I’m gonna shut this off. So we Yeah, we grew up in a plane in a family band. At nine years old. We were playing amusement parks together with our family. We had two tour buses. We toured from coast to coast and so we just it was a little different than then the what nothing was normal about the way we grew up. I’ll say that I’m very thankful for the way I grew up. I wouldn’t trade it for nothing in the world, but it’s like we spent before we moved to Nashville 14 years ago. We were We were travelling coast to coast plane and some outside the US like we played we played every public school and Jamaica before, you know as a family band, and we just we had so much under our belt, we were played, we’ve played every practically every amusement park in the United States as a family band. We had a bluegrass gospel band and we travelled around playing with our parents. So we move it was kind of little it was a little bit different for us because we we just hit up hit a point in in our music with our family that were like, you know what, let’s go to the next chapter. So the three of us brothers moved to
David Ralph [5:31]
Nashville. And so did did you get rid of your parents? Did you say why we’re doing it ourselves, parents move up, move away.
Flat River Band [5:38]
Not necessarily. We say listen, we’re all moving to Nashville. Y’all might as well move to that we’re going to start heading a little bit different direction musically, we’re going to start playing more country Americana stuff. And they’re like, great, we support you 100% so they actually moved to Nashville as well. They wanted to be near any grandkids that you know that we might have
David Ralph [6:00]
Denny, you haven’t got time.
Flat River Band [6:04]
So yeah, they moved they moved to Nationals to and it but it’s funny because like we when we moved to Nashville we played the whole bar scene in Nashville at the time. And then when we first moved to town, it’s like, yeah, we played our share of these. We really don’t want to do a lot of that because it’s like we can we come off the road from doing you know, four and five shows a day at amusement park. We played a Dollywood out in the Smokies for five years. We were doing like four and five sets that day. And we had played more shows and the and the last year that most people play in their life, you know, and it’s funny, the response that we got natural is like, Man, you guys are great. Just like, you know, you just started this band and you guys are this tight this and that. I’m like, Well, yeah, well the thing is, we’ve been playing music together all of our lives and they’re like, well, all you have to do is pay your dues and like one second here, we’ve been paying our dues since we were nine
David Ralph [7:00]
Yeah, but it’s a key thing isn’t it is it’s that sort of 10,000 hour rule that I always talk about. And you know, I remember listening to a documentary on the Beatles, and the Beatles when they went over to Germany as a very loose band. And they were having to play eight hours a night, every single night. And they came back really, really tight because of that constant work and that epic. Now I’m going to take you away from yourself to save the American Idol, The X Factor side, do you think that those kids are missing out on something because being groomed for success instead of actually earning it?
Flat River Band [7:41]
There’s no doubt about that. There. There’s no doubt about it. I you know, it’s and I don’t, I don’t want to say that it’s unfortunate that they’re missing out on what it actually really takes outside of, you know, hey, I’m gonna get on this TV show and do this or that. Yeah, they’re definitely missing out on a lot. But you know, if that’s the What the current model is for success? I guess that’s it is what it is. You know, we didn’t we chose not to go down that road, but
David Ralph [8:08]
well, you you kind of got taken by your parents I imagine. So how old were you when your parents first took you out on the road?
Flat River Band [8:15]
Were 9889 years old.
David Ralph [8:18]
Right? So yeah, so it was actually noted that actually allowed you to have a childhood. Was it more fun? Or was it more work?
Flat River Band [8:27]
Hey, I would I mean, there was times that were it seemed like work but I wouldn’t I mean, I’ve played I’ve got to play golf and every almost every state in the United States, I’ve got to travel. You know, when most kids were in school, I was sitting in a front seat of a bus sitting, sitting in a buddy seat, getting to see the country and I don’t think you can you can’t pay enough money for that kind of education in my opinion. So
David Ralph [8:51]
by a break so many families, doesn’t it you know, when you see like, you know, the Jacksons and the Osmonds, and so a family based businesses That is too much of the same is too much of living with people and generally with family, you operate in a different way, don’t you say worse things to your family and you you’re more rough with your family, then sort of strangers.
Flat River Band [9:15]
You’re absolutely correct. And you know, we found out the hard way on us, you know, as you grow not just as a person but as a musician, you but you grow, and you figure out where everybody’s hot buttons are, and you’ve tried to stay away from those and sometimes you’ve actually tried to hit those on purpose, especially if their families because you like you said, you know, you can get by with more than what, what what you could have say if it was a stranger or what have you. I mean, there was a time I remember I was so freaking mad at my little brother Andy. We were playing. We were coming off a four day streak or five day streak at Dollywood. And it’s like, I just felt like that it was dragon and something just hit me up man. You know, he’s a little brother. So I came off stage and We had another show after, like 30 minute gap and I just I was so aggravated at it. I was hauled off and I boxes jobs. I said, Maybe I see we’re dragging. And I was young at the time, you know, was stupid for me to do that. But it’s like, I something in my mind thought that was that was okay for me to end up being a big ruckus I end up getting a busted lip. And we were saying it in a green room. That’s like a 10 less than 10 by 10 Green Room. There’s five or six of us crammed in there. And I got a busted lip. We got to go back on stage in 20 minutes.
So yeah, we’ve learned over the years that you know, you can’t
it takes longer to heal the older you get so you’re better off to stay away from the physical contact.
David Ralph [10:46]
physical contact, obviously, you know, as I say what happens on tour stays on tour. You know, what about the groupies, especially when you’re you know, the you got the groupies and your mom and dad’s hanging around. How did that operably
Flat River Band [11:00]
Oh, that was always that was always interesting
I’ve never been one of those to kiss until so. No one
right? Yeah I bet
David Ralph [11:20]
Come on destroyed destroyed. So so so so what happens in so you’re out there and you you’re strumming a guitar you look down and there’s somebody strumming their eyes back at you and do you think to yourself I’m going to get that one before me brothers He said it was was it wasn’t a battle one
Flat River Band [11:38]
there’s some definitely some times like that it seems like that has happened but you know
David Ralph [11:43]
and was there a better looking brother was there one that you know took the cream all the time?
Flat River Band [11:48]
Well I’d like to I like to consider myself that but I’m sure those other guys would like they would say the same thing. So you know there’s a phase of my life whenever that’s that was that the girls and tastes The girls and haven’t been in the spotlight and all that was was important to me but as I’ve grown not just just as a person you know that’s that’s Elise daddy’s. That’s not even something that comes into my mind anymore.
David Ralph [12:14]
Danny, I will move on from there because I don’t think I’m going to get there. That the juicy gossip from you, but we know, we know you. There was a time that he was a bad lad.
Flat River Band [12:23]
Absolutely. There was.
David Ralph [12:26]
Let’s move you on Ben. So when you’re working at Dollywood, the home of Dolly Parton is she sort of involved Do you see her does she saw come round and jump on stage always a very much just a professional gig.
Flat River Band [12:42]
No, that’s how she would do I mean it but I mean, she. She’s like she’s almost like I’ve met her a few times because of differences situations like that at Dollywood. But most of the time. She didn’t spend a whole lot of time to her uncle bill did we shared the stage with their Uncle Bill. Darren Dollywood for a few years he did a show then there’ll be a break that we would play maybe a break then he would play a show, you know? So and but just being around her uncle bill and that it’s it’s their country to the bone, salt of the earth good people you know,
David Ralph [13:20]
with Dolly but let’s talk about her because she’s um she’s a legend no getting away from it. But she’s also quite unusual as well. You know, she actually you know, embraces but she’s trade attraction she laughs about it and stuff, you know, and Gigi hasn’t separated herself from I’m just a I’m just a girl from the wrong side of the tracks kind of thing. You know, and I ran them out when people lose fat because she seems to have never lost that that she knows where she’s grounded. But we see time and time again that people get to that. Do you know who you’re talking to stage?
Flat River Band [13:57]
Yeah, you know, I think that I think possibly some of that comes from
her upbringing in her generation
in the generation that she was brought up and not in the demographics, and it was a hillbilly atmosphere, you know, country to the bone. So I think that that’s, that’s a humble experience anyways. You know, so I think that she’s never lost sight of that just for that very reason she realises what she’s come from. So most people aren’t brought up in that, in that at that lifestyle, so,
David Ralph [14:40]
yeah, but most people get a certain amount of success, and they create a new identity for themselves, which quite frankly, isn’t that pleasant. You know, she’s a legend. She’s a mega star, but she just seems like somebody that is still the same person and I’m just interested how she’s managed to do that.
Flat River Band [15:02]
Yeah, I think she’s taken that her her upbringing and just made it a part of her niche. Also, she sold that as a package in my opinion. She’s like, you know what, I it is a name I’m a good I’m a beautiful country girl hillbilly. And that’s been her niche that she’s carried all through. You know, even when she did the nine to five stuff, and you can hear it in her inner voice, she said, she got that country, dialect that country slang and that and the way she talks even on the show on her acting parts and everything, they it’s like they capitalise on her being that that hillbilly girl, you know, so I think that’s the only reason why that she’s able to keep that persona and keep that that
that kind of niche thing going because she’s capitalised on for so long,
David Ralph [15:52]
but let’s play some words now and then we’ll be back with Danny from the flat River Band.
Jim Carrey [15:56]
My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that. That was funny. possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
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David Ralph [16:24]
unlike most people, you actually worked with your father and you work with your mother as well. So you saw them operate on both sides of the fence as a professional unit, but also as mother and father, what did you learn from them that you’ve carried with you now?
Flat River Band [16:41]
My faith actually my faith in God, it comes from them
comes from the roots my belief in God and that it comes from my upbringing, my faith does, and that’s something I’ll probably I’ll carry to my grave and
I would say that
Unknown Speaker [16:59]
Flat River Band [17:02]
it might my dad has always been a firm believer in telling the three of us boys, you know, you need to do what you enjoy do and try to figure out a way to make a living doing that.
David Ralph [17:13]
And that’s the hard thing, isn’t it? The you know, it’s all right to do something that you like, but actually making a living that’s a bridge.
Flat River Band [17:19]
Yeah, definitely. And it’s like there’s a lot of there’s a, there’s a lot of people out there trying, trying to to do that very thing and it’s like creating a niche and and running with it doing what you doing. what you love to do for a living is a big thing. It’s a really big thing.
David Ralph [17:41]
Now anyone who’s listened to Join Up Dots over the years will mention or remember me mentioning a bar in Nashville and I think it’s my favourite bar across the world. And it’s tootsies chocolate bar right in the Broadway and I’ve got drunk. Yeah, I’ve got drunk many times in there and and where I should have left the next day have ended up spending another three days in Nashville recovering from it. The music is absolutely amazing. And I remember being in there and basically testing a band, it was a band playing, and they were playing country music. And so they said anybody who wants to request a song is $20 in a bucket, which is quite a lot of money really to just request a song. And we were requesting things like the Rolling Stones bang, they would just do it. We do you know, Johnny Cash, and then we’d get more eclectic and try to sort of, you know, trip them up. These guys knew every single song and could just bash into it.
Flat River Band [18:39]
When you’re playing a four and five hour set and Broadway, which I refuse to do anymore. Whenever you play a four or five hour set. Say for example, in the to these orchid lounge, you just you do that every night. I mean, it just turns into a different player. It really does. And it stretches. Yeah. But I will say this so after a while, a lot of the if you’re playing the same set reputation because a lot of those bars down there and what they call that Broadway area of Nashville, they have stipulations on what kind of song there’s a lot of have stipulations on you can’t play songs any older than this or younger. They got different criteria on which you base a song list off of. And because these these bands are our role, most of them are just put together bands, believe it or not, that come in there. And they do. They’ve got three different bands that played the whole section from the time they open the bar to they close it at three. And you play that day in and day out. It’s like a buddy of mine. Paul Overstreet wrote a song. If you do it all the time, you can’t help but get better. So
David Ralph [19:53]
that’s how you do that. You just do it all the time. Well, you’ve certainly got better and what I want to do now is play a song I’ve been playing all week, cold in another world. And I’ll be honest, Denny annoys me this song, because it starts off and I think oh, we’re gonna sing now and it goes on a little bit longer. There’s I’m almost bursting into song too early and I’m going to point out the bit. Okay, so this is another world where I flat River Band and you’re here me go now when I want you to see here we go. Okay.
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David Ralph [20:46]
We’re still waiting. We’re still waiting.
Flat River Band [20:49]
How you got one of the best guitar players in the world play this intro right here.
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Sorry, I didn’t catch that.
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Could you repeat that?
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I was somewhere you
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could say I’m a Navy man’s
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What was that you saying?
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Take it downtown
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those little drops a lot of
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bands rapping and another
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David Ralph [24:06]
And that was the River Band. So when I was listening to that, I really like that but that’s this. This plays really nicely. And you’ve got the harmonies going. Yeah, and yeah, well he went on too long. It went on too long. Danny, you, you’ve got to get to it there. Did I not teach you that when you’re in romance, you know, just get to get to it as quickly as possible. You’ve got the harmonies going, but then when you sing, I can hear three different voices. Was that something that just came naturally because you kind of blend and then suddenly you’re back to being, you know, a family again.
Flat River Band [24:44]
We actually wrote this song with john Scott Cheryl. He’s he’s an American singer, songwriter that’s wrote like 13 number one country hits. Okay. He’s an awesome songwriter, he said, but when we wrote this with him, he’s like, you know what, let’s, let’s write a song around the fibre banner. song that we’re kind of focuses on showing off everybody’s voice a little bit, you know, so and that’s it was kind of wrote around that in
David Ralph [25:11]
my head. Now
Flat River Band [25:12]
you see the second line of the second line of that course. Because you hear harmonies coming back in over the top of says I can see your eyes and I was thinking about my baby. So then then you’ll hit the next slide you hear me come in and say see me crazy, you know so it kind of you hear this calling response type thing and we set it up kind of wrote this around our harmony so it will shine and focus on each everybody’s separate identity even singing the lead part. So
David Ralph [25:44]
it’s pretty cool. Now when you hear that, do you go Yeah, love that or do you go Oh, I wish I could have just changed but I’m very. What I like about podcasting is I do it, boom, it’s gone. I don’t have to listen to it. Again. It’s just sort of instant. But when you’re creating I eating something is is there bits that you think like an actor can’t look into his own performance?
Flat River Band [26:06]
Well, honestly, yeah. But here’s the thing, by the time that we’ve released it is a song. By the time we practice it and played it so many times and try to create this masterpiece in the studio. I don’t sit around listening to my myself. I don’t get a thrill out of occasionally I like to go back and listen to my stuff. It’s been a year since I’ve heard it or something. I’ll go back and just listen to it. They just kind of hear what we’re able to put up because we do. We self produce everything we’ve recorded. Everything we’ve done has been self self produced. Like I we decided to bring in a guitar player just to play something a little different. Who Of course, I had to learn all the parts that I bring them into play. Like this song, Johnny Highland. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Johnny or not, he’s it. One of the world’s best guitar players. He’s unbelievable. He’s a sick guitar player just so the first take It was like a practice take and it wouldn’t necessarily take he said Just let me have a pass and he didn’t even heard the song. And that’s what we the past we ended up using on the song that he took because it was the most basic stuff that he played and it’s he’s playing this this he played this pattern behind it that is just like who would have thought of that he hears these things and so it was it was a cool track record and play.
David Ralph [27:24]
Because I love the fact that before we started recording we had a few sort of audio issues and you said Oh, I’ve got to get our just our just hold this guitar. You didn’t say I’ll put it over in the corner. Do you feel more comfortable Behind the Guitar? Is it like a comfort blanket to you?
Flat River Band [27:41]
I don’t know if it’s a comfort. Maybe Maybe not. You say I tell you what my favourite thing to play as a mandolin. So that’d be my my baby Blake. By Binky. comfort that would be probably my mandolin because I know that with my mail in my hand, I can play anything. So
David Ralph [28:01]
and when you can play anything, how do you know that you’re not going to fall away from the flat River Band? You know sound because obviously you’ve got something which is very unique to yourself. And if somebody comes in and goes, I’ve got this great idea and you listen to it you go Oh, it’s a bit too far from us or would you just sort of go with it?
Flat River Band [28:23]
You know, we don’t I would say I do we’ve not really put
boundaries on on stylistically for what we do what my what I play specifically with there’s not really ever been any type of boundaries, but on. The guys have been pretty free rein for me to let me come in and play what I do my ability, although I will admit, I tend to overplay at times. I tend to overplay at times, and that’s the God’s honest truth. I tend to overplay so I have to tell myself, you know, he’d reel it in People you’re playing above people’s heads, they’re not going to understand what you’re playing anyways, it may make sense to you playing this traditional jazz lick in this spot, maybe to reel it in a little bit, because it’s like, it’s probably going to be too much for the average listener.
David Ralph [29:17]
Now, I have had lots of musicians on the show. And one of the things I rarely asked them, but I’m going to ask you, Danny, is, how do you only your team? How do you find you said at the beginning, but you need a team around you? And I know you’ve got Michael from the management team that sort of brought you onto the show. But how do you find the right ones and not get screwed over by people? Or is that just part of the game?
Flat River Band [29:42]
Oh, it’s part of the game and you’re going to run it. You know? I’ve heard stories of artists saying that, you know, oh, this guy’s been with me from day one. Yeah, it’s great to have those people but we’ve had people come and go, and we’ve been burnt. We’ve been and I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus or up any names or anything like that, but
David Ralph [30:01]
yeah, I’ve told you no one listens to this Danny, you’ve got to, you got to open up we want we want the sexy talk. We want people thrown under the bus,
Flat River Band [30:10]
I guess. You know, it’s just it’s just the nature of the beast you’re going to get you will get you play with fire you’re gonna get burnt maybe you in the industry it fire it can be it can be there’s, there’s a lot of shady people out there and you will you will get burned at some point. That’s I think it’s pretty. And you know, hopefully you can just build constantly be working and nurturing building relationships on with people that you feel like you can trust. I mean, there’s some other people we’re trying to put in place right now for booking and you know, it just takes time. It takes time and it takes networking and trying to build relationships. So
David Ralph [30:57]
so you would have had those times when the Three of you have been sitting in some horrible motel on those beds with the sort of horrible doovy on them that we’ve all stayed on looking at each other go, Where the hell is this going? Where the hell is this going? It’s just the three of us. We’re not getting the break we want. Tell us about those times because everybody’s had those.
Flat River Band [31:21]
Yeah, there’s been a few times we’ve
you know, what we’ve, what we’ve learned through because we’ve done so we’ve done this for so many years. No, we haven’t had we’ve not had the in mainstream. We’ve not had a number one in mainstream music. But, you know, we’ve had a couple buses we’ve travelled we’ve charted songs had some number ones and a smaller genre of music, but it’s like, we’ve we’ve, we’ve had to several times we’re sitting in a hotel and the sandbox hotel, hoping that bill, I asked our What are we doing here or sitting out in the middle of Oklahoma playing a string a casino just like, Man is this really what we want to do? I mean, this is this is just you know, we’re like you know what this is just we’re just this is just a passing through place and this is just a stepping stepping stone for us to get there. Next thing so you have to be constantly reminding yourself that or have an agent that books you one night up in a blister finger festival up in up in Maine and then have the two days later in Florida, which is is totally Yeah, it’s nearly it’s virtually impossible if you unless you just drove straight through and we’ve never been in position. We’ve only had a higher bus driver just a few times. Most of the time we did even our driving ourselves. So
David Ralph [32:51]
of course Titus swift could do it quite easily, but he’s a bit of a different game. So So where are you on your journey? To You know, absolute Dolly Parton legend. So we got more Dolly Parton at one end. And we’ve got somebody sitting on these bed in his underwear. 20 nice guitar hasn’t written. between the two.
Flat River Band [33:16]
That’s a big scale Are you just, I would say, you know, this is where we’re at, I would say we’re in a place of, we’re at a place of comfort. We realise this is a journey. You’re only on this earth so long. And instead of we’re just trying to enjoy the journey. We do have some goals like sure it’d be nice to have some. Next year, we’re hoping to put out another record, come back into the studio early summer and release either an EP
as far as that scale that you just mentioned. I don’t know.
Unknown Speaker [33:52]
But you know, you don’t you
Flat River Band [33:54]
know, by no means I’m not my underpants. And I’m not going to show you picture this
David Ralph [34:05]
So, so easy a time because what I’m aware we have a lot of bands is they say that when they start, they almost write about the journey that they’re on. So for example, I was I was watching a documentary The other day, about the UK band called oasis. It was very big in the 90s. They never really made it in America, but they were very big in the United Kingdom. And they said, the first album was written about the lifestyle they would leading, which was the same as the audience. And so there was a deep connection with the audience because they were writing about the things that they were all living with. And the band didn’t have any money and the audience didn’t have any money but they were just sort of breaking free from that. Once they get you know, three albums in and then the band is suddenly multimillionaires. That guy said he found it difficult to find a connection with the audience. They almost separated themselves by success. Is that something very bands like yourself? Is that something that you worry about that you can actually disconnect from the audience? Or do you stay with the genre? And it’s the genre that keeps the connection?
Flat River Band [35:11]
I think he’s right i think that it is possible. But I think if as an artist you’re constantly trying to recreate most modern artists anyways, every album they’re trying to recreate themselves. I like to stay true to the genre but at the same time I like I don’t see nothing wrong with getting outside the box and playing. I don’t I know they’re like mixing rap now with classical music and rap with jazz music and rap with country music. I’m not a big fan of that, but that’s just that’s a taste thing. But
I’ve just forgot the question that you asked that
David Ralph [35:50]
while he I forgot as well. So Oh, yeah, you know, when I think a country might might Dad was big on country and when we grew up it was called Country and Western. I don’t know why the western bits dropped. And I used to listen to Hank snow used to listen to Jim Reeves Marty Robbins always rings. And as a kid growing up, I thought they were dreadful. I couldn’t bear listening to these things. But as I’ve got older, I’ve become kind of miss Dougie to it. Is the music now? Is it still connected to the old guys? Or is it really, you know, do people look at it and go now that that’s obvious time?
Flat River Band [36:34]
I think I think it is. I think it’s some of it is connected. Not all of it is but there’s a lot of people that still look back on it. Now. I love Marty Robbins and I love that what his style was. And I think it’s good as from an artist perspective to go back and listen to some of that read, listen to it and throw it on your playlist. And there’s a I think the ability to draw some inspiration from some of that stuff is still there. So
David Ralph [37:00]
Remember that song El Paso? Do you remember that?
Unknown Speaker [37:02]
Let’s see. Out in the West Texas town
Flat River Band [37:08]
with a Mexican girl Yeah, I remember that.
David Ralph [37:10]
Yeah, I used to play that all the time. And when I went to El Paso once, it was a complete dive, it didn’t have any romance to it at all
Flat River Band [37:18]
know it’s it’s very, very dirty I apologise
David Ralph [37:24]
if anybody’s in El Paso at the moment and they’re listening and I bless them if they come after your town, but it wasn’t it wasn’t a good place. I stayed Well, okay, before we
Flat River Band [37:35]
I don’t want to return now.
David Ralph [37:38]
So before we bring you to the end on the show, and obviously we’re going to play every dog has its day. Where’s the flat River Band going? Because I you know, as I say, I’ve only discovered you this week, but I’ve been listening to the album. I really like it. It’s it’s got a connection to you know, kind of middle of the road, but there’s a Is the family aspect you know, you can feel that you are having fun, as I said in the intro,
Flat River Band [38:05]
yeah, you need to check out the video as far as where we’re headed to, we’re headed to we’re going to go back in the studio, hopefully early summer, record three or four songs to an EP, release it to radio and go back to the cycle of music again, hopefully we’ll meet some new people along the way. And we’ll get it out to a few more additional folks. And we’re just kind of building this thing that’s kind of evolving arm which is our music, you know? Yeah, great stuff.
David Ralph [38:36]
Great stuff. Well, what we do on every show is we send you on a journey that we called a sermon on the mic when we send you back in time to have a word with the young Denny and if you could go back in time and meet him in a room or or laying on his bed in his underpants training his guitar, what advice would you give him to get to where he is today? So I’m going to play the music When it fades, it’s your turn to speak to your younger self. This is the Sermon on the mic.
Flat River Band [39:29]
Hey, Denny, wake up. It’s me your older self. You need to start setting your alarm to get up early.
And that’s what I would say to myself.
David Ralph [39:40]
Blimey, Blimey, that was short that was short and sweet.
This is somebody who’s banged out five albums and he can’t do don’t do one heartfelt comment to his younger self that really well, we’ll let him go. So I’m for the audience out there. Obviously So we’re going to finish with the every dog has its day. What’s the number one best way that they can connect with you?
Flat River Band [40:06]
You can check us out at www dot Platte River Band com or our Facebook is flat river music or flat River Band either one. FRB firstname.lastname@example.org but the best way that I would say the most universal way to get us is our flight River Band calm our website, you can hit all of our social media is there and I want to encourage you all to go to like and subscribe our youtube channel which is flyover band. Let’s we will we usually update a new video once a month there and we’ve got some great new content videos up there from our latest single every dog has its day. And I appreciate you David having us on your show and it’s been
David Ralph [40:51]
an absolute delight Danny but I have to say I only asked one way that I can connect with you but but fair enough, fair enough. So we’re put 100 ways I can connect with you on the website. And if I’ve got time they can go through to all of them. Yeah, that’s the way to do it. Danny, thank you so much for being on the show. Thank you so much for joining up those dots. And please come back again when you got more dots to join up, because I do believe that by joining up the dots and connecting our past is the best way to build our futures. Danny, thank you so much.
Flat River Band [41:22]
Thank you, David. Cheers.
David Ralph [41:25]
So that was Danny from the Platte River Band. And as I say on Join Up Dots, we try to bring you different stories and different sort of entrepreneurial demming do and I suppose with a band, it must be doubly hard because it’s you know, you’ve got to be creative. You’ve got to come up with the inspiration. You’ve got to get other people to like it and then get it out to the audience. I can’t imagine how they do that. But um, Danny’s obviously doing it really well. So that was the flat we have abandoned as I say I’m going to leave you with one of their other songs from their recent album and Is every dog has its day until next time, that was Join Up Dots and this is the flattery of a band. See again.