The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken album served as the inspirational concept for Doug Flowers latest CD. Flowers, who has performed with the Little Roy & Lizzy Show and Clinton Gregory, gathered together some of his favorite singers, songwriters, and pickers for a jam session in the studio. “Sometimes that means you sing, and sometimes others do,” Flowers said in the liner notes. “It means sometimes you take a break, and sometimes others do.”
The end result was a 13-song disc that exudes a fun informal picking session. Co-produced by Scott Vestal, the CD features Sam Bush, Don Rigsby, Vestal, Donna Ulisse, Marty Raybon, Cody Kilby, Tim Stafford, Mike Bub, Randy Hayes, Gaven Largent, Dustin Benson, Justin Moses, Jason Roller, Tony Arata, Lisa Shaffer, Jim Iler, Rickey Rakestraw, Tabor Flowers Henson, Torey Flowers, Brandon Henson, Jeff White, and Chris Brown.
Flowers tackles tribute songs to some of his musical influences such as J.D. Crowe & the New South on the tune “Another Town,” the Stanley Brothers with “Your Stepping Stone,” and Bill Monroe and the original Blue Grass Boys with “Will You Be Loving Another Man.” According to Flowers, “This song, one of my favorites from that era, was the first song that featured Earl Scruggs on an up-tempo break.” He puts his bluegrass spin on the Clay Walker country hit “Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open” and the clever “I Need To Be Heard,” a song about a song. Flowers rounds out the CD with a family collaboration on one of his favorite gospel numbers, “Might To Save,” with his daughter, son, and son-in-law. This collection of Flowers’ favorites is a beautiful bouquet of music. (www.dougflowersmusic.com)BC