Doug Flowers & Friends
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  • All Over Me
    Genre: Bluegrass
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  • When The Morning Comes
    Genre: Bluegrass
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  • Making Plans
    Genre: Bluegrass
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  • Born Again
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:36) [5.95 MB]
  • Rawhide
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:31) [5.76 MB]
  • Riding That Midnight Train
    Genre: Bluegrass
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  • Beautiful One
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:38) [8.33 MB]
  • Run Willie Run
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:41) [8.45 MB]
  • I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:36) [8.24 MB]
  • Where The Sun Never Shines
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:35) [8.2 MB]
  • Georgia Rose
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:50) [8.76 MB]
  • Fallen Leaves
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (04:50) [11.08 MB]
  • I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:17) [7.53 MB]
  • Lisa Lee
    Genre: Bluegrass
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Bluegrass Unlimited Review July 2015
DOUG FLOWERS AND FRIENDS
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Doug Flowers is a bluegrass veteran who has played with and befriended many in our industry over the years. He’s performed with Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long and has been providing some excellent mandolin playing and harmony vocals with Clinton Gregory’s recent bluegrass resurrection.
On this new album, he calls in favors and acquaintances to make a very good album of straight-ahead bluegrass. With a title that includes the phrase “And Friends,” the list of collaborators is long and includes Gregory, banjo master Scott Vestal, gospel buddy Ben Speer, Lisa Shaffer, John Pennell, Francis Mooney, Jason Roller, Lisa Hoyle, Larry Mars, Jimmy Stewart, Torey Flowers, Tabor Lee Flowers Henson, Brandon Henson, Gerald Smith, Rickey Rakestraw, Rebekah Long, Jim Iler, and Al McCall.
What’s cool about this project is that even though some of the names listed above might not be familiar, their musicianship makes for a solid album of music. Another thing impressive about the project is that Gregory, Vestal, and Flowers co-produced it and were all on the same page as each artist is utilized wonderfully. There are seven cuts written or co-written by Flowers, the highlights being the traditional bluegrass romp “All Over Me,” the country/bluesy lead vocals of Gregory on “When The Morning Comes,” and the Stanley Brothers-influenced “Where The Sun Never Shines.” One standout song is “Beautiful One” featuring Tabor Henson on lead vocals, sweetly blended harmony vocals by Flowers and Brandon Henson and Gregory on fiddle. Flowers also gives tribute to the first generation with a rockin’ version of Carter Stanley’s “Ridin’ That Midnight Train,” Johnny Bond’s “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight,” and two Bill Monroe numbers: “Rawhide” and “I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling.” (Doug Flowers, P.O. Box 896, Hephzibah, GA 30815, www.dougflowersmusic.com.)DH





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Doug Flowers and Friends

After three decades spent playing with regionally-based artists, and stints with the Little Roy and Lizzy Show and the Clinton Gregory Band, Georgia-based mandolin player Doug Flowers has recently released Doug Flowers and Friends, filled with a number of his own original compositions alongside bluegrass classics.

Flowers has called upon many of his musician friends, including former bandmate Gregory, Frances Mooney, Rebekah Long, and banjo master Scott Vestal (who also produced and engineered the project), among several others. The result is a solid, traditionally-based effort.

Flowers, whose songs have been recorded by artists like Ronnie Bowman, Valerie Smith, and Little Roy and Lizzy, wrote or co-wrote half of the album’s tracks. Things kick off with All Over Me, an upbeat, straightforward, modern traditional tale of a man who learns of his wife’s cheating ways written by Flowers and Gerald Smith. The chorus includes a bit of clever wordplay as the singer sees his wife with another man: “She was all over me, by the way she was all over him.”

Flowers and Smith collaborated with Gregory on Run Willie Run, which tells about a fictionalized version of one of Gregory’s fiddle-playing, moonshining ancestors. It’s cut from the same cloth as a number of other recent moonshiner songs, with the added twist of the song’s main character teasing lawmen by playing his fiddle while they were hunting for his stills.

Flowers wrote Lisa Lee with Jim Iler, who also plays guitar on this track and several others throughout the album. The song, a hopeful number about cautiously falling in love, was written close to thirty years ago, when Flowers was dating the “Lisa Lee” of the song’s title. He shares in the liner notes that they’ve now been married for twenty-six years.

Born Again, another Flowers/Smith co-write, is a cheerful song that mixes Gospel themes with the ever-popular bluegrass love of home: “I was born down in Georgia, and it’s still sweet home to me, but I was born again up in Tennessee.”

Of the covers on the album, Beautiful One is probably the standout. It’s a contemporary Christian song that’s been recorded by a number of artists in that genre, but Flowers has reworked it into an excellent contemporary bluegrass Gospel song. This track was a family effort, with wonderful lead vocals from Flowers’ daughter Tabor Henson and a strong rhythm section from son-in-law Brandon Henson on guitar, and son Torey Flowers on bass. If Flowers happens to be looking for a different direction to point his next album, this song could certainly be a good jumping off place.

Other highlights are the classic country-leaning cut of Making Plans, with fine harmonies from Iler (lead), Flowers (baritone), and Vestal (low tenor), and a faithful version of Carter Stanley’s Ridin’ That Midnight Train.

Though Vestal’s banjo playing normally wouldn’t be compared to Ralph Stanley’s, he tackles the Stanley style with ease here. The album closes with a chance for Flowers to show off some hot mandolin picking on Rawhide, a song, according to the liner notes, that earned him a new F-style mandolin from his dad when he learned to play it in his youth.

Though Doug Flowers and Friends utilizes a number of musicians throughout the project, it still has a unified feel, thanks to the traditional-leaning sound running throughout the album. Flowers proves himself a triple threat here, offering strong vocals, picking, and songwriting.

Since the release of this album, he has begun booking shows as The Doug Flowers Band. More information about the album and the new group can be found at www.dougflowersmusic.com.
review written by:
John Curtis Goad
John Goad is a graduate of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program, and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies at ETSU.

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Musicians and Singers on Doug Flowers & Friends
Songs for Doug Flowers & Friends Project-

1.All Over Me-(written by Douglas O. Flowers/Gerald Smith)
Doug Flowers-Mandolin/Lead Vocals
Scott Vestal-Banjo
Jason Roller-Guitar/Fiddle
Frances Mooney-Bass
Larry Mars-Harmony Vocals

2.When The Morning Comes-(written by Douglas O. Flowers/Lisa Shaffer/Gerald Smith)
Clinton Gregory-Lead Vocal-Guitar/Fiddle
Doug Flowers-Mandolin
Scott Vestal-Banjo
John Pennell-Bass
Lisa Shaffer-Harmony Vocal

3.Fallen Leaves-(written by Louis M. Jones)
Frances Mooney- Lead Vocal
Doug Flowers-Mandolin-Baritone vocal
Ben Speer-Recitation
Rickey Rakestraw-Guitar-Low Tenor vocal
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle
Rebekah Long-Bass
Al McCall-Banjo
Jimmy Stewart-Resophonic guitar

4.Midnight Train-(written by Carter Stanley)
Doug Flowers-Mandolin- Lead Vocal
Lisa Shaffer-Tenor vocal
Rickey Rakestraw-Guitar-Baritone vocal
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle
Rebekah Long-Bass
Al McCall-Banjo

5.Making Plans-(written by Johnny Russell/Voni Morrison)
Jim Iler-Guitar-Lead Vocal
Doug Flowers-Mandolin-Baritone Vocal
Scott Vestal-Banjo-Low Tenor Vocal
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle/Guitar
Lisa Hoyle-Bass

6.Beautiful One-(written by Tim Hughes)
Tabor Lee Flowers Henson-Lead Vocal
Doug Flowers-Mandolin-Baritone Vocal
Torey Flowers-Bass
Brandon Henson-Guitar-Low Tenor Vocal
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle
Scott Vestal-Banjo

7.Lisa Lee-(written by Douglas O. Flowers/Jim Iler)
Doug Flowers-Mandolin- Lead Vocal
Lisa Shaffer- Tenor Vocal
Rickey Rakestraw-Baritone Vocal
Jim Iler-Guitar
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle/Guitar
Scott Vestal-Banjo
Lisa Hoyle-Bass

8.Run Willie Run-(written by Douglas O. Flowers/Gerald Smith/Clinton Gregory)
Clinton Gregory- Lead Vocal first verse and all choruses-Fiddle/Guitar
Doug Flowers-Mandolin-Tenor Vocal-2nd verse lead vocal
Gerald Smith-3rd verse lead vocal
Rickey Rakestraw-Baritone Vocal
Scott Vestal-Banjo
Lisa Hoyle-Bass

9.I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling-(written by Bill Monroe)
Jim Iler-Guitar-Lead Vocal
Doug Flowers-Mandolin-Tenor Vocal
Scott Vestal-Banjo-Baritone Vocal
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle/Guitar
Lisa Hoyle-Bass

10.I Wonder Where You Are Tonight-(written by Johnny Bond)
Doug Flowers-Mandolin- Lead Vocal
Lisa Shaffer-Tenor vocal
Rickey Rakestraw-Guitar-Baritone Vocal
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle
Rebekah Long-Bass
Al McCall-Banjo

11.Georgia Rose-(written by Douglas O. Flowers/Lisa Shaffer/Gerald Smith/Elizabeth Long)
Lisa Shaffer-Lead Vocal
Doug Flowers-Mandolin/Harmony Vocal
Clinton Gregory- Guitar/Fiddle
Scott Vestal-Banjo
John Pennell-Bass

12.Where The Sun Never Shines-(written by Douglas O. Flowers)
Doug Flowers-Mandolin/Lead & Harmony Vocal
Scott Vestal-Banjo
Jason Roller-Guitar/Fiddle
Frances Mooney-Bass

13.Born Again-(written by Douglas O. Flowers/Gerald Smith)
Doug Flowers-Mandolin/Lead & Tenor Vocal
Rickey Rakestraw-Baritone Vocal
Scott Vestal-Banjo
Jason Roller-Guitar/Fiddle
Frances Mooney-Bass

14.Rawhide-(written by Bill Monroe)
Doug Flowers-Mandolin
Clinton Gregory-Fiddle
Rickey Rakestraw-Banjo
Rebekah Long-Bass
Al McCall-Guitar


Doug Flowers & Friends New Release
This project has been mentioned in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and is receiving accolades in the music industry for the diversity and quality of the songs and singers. The CD is receiving heavy airplay already in the US and is now being featured in Germany and Australia as well.



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  • Members:
    Doug Flowers, Scott Vestal, Clinton Gregory, Ben Speer, John Pennell, Lisa Shaffer, Tabor Henson, Jim Iler, & others
  • Sounds Like:
    bluegrass classics and originals
  • Influences:
    Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Stanley Bros., J. D. Crowe, Sam Bush, Rickey Skaggs
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    04/30/15
  • Profile Last Updated:
    06/08/18 16:41:25
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