Jackson, TN, August 28, 2019: Calling After Me is No Time Flatt’s formidable sophomore project. A majority of the album is comprised of original material, and consequently it offers the listener a vivid glimpse of the artistic soul of No Time Flatt! Of these original offerings, Patrick Cupples, the band’s bass player, has written five songs beginning with a gritty The Golden Rule which is contrasted by Cupples’ beautiful tribute to his wife in Tammy Marie. Cupples also penned the title song, Calling After Me, which was released as a single on August 8, 2019. This picturesque song tells the sad, but often true story of boys who left home and mother at a very young age to fight in the U.S. Civil War, only to end up “calling after their mothers” when death or danger was imminent. The band’s official video of Calling After Me can be found on YouTube. Cupples further reveals his songwriting prowess with the melodic, yet sad waltz in I Can’t Live, complete with instrumental harmony lines. Finally, the album is concluded with his fast and hard-driving song, Whiskey and Tears, complete with a low lead, tenor and high baritone vocal stack throughout the song. Kevin Wright, the band’s guitarist, contributed the bouncy instrumental, Little Lou. No doubt, the most contemporary song on this album is How Deep Is The Lonesome which is an original and previously unreleased ballad of Nashville songwriter Kevin Hale. Hale has won or placed as a finalist in The Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Songwriting Contest and The Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival.
In addition to seven solid original tunes, the album is rounded out by renditions of Jim Croce’s beautiful ode to his wife in I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song, Buck Owens and Harlan Howard’s country shuffle, Foolin Around, Jim Reeves’ I’ve Lived A Lot In My Time, Lowell Dean Hearl’s driving gospel tune, Ten Plagues and the Caribbean-esque beat of Bob McDill’s, It Must Be Love, which was originally recorded by the legendary Don Williams and later by country superstar, Alan Jackson. Creative arrangements, intricate harmonies, a variety of vocal offerings and solid execution abound in this second project from No Time Flatt. Listeners are sure to find something they like here. Calling After Me is now available for purchase through the band’s website store at www.notimeflatt.com or digital download via iTunes, Google Play, CD Baby and other digital outlets.
Formed in 2015, with band members from Western Tennessee, No Time Flatt includes the talents of Kevin Wright (guitar, vocals), Patrick Cupples (bass, vocals), Becky Weaver (fiddle, vocals), Steve Moore (banjo, vocals) and Kevin Keen (mandolin). At live shows, fans often say that No Time Flatt is adept at connecting with and entertaining the crowd and are “consummate professionals”. The band claims that its success at pleasing listeners is due to their diligent effort in selecting a variety of great songs, then focusing on tight harmony vocals and solid instrumentation. The ensemble of outstanding musicians delivers solid bluegrass with ample original material, sprinkled with classic standards, some with a unique twist, and even songs from other genres. The band’s name evolved from the contributions of Lester Flatt, who was a founding member of the classic configuration of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys and later, Flatt and Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys. No Time Flatt’s loyal fans are, of course, known as Flattheads!
No Time Flatt’s self-titled, debut project, was released in 2017, and popularity quickly grew from there, with the band capturing the “Bluegrass Artist of the Year” awards in 2017 and 2018, at the annual Tennessee Music Awards. The band was nominated again in 2019 for the same and also for “Entertainer of the Year”, which expands across music genres. The online bluegrass magazine Bluegrass Today reviewed the first album saying, “No Time Flatt makes a solid debut here with strong instrumental work and several vocalists who handle lead and harmony vocals…Fans of the straightforward modern traditional sound should certainly find something to enjoy here.” (December 5, 2017)
The word is out about this fine band. They are appearing throughout the South in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and North Carolina. No Time Flatt recently performed for their third straight year at WSM Radio’s Pickin’ on the Plaza, held in conjunction with the Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman series in Nashville, TN and they have also played shows at Dollywood and Bluegrass First Class.