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The Flying Sulsers!

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Green here.  The hubby and I went to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Flowers After Five last week.  The garden stays open late every Thursday, and features a local music group. This Thursday The Flying Sulsers owned the stage.

The Flying Sulsers are a Richmond cover band. They describe themselves as a “raucous mix of Swing and Country peppered with strains of Hillbilly and Bluegrass”. The show Thursday was characterized by high energy, and what I am calling “loose harmony.” The vocal blends fit together beautifully, but not in a barbershop quartet way. It feels like the musical equivalent of doing stunts on runaway horses–beautiful, technically spot-on, but with a sense of messy adventure that is appealing.

They covered a bunch of stuff, and–silly me!–I didn’t jot down the playlist. A few of the songs included “Blue Moon,” “Undecided,” “A-Tiskey, A-Tasket,” and “Two to Tango.” It was obvious the group loved what they were doing, and the best word to describe their style is “fun.” The group is led by Brian Sulser, who plays the upright bass (and even though I had 7 years of orchestra, I didn’t know until today that was called a doghouse bass), with Marty Flipman on guitar, and Aimee Sulser leading the vocals. They remind me of the Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel. They have the same casual competence that fools you into thinking their performance is easy.

We enjoyed their performance immensely. You can bump into them all over Richmond, but I’ve had a hard time finding their dates ahead of time. In addition to yearly appearances at Lewis Ginter, they’ve played at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s jazz nights, and Taste of Richmond. Lewis Ginter had the sound done perfectly. If you were anywhere near the show, you could hear every note clearly in spite of the happy kids dancing and talking.

The rest of the Flowers After Five schedule is available at Lewis Ginter’s website. The second and third Thursdays each month are also Fidos after Five, when you can bring your pets on their leash to enjoy the garden. So look for the Flying Sulsers around town, and come to Lewis Ginter on Thursday for more great music.

 

Random Music Playing in The Coop: Sonny Landreth

That Green Hen posts the Americana Music Association’s Top 25 Airplay list on our Facebook page. Green’s decided to post something by at least one of the artists featured on the list each week. Since the ownership of YouTube videos is sometimes sketchy, she’s decided to randomly pick someone off the list, then post the first video by them that is from a reliable source on YouTube. Unless she hates it; then she’ll try something else. This weeks’ winner: Sonny Landreth. His “Provogue” on his album Down With the Blues made the Airplay list. That Green Hen is highlighting “Zydeco Shuffle” from a KRVS music video.

You can buy the his music here. Down With the Blues is available for pre-order.

Ferlinghetti and Holden Forrest

Today I posted a link to an interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti with his musings on San Francisco over the past 60 years. It got me thinking about poetry as song. When I searched for Ferlinghetti music, I found this cool song by Holden Forrest, who promises “more Ferlinghetti collaborations in the near future.” You can visit Holden’s YouTube page here.