We have free downloadable .mp3s. Each Wednesday night, some or all of the guys gather at Charlie & Pamela's house for the weekly Flood rehearsal. Often friends and neighbors come round to listen. These sessions usually recorded and these days, we share occasional tracks from the jam sessions through a project called Jam Logs, Freebies from The Flood.
We stream the Jam Logs tunes on our Digital Jam Session page and we also make them available as free downloads on our last.fm pages. Click here to reach that steaming audio page or click here for the last.fm page where you can download any cuts you want..
And speaking of last.fm, we also allow for free listening of the Flood tracks on that site -- click here to visit our albums page on last.fm.
George Walker, who recorded, produced and mixed the Flood's second and third CDs (Plays Up a Storm and I'd Rather Be Flooded), recently started experimenting with some new recording software and decided to take a new look of some of this older work. The result? Remasters of four flood tracks from 2002, which we can offer to you as freebies for download. Thanks, George!
Click a title from the list below to hear and/or download the .mp3 for that specific tune:
1. Alabama Jubilee. Penned in 1915 during Tin Pan Alley’s love affair with ragtime, this classic good-time tune was written by George L. Cobb, who that same year published his great “Are You From Dixie?”
2. Alberta, Let Your Hair Hang Down. This old folk tune actually is an Ohio River song, sung by the roustabouts who loaded and unloaded the steamboats. Hundreds of contemporary versions exist, including one by The Blues Project back in the late ’60s to a fairly recent Bob Dylan cover.
3. Lulu's Back in Town. Written by Harry Warner and Al Dubin for the 1935 stage show “Broadway Gondolier,” this great old tune was performed by the Ted Fiorito Orchestra, Mel Torme and The Mills Brothers, not to mention a fabulous version by another of our heroes, Leon Redbone.
4. Rag Mama/Gimme Dat Ding. We learned the first part of this medley (“Rag Mama”) from a 1964 recording by David Grisman’s Even Dozen Jug Band. The Flood takes the blame for combining it with “Gimme Dat Ding.” The wonderful old Albert Hammond-Mike Hazelwood novelty tune was first recorded by The Pipkins, but a better known version was the 1970s release by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.