Think of it as the Flood's baby pictures. Or blackmail... Take a band that's been around for more than 35 years, you've got great opportunities for photographic extortion. And, of course, the band that extorts ITSELF....
Well, we don't know where that thought is going, but, for better or worse, here are some snapshots from the Flood's earliest days, most of them from the 1970s and 1980s, including shots of great friends who are former Floodsters, like Rog Samples, Stewart Schneider, Bill Hoke and others.
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July the Fourth circa 1976, with Joe, Dave, Charlie and Stewart Schneider
David and Charlie at the Mountain Heritage Festival at Carter Caves, Ky., circa 1974
Rog Samples, who sang and picked with The Flood for a decade, from 1973 to 1982 or so.
Joe, with a favorite hat of the 1980s
Stewart, who was in the Flood twice, once on bass, another time on harmonica
The pre-beard Bowen of the 1970s, when cigarettes were still legal...
Br'er Peyton, late 1970s
Pamela in a pensive moment
David, early 1970s
Randy Jack Nuckols, who brought some wild spoon-playing to the Flood in the late 1970s
Pamela operates the old reel-to-reel recorder at a party
Bill Hoke who manned the upright bass for the band in the late 1970s and early '80s.
Charlie & Stewart, having way too much fun in '79
David, in his Amish hat period, 1981
David with Wallace the Washboard, 1980
David and Wallace emoting.
Joe, circa 1977, with when that long stare was still new
Joe in his Greek fisherman cap period
Bill Hoke, the Flood's Mike Seeger
Charlie picking at Joe's original Fret 'n' Fiddle on Huntington's West 14th Street
Charlie, who misses that hair, but not the glasses...
Joe, circa 1977
Joe, 1980 or '81
Rog Samples, about 1979
Stewart on bass
Stewart, circa 1978
Stewart and harp
Charlie begins (and ends) his brief -- darn near inperceptable -- sitar career.
Name up in lights! David, Charlie and Joe at Historic Fayetteville, WV, Theater circa 1997.
In November 1977, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, in Huntington for a conference, was persuaded to slip away to join The Flood for a few tunes on the top floor of the Huntington Publishing Co., where David and Charlie worked. In this photo, taken by Lee Bernard, the boys were joined by old Flood pal, David Holbrook on banjo.
Dave with the late, great gubernatorial candidate and columnist, Fred the Dog
Glenville, circa 1977, hippies in their VW Microbus that first belonged to Rog and then belonged to Dave. Rog, in the frontground, is playing the Spanish Fandango...
Charlie Bowen, David Peyton, Dennis and Joe Dobbs in front of the original Fret 'n' Fiddle on Huntington's West 14th Street, circa 1977.
Picking in Ritter Park at a 4th of July picnic, probably 1978 or so.
Stewart Schneider in the park with The Flood -- doing at least THREE THINGS he no longer does: smoke cigarettes, play bass and wear that hat.
Rog Samples, circa 1972, taking a break during an afternoon of music and good times at Dave and Susie Peyton's house. The fiddle? Not quite sure what that's about....
An afternoon at Peyton Place in September 1974. Photo courtesy of H. David Holbrook