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Create Your Own Flood Film Festival!

You can create your own Flood Film Festival on the fly! Hundreds of videos are used on the site — especially on the pages devoted to the weekly podcasts and throughout our ever-growing online scrapbook — and we have several tools to help you find and view movies of interest. 

filmfestFor instance, to see Flood videos filmed:

— In a specific time period, your best bet is the current page (the “Our Videos” index). Simply scroll down behow this introduction and you’ll see that the videos are listed chronologically, with the most recent years at the top. When you find something of interest, click on the underlined date on the video you want, then on the subsequent page, click the video's start arrow to view it.

— At a particular event or at a certain venue (such as Taylor Books, Route 60 Saturday Night, Coon Sanders, etc.), again, this page (“Our Video”) is the tool of choice. However, this time, instead of just scrolling and browsing, you might want to use your browser’s search function (press keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+F on Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS or and ⌘-F on Mac to bring up up a find bar and enter a search term, such as “Woodlands” or “at home.”) When you find something of interest, click on the underlined date on the video you want, then on the subsequent page, click the video's start arrow to view it. Note that you can use the same technique to find links to videos of Flood performances with specific guest artists, such as Rob McNurlin or Jesse Smith.

— Of a specific song, use our “Song Index” page, which provides links to hundreds of tunes recorded at jam sessions and parties, rehearsals and performances over the years. To use this index, browse the list below, click on the underlined date on the song you want, then on the subsequent page, click on the title of the song to hear the audio. While most of the linked tunes are audio only (often featured in our regular weekly podcast), films also are linked. Look for the “*v” designation for videos. Also note that some links lead to video of multiple songs; in that case, a time designation (such as "08:22") indicates where in the track your chosen song begins.

Finally, for more settle-down-and-get-the-popcorn Floodifying, don't miss our  long-form feature films, ranging from 30 to 90 minutes of memories, also preserved on this page, including:

1. Legacy Films, tracing the long history of the band, from its beginnings in the hippy dippy ‘70s to recent years. A special edition of the Legacy Films are devoted to "The Bowen Bashes," the 1970s-'80s music parties at which The Flood was born.

2. Our 2020 "Pajama Jams" project, launched to aid the tedium of hunkering down during the Coronavirus pandemic and featuring the many guests who have jammed with the band over the years. 

3.  Memorials and Tributes to our late friends and founders, including Joe Dobbs, David Peyton and Roger Samples.

Happy Flood viewing, friends!



2024 | 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 |  2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009
| 2008 | 2007 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 1991 | 1981 | 1979

2024

-- Feb. 8, at home, "(When She Wants Good Lovin') Baby Comes to Me
-- Feb. 8, at home, "Am I Blue?"
-- March 7, at home, with Ed Light, "Too Old to Cut the Mustard"
-- March 14, at home, "But Not for Me," "Ready for the Times to Get Better"
-- April 7, Promo for the Spring Floodango at Alchemy Theatre.
-- April 15, WSAZ-TV Studio 3 report on the Spring Floodango.
-- April 17, on First Look at 4, WSAZ-TV's Tim Irr and Susan Nicholas chat about the Spring Floodango.
-- April 21, Spring Floodango, Alchemy Theatre, "Walk Right In," "All of Me," Doug Imbrogno's "Queen of the Honeysuckle Fair," "Right for the Times to Get Better," "Jug Band Music"
-- May 2, at home, "Peaceful Easy Feeling"
-- May 16, at home, "Make You Feel My Love" and "Sunny"
-- June 27, Armstrong Cable's Press Room Recordings, "Ain't Misbehavin'," "I Am a Pilgrim," "Deep River Blues," "Am I Blue?" "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "When She Wants Good Lovin'," "Sunny Side of the Street."

2023

-- Jan. 13, at Sal's Speakeasy in Ashland, Ky., "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," "New Orleans," "These Boys"
-- Jan. 13, at Sal's Speakeasy, "When You Say Nothing at All"
-- Feb. 24 at Sal's, with Michelle Hoge, "Sister Kate/Heebie Jeebies," "Blue Moon," "Ain't No Free," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Rag Mama/Gimme Dat Ding"
-- March 31, at Sal's Speakeasy, "Trouble in Mind," "Black Coffee," "Deep River Blues" and "Singing the Blues."
-- April 22, ar Sal's Speakeasy, with Michelle Hoge, "St. Louis Blues," "Sentimental Journey," Windy and Warm," "Georgie Buck" and "France Blues."
-- April 27, at home, "I Am a Pilgrim" and "Deep Ellum Blues"
-- April 27, at home, "Corrina, Corrina"
-- May 20, at Sal's, with Michelle Hoge, "Walk right In," "Don't Get Around Much Any More," "Sentimental Journey,"Drive In," and "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down."
-- May 20, at Sal's, with Michelle Hoge, "Blue Moon," "Summertime," "Blue Skies," and "What a Wonderful World."
-- July 16, Flood Pre-Show for Alchemy Theater's "Bright Star" production, "Abilene," "Didn't He Ramble?" and "I Am a Pilgrim."
-- July 22, at Sal's, with Michelle Hoge and Jim Rumbaugh, "Fly Me to the Moon," "It Don't Work Like That," "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "My Blue Heaven."
-- Aug. 3, at home, "500 Miles Away from Home"
-- Aug. 17, at home, with Bob Murnahan, "If You Lose Your Money."
-- Aug. 25, at Woodlands, "Lulu's Back in Town," "Windy and Warm," "Sittin' on Top of the World," "Jug Band Music."
-- Sept. 8, at the Fraley Festival, Carter Caves, Ky., "No Ash Will Burn," "My Dear Companion" and "I Am a Pilgrim."
-- Sept. 23, at Sal's Speakeasy, "I Got Mine"
-- Sept. 28, Chuck Romine memorial, "Doctor Jazz"
-- Oct. 8, at Edgewood Summit, Charleston, WV, with Michelle Hoge, "Up a Lazy River" and "Sunny Side of the Street."
-- Nov. 11, at Sal's Speakeasy, "Make Me a Pallet on Your Flood," "Misty," "These Boys."
-- Dec. 5, Promo for the "Flood at 50" New Year's Eve bash.
-- Dec. 12, at home with Kathy Castner, "Our House"
-- Dec. 16, at Sal's Speakeasy with Michelle Hoge, "You Got Me Slippin'," "Honeysuckle Rose" and "If You Lose Your Money"
-- Dec. 22, WSAZ-TV's Studio 3, about the "Flood at 50" New Year's Eve birthday bash.
-- Dec. 26, WSAZ-TV's First Look at 4 segment reporting on "Flood at 50" New Year's Eve birthday bash.
-- Dec. 31, "Flood at 50" Birthday bash, Alchemy Theatre.
-- Dec. 31, "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" with Paul Martin
-- Dec. 31, "Ain't No Free"

2022

-- Feb. 17, "Summertime"
-- Feb. 17, "Lord, Ain't the Gravy Good?"
-- Feb. 17, "Autumn Leaves"
-- March 31, "It Had to be You"
-- March 31, "Different Drum"
-- April 28, "Spoon River"
-- May 21, playing Michelle Lewis Hoge's wedding in Alexandria, Ky., ("Fly Me to the Moon," "St. Louis Blues," "All of Me" and "Sunny Side of the Street.
-- May 21, "Ain't Misbehavin'," Alexandria, Ky.
-- June 16, "New Orleans"
-- June 16, "One Red Rose"
-- June 23, "My Blue Heaven"
-- June 23, "Deep River Blues"
-- July 29, at Woodlands, with Paul Martin and Chuck Romine, "All of Me," "Ain;t No Free," "Wayfarin' Stranger" and "Up a Lazy River"
-- Aug. 14, with Kathy Castner, "The Rose"
-- Aug. 18, "These Boys"
-- Aug. 18, "Alberta, Let Your Hair Hang Low"
-- Sept. 15, "Dead Cat on the Line"
-- Sept. 15, "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down"
-- Sept. 24, at Fret 'n Fiddle with Jesse Smith and Michelle Hoge, "Didn't He Ramble?" "Ain;t Misbehavin'," "Misty" and "Bye Bye Blues"
-- Oct. 13, at home with Doug Imbrogno, "Champagne from a Mason Jar," "Georgia on my Mind," "Ain't No Free, "Honeysuckle Rose."
-- Oct. 13, "Georgie Buck"
-- Nov. 13, at Booktenders, "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor," "Summertime," "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," Dink's Song/Loch Lomond," "Sittin' on Top of the World."
-- Dec. 1, "Ramblin' Boy"
-- Dec. 9, at Sal's Italian Eatery and Speakeasy, with Michelle Hoge and Jim Rumbaugh, "Sittin' on Top of the World."
-- Dec. 14, house concert at Zoe Brewer's farm, Burnaugh, Ky., "Down in the Flood," "Wayfaring Stranger," Lulu's Back in Town."
-- Dec. 21, "These Days"
-- Dec. 21, "Suffer to Sing the Blues"
-- Dec. 29, "Four Strong Winds"

2021

-- Jan. 26, "Harlem Nocturne"
-- Feb. 27, featured on "The Good Time Show with Michael Valentine," part of the tribute to the 150th birthday celebration for Huntington, WV.
-- March 2, "You Got Me Slippin'"
-- March 2, "Satin Doll"
-- March 2, "God Bless the Child"
-- March 2, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
-- April 10, Flood Lite, "Peggy Day," at Heritage Station's Second Saturday Market
-- April 18, Flood Lite, "Summertime," at Ritter Park fountain
-- April 18, Flood Lite, "Wade in the Water" at Ritter Park fountain.
-- May 2, "Yellow Dog Blues," Central Park, Ashland, Ky.
-- May 2, "Gypsy Doug," Central Park, Ashland, Ky.
-- May 2, "Moondance," Central Park, Ashland, Ky.
-- May 13, "Wayfarin' Stranger"
-- May 13, "The 4th Street Mess Around"
-- May 18, "Black Coffee"
-- May 18, "Hard Times"
-- July 9, from Edgewood Summit in Charleston, "Bye Bye Blues," "All of Me," "Fly Me to the Moon" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street."ree
-- Aug. 21, from Diamond Teeth Mary Blues & Arts Festival, "St. Louis Blues," "The Last Fair Deal Gone Down," "4th Street Mess-Around"
-- Nov. 13, at the Second Saturday Market at Heritage Station, "Honeysuckle Rose," Jug Band Music," "Georgia on My Mind," "Yellow Dog Blues."
-- Nov. 13, at the Second Saturday Market at Heritage Station, "If You Lose Your Money, "Dink's Song / Loch Lomond," "Ain't Misbehavin'."

2020

-- May 14, Flood Lite, "Dinah"
-- June 28, Virtual Album Release Party for "Speechless" CD.
-- Aug. 19, Flood Ultra Lite, "Stardust"
-- Sept. 1, "St. Louis Blues"
-- Sept. 1, "Fly Me to the Moon"
-- Sept. 4, Tribute to Dave Peyton.
-- Nov. 11, "Moonglow"
-- Dec. 8, "Opus One"
-- Dec. 8, "Suffer to Sing the Blues"
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Dec. 31, Virtual New Year's Eve Party!

2019

-- Jan. 3, with Rob McNurlin & Jacob Scarr, "Milk Cow Blues"
-- March 9, at Taylor Books, "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down"
-- March 16, at Route 60 Music Co., "Amelia's Waltz," "Blue Skies," "Sentimental Journey"
-- May 18, at Route 60 Music Co., "The Last Time (You'll See Jenny)"
-- May 31, 4 from Woodlands show ("Raisin' a Ruckus," "Ain't No Free," "Green Rolling Hills of WV," "Jug Band Music.")
-- June 15, 2 at Route 60 Music Co., "All of Me" and "Steptown."
-- June 15, 2 at Route 60 Music Co., "Ramblin' Boy"
-- July 9, at home, "Misty."
-- Aug. 6, at home, with Jacob Scarr, "Jug Band Song."
-- Sept. 21, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "Wonderful World"
-- Sept. 21, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
-- Sept. 28, at Taylor Books, ("Way Downtown," "St. Louis Blues," "One Red Rose," "Sittin' On Top of the World.")
-- Sept. 28, at Taylor Books, ("Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia")
-- Oct. 19, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "Oop Pik."
-- Nov. 16, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "The Last Thing on my Mind."
-- Nov. 16, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "Lord, Ain't the Gravy Good?"
-- Dec. 21, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "Georgia on My Mind"
-- Dec. 21, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "In the Bleak Midwinter."
-- Dec. 21, at Route 60 Saturday Night, "Please Come Home for Christmas."
-- Dec. 21, art Route 60 Saturday Night, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

2018

-- Jan. 2, with Jacob Scarr, "Muddy Willie," "Golden Apples of the Sun," "Payday," "Dink's Song"
-- Jan. 9, "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You"
-- Jan. 26, with Jim Rumbaugh, Woodlands, "Glory of Love"
-- March 12, at home, "Walkin' After Midnight"
-- March 17, Route 60 Music Co., "The Wild Rover"
-- March 17, Route 60 Music Co., "One Day This Rooster..."
-- March 17, Route 60 Music Co., "Down by the Salley Gardens"
-- May 19, Route 60 Music Co., "Abilene"
-- May 26, with Jim Rumbaugh, Taylor Books,"Ain't Misbehavin'," "Since I Fell for You,
                                   " All of Me" and "France Blues"
-- June 16, Route 60 Music Co., "West Virginia Friend"
-- July 16, "I Almost Lost My Mind"
-- Sept. 15, Route 60 Music Co., "Summertime"
-- Sept. 15, Route 60 Music Co., "Around the World Waltz"
-- Oct. 2, "Cheyenne," "Lovers' Waltz," "Shady Side of Town," "The Star of the County Down," "Ook Pik Waltz."
-- Oct. 20, Route 60 Music Co., "Lady Be Good," "October Wind (Castle of Dromore)"
-- Nov. 17, Route 60 Music Co., "Sentimental Journey"
-- Nov. 17, Route 60 Music Co., "Stormy Weather"
-- Dec, 15, Route 60 Music Co., "The Christmas Song"

2017

-- Jan. 14, Taylor Books, "Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia"
-- April 15, Route 60 Music Co., "Jug Band Music"
-- April 15, Route 60 Music Co., "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "Don't Let Your
                                Deal Go Down," Wayfarin' Stranger," "Seven Bridges Road" and "Summertime"
-- May 18, Facebook Live, multiple songs, 51 mins.
-- June 10, Central City Days, "Didn't He Ramble"
-- June 27, "Can You Run?"
-- Sept. 16, Route 60 Saturday Night premiere, sampler, 8 mins.
-- Oct. 10, at home, "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down"
-- Oct. 17, at home, "Hey Baby," "Dixie Hoedown," "If You Lose Your Money"
-- Oct. 31, at home, "Louise," "Miss Rowan Davies," "(Wish I Could Shimmy Like My) Sister Kate."
-- Nov. 7, with Rob McNurlin, "Danville Girl"
-- Nov. 7, "You Got Me Slippin'," "These Days," "You're No Good"
-- Nov. 17, at home, "The Last Time"
-- Dec. 5, at home, "No Ash Will Burn"
-- Dec. 5, at home, "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore"
-- Dec. 19, at home, "I Almost Lost My Mind"
-- Dec. 19, at home, "Fly Me to the Moon"
-- Dec. 19, at home, "Reflections of My Life" and "Peggy Day"

2016

-- Feb. 12, R.I.P., Roger Samples, our tribute video
-- April 9, Red Caboose, "Wayfarin' Stranger"
-- April 9, Red Caboose, "Sunny Side of the Street"
-- Aug. 14, Vernor Peyton's 91st birthday party, "Up a Lazy River"
-- Dec. 27, with Jacob Scarr, "One Too Many Mornings"

2015

-- Jan. 26, Mount Sterling, Ky., Joe and Roger's last jam, "If"
-- May 20, at the V Club, "Rag Mama / Gimme Dat Ding"
-- May 20, at the V Club, "Somebody Been Using That Thing"
-- Sept. 21, R.I.P., Joe Dobbs, our tribute video

2014

-- March 19, at home, "Way Downtown"
-- March 28, with Chuck Romine, Woodlands, "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down"
-- March 28, Woodlands, "Ragtime Annie"
-- March 28, Woodlands, "My Dear Companion"
-- March 28, with Chuck Romine, Woodlands, "Way Downtown"
-- July 2, "Ragtime Annie" (07:10)
-- July 2, "Mississippi Sawyer" and "June Apple"

2013

-- Jan. 30, with Buddy Griffin, "Flowers of Edinburgh"
-- March 13, Armstrong Cable videos a Flood rehearsal, multiple tunes, 1 hr 10 mins.
-- June 2, Waverly, WV, several tunes, 9 mins.
-- June 28, Woodlands, with Jim Rumbaugh, "You Don't Know Me," "Dead Cat on the Line," "Fly Me to the Moon,"
                              "I Got Mine," "Wayfarin' Stranger," "No Ash Will Burn."
-- June 28, Woodlands, "New Wreck of the Old 97"
-- Aug. 17, Mount Sterling, Ky., Last jam with Rog Samples, including "July, You're a Woman"
                                and "Samson and Delilah" in The Flood's 2018 feature film, Play One More.
-- Sept. 29, Romney, WV, Ken Hechler's surprise party on his 99th birthday.

2012

-- Jan 6, with Jacob Scarr at Wyngate, "Jug Band Music"
-- Jan 18, with Doug Imbrogno & Albert Perrone, "Wild Horses"
-- Jan. 18, with Chris Sutton, "Trouble in Mind"
-- Feb. 1, "Clarinet Polka"
-- Feb. 1, "Cincinnti Rag" and "Red Wing/Snow Deer"
-- Feb. 22, with Sallie Sublette, "Tell It to Me"
-- March 14, with Dennis Dobbs, "Payday"
-- June 17, Romney, WV, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Summertime," "Didn't He Ramble," Rag Mama,"
                                 " Walking After Midnight," "Jug Band Music."
-- July 14, Heritage Station, with Jacob Scarr, "Muddy Willie"
-- Sept. 28, Woodlands, "Walk Right In, "Abilene," "Ain't No Free," "San Francisco Bay Blues"
-- Sept. 28, Woodlands, "Blue Moon"

2011

-- Jan. 22, Mount Sterling, Ky., Samples Bros & Buddy Griffin, "Just Because"
-- March 2, with Randy Brown and Jesse Smith, "Up a Lazy River"
-- March 9, at Wyngate, "Can't Get That Stuff No More," "Fly Me to the Moon," No Ash Will Burn,"
                             "Muddy Willie," "Bye Bye Blues"
-- March 17, Heritage Station, "McLeod's Reel"
-- March 30, "Midnight Special"
-- April 20, "The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me"
-- May 14, Coon Sanders, "Somebody Been Usin' That Thing"
-- May 14, Coon Sanders, "Moonshine in Those West Virginia Hills"
-- May 14, Coon Sanders, with Chuck Romine, "Hello, Central, Gimme Dr. Jazz"
-- June 8, Jacob's send-off party, "Stormy Weather"
-- June 8, Jacob's send-off party, "Whisky Before Breakfast"
-- June 8, Jacob's send-off party, "Down in the Flood"
-- June 29, with Rog Samples, "Ladies Sail Away"
-- July 6, "Spoon River"
-- July 27, with Wendell Dobbs, "St. Anne's Reel"
-- Aug. 3, with Phyllis Dale, "Kansas City"
-- Aug. 3, "Yas Yas Duck"
-- Aug. 3, "Sail Away Ladies"
-- Aug. 15, with Kathy Castner, "For Baby"
-- Aug. 17, Trackside Studios, recording "Wade in the Water," video sampler
-- Aug. 17, Trackside Studios, "Wade in the Water"
-- Aug. 17, Trackside Studios, "Somebody Been Using That Thing"
-- Aug. 17, Trackside Studios, "Didn't He Ramble?"
-- Aug. 31, with Mike Smith, "On Raglan Road"
-- Sept. 9, "Twisted Laurel" and "Un Canadien Errant"
-- Sept. 21, with Paul Martin, "Fire on the Mountain"
-- Sept. 28, "Basin Street Blues"
-- Oct. 12, with Rob McNurlin, "Angel Band"
-- Nov. 9, with Mark Keen, "Backwater Blues"
-- Nov. 16, "Moonglow"
-- Nov. 30, "Stealin'" and "Fish and Whistle"

2010

-- Jan. 27, "Furniture Man" and "Suffer to Sing the Blues"
-- Jan. 27, "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Maidens"
-- Jan. 27, with Doug Imbrogno, "Champagne"
-- Jan. 28, "Solid Gone"
-- March 10, with Randy Brown, "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone"
-- March 10, with Randy Brown, "It Had to be You"
-- March 10, with Randy Brown, "Sittin' on Top of the World"
-- March 17, with Randy Brown, "What's That Taste Like Gravy?"
-- March 17, with Randy Brown, "Good as I Been to You"
-- March 17, with Randy Brown, "One-Eyed Sam"
-- May 15 , Coon Sanders, with Dale Jones, "All of Me"
-- May 15 , Coon Sanders, "Rag Mama / Gimme Dat Ding"
-- May 26, "Ook Pik"
-- June 16, with Jim Rumbaugh, "St. James Infirmary"
-- July 28, with Rod & Judy Jones, "Heaven's Radio"
-- Aug. 6, Fairmont, WV, "Somebody Been Using That Thing"

2009

-- Jan. 14, with Wendell Dobbs, "The Water Is Wide"
-- Feb. 18, WSAZ-TV's Tim Irr, feature on The Flood
-- April 1, with Mike Smith, "Whisky Before Breakfast"
-- April 8, with Mike Smith, Four tunes from Joe.
-- April 9, "Georgia on My Mind"
-- April 16, "Alabama Jubilee," with Chuck Romine
-- April 19, Picking for Peggy, with Kathy Castner, 8 minutes, four songs.
-- April 22, "Buddy Bolden Blues," "Nobody Knows You When You're & Out," "W.Va, My Home," "Jelly Rolly Baker."
-- April 22, with Chuck Romine, "Coney Island Washboard Roundelay" featuring Dave Peyton & Wallace Washboard!
-- Oct 5, Harris Riverfront Park, "Wade in the Water"
-- Oct 5, Harris Riverfront Park, "Tear It Down"
-- Oct. 28, with Bill Hoke, "Foggy Mountain Top"
-- Oct. 29, "Vandalia Waltz"
-- Nov. 18, at home, "Ain't No Free"
-- Nov. 19, at the Renaissance Center, "Somebody's Been Using That Thing"
-- Nov. 25, with Matthew Parker, "Wade in the Water"
-- Dec. 2, "The Dutchman" and "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain"
-- Dec. 9, "Lulu's Back in Town"
-- Dec. 22, "Come Back to us, Barbara Lewis, Hare Krishna Beauregard"
-- Dec. 22, "I Never Cried"
-- Dec. 22, "The 4th Street Mess-Around"
-- Dec. 22, "Birth of the Blues"

2008

-- March 7, Huntington civic arena, Ohio River Festival of Books, WSAZ-TV snippet
-- Oct. 6, Harris Riverfront Park, "Jug Band Music"
-- Oct. 8, at home, "Bye Bye Blues"
-- Oct. 19, at Tamarack, two songs, "Didn't He Ramble?" and "Moonshine in Those West Virginia Hill."
-- Nov. 19, at home, "Georgie Buck"
-- Nov. 27, at home, "Payday"

2007

-- Aug. 3, at Prickett's Fort, Fairmont, WV, "Summertime," "Moonshine in Those WV Hills," "Sittin' on Top
                         of the World," "Clarinet Polka."

2005

-- June 22, Charleston, the first FestivALL, WVAH-TV snippt

2004

-- Winter, Joe appears in the West Virginia Lottery Commission's 30-second "bluegrass commercial."

2003

-- June 7, Jim's Steak & Spaghetti, 65th anniversity, WSAZ-TV report

2002

-- Jan. 11, WSAZ-TV, Steve Eschleman story.
-- March 3, at the Cabell Co. Public Library, WOWK-TV and WSAZ-TV
-- March 6, Playing for Gov. Wise's dancing, WSAZ-TV
-- Sept. 18, St. Zita's, WV Public TV, "Outlook."

2001

-- Aug. 19, WSAZ-TV, Opening of the Masquerade Dinner Theater

1991

-- Oct. 29, WV Public TV, "An Evening with Joe Dobbs," Andy Ridenour

1981

-- Sept. 19, "Unchained Melody" music video.

1979

-- June 5, PM Magazine features Joe and Dennis Dobbs in a story about their shop, "Fret 'n' Fiddle."

1978

-- July 7, Pocahontas County, WV, Joe & Dennis Dobbs with Mary Faith Rhoads, multiple tunes, 12 minutes.

 

The Flood's Feature Films


The Pajama Jams
(2020)

pjAs the Coronavirus pandemic started in early 2020, we weree so impressed with efforts by musicians around the world who offered online concerts and performances — all free for the streaming — to try to ease the stress and tedium of our having to hunker down in our homes and wait that thing out. We in The 1937 Flood, wanting to do our own small part in this effort, launched a new series of videos we called The Pajama Jams, because — get it? — you can attend in your pj’s… or, well, heck, buck naked, if that’s what tunes your fiddle! The series consisted mostly of never-before-released audio and video recorded at assorted Flood jams and rehearsals and on-stage performances over the decades, especially those at which friends came to sit in with us.

Throughout the spring, a new PJ Jam was released each Saturday morning, by the end of the season, amounting to nearly 15 hours of audio and video. The entire series is clickable below. You can watch and listen the shows in the order in which they were released, or you can browse and hunt up your favorite performers and/or genres. For instance, if you're looking for virtuoso players, check out fiddler Paddy King or guitarist Jesse Smith. Want traditional Appalachian music? You don't want to miss The Samples Brothers with Buddy Griffin or Rod & Judy Jones, our Australian friends. Is folk music more to your taste? Click on Mike Smith or Cathy Barton & Dave Para. Singer-songwriters? You to catch Douglas Imbrogno, Rob McNurlin and/or Tom Norman. Is it blues that move you? Then definitely click into Chris Sutton, Jacob Scarr and/or Jim Rumbaugh. How about a little keyboard magic from some good old steamboatin' pals? You want Phyllis Dale and Jazzou Jones.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Flood Legacy Films

Roger Samples' First Bash, 1974 (2020)

 

This “legacy film” from The 1937 Flood features music and photos from a party that Pamela and Charlie Bowen hosted in the South Side of Huntington, WV, more than 40 years ago. Some background: By the fall of 1974, Charlie had been playing music with David Peyton for less than a year. We didn’t even have name for our ensemble yet, but by mid-summer, the third crucial element of what would become The 1937 Flood was in place, namely guitarist/singer Roger Samples. Now, before Peyton was picking with Charlie, he had been half for a great duo with Roger. In fact, the Peyton-Samples duet played parties and coffeehouses in and around Marshall University all during the years before Roger graduated, married and moved away. So, because of his history with David, Roger was fairly easy to reel back into that world in ’74 when he came back to our neighborhood. Now, about the party featured in this film. For about a decade, Pamela and Charlie hosted semiannual music gatherings that their friends started calling “the Bowen Bashes.” Starting in the spring of 1972, the parties features three days of music by our friends from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, folks like the players featured in this edition of the legacy film series: H. David Holbrook, Bill Hoke, Susan Lewis, Jack Nuckols, Jim Strother and, of course, Peyton and Bowen. But hands down, the news from this particular November 1974 weekend was that it was Roger Samples’ first bash, the party that would introduce him to friends he would have for decades to come!


Joe Dobbs' Coming Out Party, 1975
(2020)

 

For about a decade, Pamela and Charlie hosted semiannual music parties in our home in the south side of Huntington, gatherings that their friends started calling “the Bowen Bashes.” This Flood legacy film celebrates the bash that happened there in September 1975, the one at which Joe met — and wowed — the people who by then had been coming to those parties for years by then. Now, actually, Dave Peyton and Charlie Bowen had met Joe five months earlier than that at an arts and crafts festival downtown. Soon Joe was regularly fiddling with us out at Dave and Susie’s house on Mount Union Road. Quickly our old buddy Roger Samples was drawn in too, and by mid-summer Joe was a full-fledged member of The Flood, the band he would play with for the rest of his life. So by the time the September bash came along, this newest Floodster was ready to meet our extended musical family. Well, yeah, as it turned out more than just “meet.” Like the prettiest new girl at the ball whom everyone wants to dance with, all the musicians that weekend wanted to play some tunes with Joe. And as you’ll hear in the next hour, play they did. You’ll hear Joe rocking with The Kentucky Foothill Ramblers, trading licks with H. David Holbrook’s rollicking banjo, providing beautiful fiddle harmonies for the vocals of Susan Lewis and Bill Hoke and Ronnie Sanders. Joe also found time for imaginative duets with Roger and Dave. And of course, he was front and center on everything The Flood played that weekend. This film also takes a moment to feature other pickers at that bash, including memorable fiddling of Gus Meade and Jim Strother.

 

Flood & Friends (2018)


 

Over the past decade, scores of friends have sat in with The Flood at its weekly gatherings in a 90-year-old house in a sleepy neighborhood on the South Side of Huntington. This 75-minute film celebrates some of those memorable moments, built around Pamela Bowen's original videos of two dozen friends performing at jam sessions dating from 2009 to the present. Among the artists featured in the film are (in order of appearance) Jesse Smith, Phyllis Dale, Wendell Dobbs, Sallie Sublette, Mark Cabell, Chris Sutton, N.F. "Nerf" Brown, Mike Smith, Buddy Griffin, Rod & Judy Jones, Bill Hoke, Kathy Castner, Rob McNurlin, Doug Imbrogno, Jim Rumbaugh, Roger Samples, Michael Lyzenga, Tom Norman, Paula and Richard Stewart, Mark Keen, Randy Brown, Jacob Scarr, Chuck Romine ... and of course, members of The 1937 Flood as the accompanists and the cheering section!

Play One More (2018)

 

A few years back, the Peytons (Dave and Susan) and the Bowens (Pamela and Charlie) traveled to Mount Sterling, Ky., for a memorable afternoon with Roger and Tammy Samples, a time of laughs, stories and, of course, music. And Pamela was wise enough to capture videos of some of the tunes we did together, songs that dated back to the very beginning of the band. Of course, that day we had no way of knowing that this would the last time we would all be together … but perhaps there was an unspoken suspicion of that sad reality. By that August 2013 afternoon, Roger was mid-way through what would be a five-year battle with cancer. There were good days and bad days for him, and, sadly, after that summer, more bad than good. But this was a decidedly good day. At the end of a music session, Roger often liked to quote the opening lines of a favorite Ian Tyson song: “Play one more and then I'm leaving, boys. Pick one more — let those guitars ring…” Well, ring they did on this sunny summer day in Kentucky.

Memorials & Tributes


Tribute to David Peyton
(2020)

 

The fact is that The 1937 Flood, now approaching its second half century, simply would not exist were it not for David Peyton. Everything about our band — its Appalachian roots, its sassy attitude, its willingness to wander pretty far afield in pursuit of the novel or the noble or, yeah, well, sometimes just the naughty — came to us over the decades through the creative instincts of Brother Peyton. We were in awe of David’s special brand of alchemy that could take him from the fierce to the fun-loving and back again at the speed of a laugh and wink, and all the rest of us made it our mission just to try to keep up. This tribute celebrates the life of Dave Peyton, a great West Virginian and a dear friend.

 

Memories of Margaret (2019)

 

This tribute to Margaret Ray features her music, her photos and her friends. The project began just a day or so after we heard the news of Margaret’s death in September 2019. The news prompted the Bowens to remember all the great music that Margaret used to make with Joe Dobbs and Bill Hoke in the early 1980s. And since Charlie and Pamela never seem to throw anything away, they still have reel-to-reel recordings of some of those memorable tunes. The more they thought about it, the more it became clear that this story deserved much more than just a few little audio clips. This film incorporates video from Pamela, audio from four decades of joy and some wonderful vintage photography by Jackie Jadrnak. Margaret Ray was never a member of the band, but she had long, deep roots to The Flood’s extended family, reaching back nearly 40 years. We first met the shy, pretty Margaret Ray in the early spring of 1980, when Joe Dobbs brought her to one of those rowdy music house parties in the southside of Huntington, WV, that The Flood and friends had been playing for years by then, and that's where this story begins...

Joe Dobbs, Remembering Our Dear Friend (2015)

 

In Memory of Roger Samples (2016)