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Flashback Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Flashback Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer:  I would describe Flashback as a band trying to keep the essential spirit and feel of the early J.D. Crowe and the Ky Mountain Boys and the early New South alive but with new material.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  Last year was good for us. We went through a minor change but are stronger than ever. The biggest highlight would have been recording our new CD"Denver Snow".

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer:  Denver Snow. The new single " Moonshine" has already charted on a couple of the charts and has just been picked up by Sirius XM

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer: The name came from a song Richard Bennett, our guitarist, wrote some time ago.  

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  Richard Bennett and our mandolinist, Don Rigsby wrote several of the songs on the Cd. We look for material that has the feel of the KMB and NS. Plus we did a couple songs that Crowe and them did in their live shows from the 60`s and 70`s but never recorded, as kind of a tribute to them.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  There is a mixture of old and newer styles plus an instrumental. As I explained earlier, we look for certain songs that have a certain feel.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer:  We went to a four member format for this cd, it`s a lot cleaner and tighter feel.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer:  I think it`s got a newer feel to it but retains the overall mood of our group. It`s a great song from Larry Rice , "Moonshine".

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  Songs that we all feel, you can tell ,when youre tracking a song, if it fits or not
 
Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer:  Of Flashback`s repretoire , I`d have to say,"Two Rivers". Its a song Richard Bennett and Shawn Lane wrote. It`s a beautiful ballad.

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer:  Loaded question. We control what we record and what we choose to play live, so I`d say a respectable amount of control.
 
Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer: I`ve had fans come up with tears in their eyes saying how we reminded them of the old days of the KMB and JD an the NS.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:  Thats a long list. I get inspired by the guys I`m playing with probably the most! My personal roots run the gamut from bluegrass to blues, R&R , Country, Gospel.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer: There is a lot of energy in todays music. I`m a fan of some of the newer acts, a lot of them keep true to the roots but go in newer directions.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Answer:  I think the business ahs gotten too political in nature and very shallow and plastic. It seems to be all about the dollars that are not there!

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer: I would like to see more people that have actually played this music for a living, not just part time, have more of an active hand in the business. 

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer:  Without a doubt, the time we spend on stage is what it`s all about!

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  I feel that our approach is taking it to new boundaries and beyond.
 
Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Answer: Playing the Grand Ole Opry, being on a Grammy nominated project, right now is playing with Richard and Don again after 20 years!
 
Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Answer:  Our website, www.fbband.com has our schedule, store, fan club info etc and we vcan be found on facebook as well.
 
Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer:  Flashback loves our european fans and we hope to get over there soon to meet  some of them!



Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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