Monday, February 4, 2019

Allman Goldflies Band Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Allman Goldflies Band 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: The Allman Goldflies Band (AGB) is a group that gives a fresh take on an original American music genre: Southern Rock. The band blends blues and rock styles with tight double guitars and a driving rhythm section featuring former Allman Brothers Band bassist David Goldflies topped off with the vocals of Gary Allman who is a cousin of the great American bluesman, Gregg Allman. 

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

Answer: 2018 was a mixed year. It was the first time the band hit the road and we had some great gigs and experiences. We released our first album: Second Chance. And we won the L.A. Music Critics award for best Southern Rock Band 2018.  Unfortunately, the band ran into an unethical manager and that set us back. But towards the end of the year, the band did a live-in-the-studio recording at WSRE public television in Pensacola, Florida on a show called Studio Amped. The show can be found on Youtube. We felt the live-in-the-studio taping really showed how far the band had come. We also worked with conductor/composer David Ott who took an interest in the AGB. David Ott wrote nine arrangements for our band and the Panama City POPS orchestra. The debut of the orchestrated rock show was to be on Oct. 13, 2018, in Panama City, Florida. Unfortunately, on October 10, the worst hurricane in recorded history hit the Panama City area and devastated the town. The show will be rescheduled and it will be great to hear the songs from the Second Chance album, along with the Allman Brothers Band Whipping Post and Midnight Rider performed. 

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

Answer: We put out our first album: Allman Goldflies Band Second Chance in March of 2018. The album is getting great reviews and has generated lots of fans. 

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

Answer: Our vocalist Gary Allman was incarcerated in Federal prison. Upon his release, he knew that this album, being the first made with his longtime friend David Goldflies, would be his “Second Chance”. 

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

Answer: Music can be inspired by experiences we have in our life. It can also just be created because certain sounds work well together. Second Chance has both types of songs.  All the songs were written by Gary Allman and David Goldflies with one of the songs, Southern's All I Ever Want To Be, having an additional lyricist, Cindy Menfi. Some of the songs started out as an idea by Gary Allman.  Working together with David created the arrangements that contained the double leads and melodies that really make the album more than just a jam band. Both Allman and Goldflies write a lot of songs so up to this point there hasn’t been a need to look to outside songs to record and perform. 

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

Answer: Given the background of David Goldflies and Gary Allman, the main influence is Southern Rock and Blues, particularly the music of the Allman Brothers Band. Ever Been So Lonely Baby is just a straight up blues tune with a section of two great guitarists riffing back and forth. The song Fadiddle is a mix of bluegrass, metal, and a Slavic Eastern European dance. When Jesus Calls, recorded with a live choral group, is a gospel/rock song written in memory of Gary’s mother. Each song tells a story. 

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer: When we discovered that our former manager was, um, less than honest, we wrote: “Watch out for the Fat Man.” It’s a bluesy tale of a corrupt manager. We thought it would make a great single. It should be out soon and we think he’ll love it!  ;-)

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

Answer:  We like to record songs and sounds that have meaning to us and our fans. The guys in the band are really playing at a high level now and it’s great to hear the music played back in the studio once recorded. We love what we do.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer: It was the low pay and long hours. I mean, come on, why would anyone do this? But having worked as a sideman for years it finally became important to try to add something original to the world. And by default, that makes you an artist. Now the emphasis is on being a good artist!

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Answer: A really tight, Rockin’ blues band playing music that they haven’t heard but turns them on. We give it 110% every time we play.

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 is www.allmangoldfliesband.com. The album Second Chance is available on all the online music sites such as iTunes, Amazon music, Spotify, Youtube, and others. We also have a Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/AllmanGoldflies/ 

Lamitschka: So what is next for the AGB?

The AGB had been approached to put together a new show that would be a tribute to the music of the Allman Brothers Band. We know there are many bands doing this but we feel that having David Goldflies, one of the two surviving bassists of the ABB, along with Johnny Neel on keys (who recorded and wrote material on the ABB Seven Turns album), and having the vocals of Gary Allman, we will be able to take the idea of a tribute to the Allman Brothers to a new level and really play the music in an original and inspired way. Stay tuned on this as we are just starting rehearsals for the summer tour now. 

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer: We hope to see you soon!

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