Friday, January 12, 2018
I Love Love LOVE The Flat Five From Chicago
I am not a songwriter, so I am not bothered when I see artists covering other songwriters. And if I chose to pull out some old demos that I did write when I had a piano in my apartment, I guarantee that nothing would even come close to Brian Wilson. Flip Wilson, maybe.
So this is why I absolutely adore The Flat Five from Chicago. They are musicians and singers. I am a musician and some think I can sing harmony. I can aspire to play and sing the hell out of some of my favorite songs others have written. And this morning, I fell into a Flat Five, YouTube rat hole, and found this quintet, playing and singing the hell out of some of my favorite tunes. It was the most fun I have had all week.
As some of you may recall, The Flat Five's debut, which featured all original songs by Chris Ligon, brother of NRBQ and Flat Five guitarist Scott Ligon, was my favorite record of that year. I still play this baby with great enthusiasm. But I wanted more and I found a stunning live cover of Spanky & Our Gang's "Sunday Will Never Be The Same," which I also posted last year. I found a few other unlikely choices that blew my little mind. Quality varies, but nothing is unwatchable and all are fantastic.