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The best kept secret in music


"Whitey Gumbo"

Recipe for Homemade "Whitey" Flavored Git-fiddle Gumbo

"When Im not slingin sweat or farming hair, I like to whip up a batch of good old home-made git-fiddle gumbo. It tastes great, its a good source of fiber, and it keeps me from breaking my good guitars."

Step 1) Take 1 (one) small Strat-style body from any mid-60s Japanese surf guitar. Liberally apply a band-saw and router until body is unrecognizable.

Step 2) Add 1 (one) bolt-on neck from a mid-70s Jap Les Paul copy, making sure neck-cavity is custom cut for a tight fit. (Gnaw with teeth, if necessary.)

Step 3) Slowly combine (over a period of several years, if necessary) the following ingredients: 1 (one) Jackson J-80 pickup (bridge) and 1 (one) single-coil pick-up from a 1978 Fender Music Master (neck); 1 (one) Kahler professional stud mount tremolo (with stainless steel cam and rollers, and heavy duty springs) and locking-nut; 2 (two) Carvin volume pots (no tone) and a left-over selector switch; a pinch of wire and a dash of hot solder.

Step 4) Generously spray on shiny white cream sauce (Wal-Mart white enamel spray paint works nicely) and string up with Ernie Ball Power Slinkys (11-48).

Step 5) Grill over a hot Marshall until guitar is both tough and tender.

Step 6) Remove from heat and call it "Whitey."

No. of servings: As of this writing, Whitey ain’t served nobody.


Note: This is an ode to Brett's homemade guitar.
- Brett Flowers


BFE - Brett Flowers Element 2001


Feeling a bit camera shy


Drawing from diverse musical influences, the sound of BFE is comprised of monster grooves coupled with guitar tones that range from spanky-clean to killer cut to crushing blows, punctuated by strong, melancholic vocals and compelling lyrics. An in-house poll conducted at a local Dallas performance described BFE as a 'cross between Andy Timmons and King’s X,' and The Sound MagEzine says BFE is where 'ZZ Top meets Zeppelin… hard-hitting blues funk with a distinctive Texas flavor.'

This tight three-piece group consists of frontman Brett Flowers, who wields his unique homemade guitar 'Whitey' like the "psycho from Hico" that he is; Rod 'Legz' Jansen, one of the area’s most powerful seasoned drummers, provides the thunder beneath Brett's wings, also sharing his distinctive voice in harmony with Brett's leads; and Billy Pixley, groovin’ the low end on bass as he once did with Nazareth's Manny Charlton.

In a setting that clearly showcases the considerable talents of these three musicians, the members of BFE have combined their skills to achieve what so many have not... a distinctive style and sound that is instantly recognizable, yet uniquely their own.

To date, BFE has had the privilege to perform with bands such as Ted Nugent, Warrant, Jackyl, Mark Farner, David Allan Coe, Blackberry Smoke, Seven Mary Three, Jerry Cantrell, Robin Trower, Pat Travers, Rick Derringer, Aska, Lillian Axe, Velvet Poker Dogs, Every Mother’s Nightmare and others.

BFE is also active in performing for several local festivals and benefits including the North Texas Rock Rally. BFE has also had three tunes featured in the soundtrack of the multi-award winning indie film, 'Jimbo's A'Comin.'