Flatbed Honeymoon

Flatbed Honeymoon

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Flatbed Honeymoon is an Americana band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana that has opened for the likes of Guy Clark, David Olney, Hal Ketchum and Eric Brace. In 2011, they released the acclaimed album "The Traveler" on vinyl and CD and performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Biography

Flatbed Honeymoon formed in the early 2000s around the songwriting duo of two Louisiana State University English instructors, Eric Schmitt and Randolph Thomas. Bassist Denise Brumfield joined in 2008, and the trio headed into the studio to record their debut self-titled record with producer Fred Weaver. The fifteen-song record was listed in the top five local albums of 2008 by magazine 225 Baton Rouge. Later in 2008, drummer Kevin Casper joined as a permanent member, and the band continued to perform regularly throughout the south. Randolph Thomas left in the fall of 2009, and guitarist/mandolin player Jimmy Sehon joined to complete the current Flatbed Honeymoon lineup that has opened for the likes of Guy Clark, David Olney, Hal Ketchum, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Jimmy LaFave.

ERIC SCHMITT Guitar/dobro/lap steel/piano/trumpet/vocals/songwriter: A Lake Charles native, Eric moved to Austin during college and returned to Louisiana to teach English at LSU. He’s played a number of instruments over the years, including trumpet, guitar, ragtime piano, and most recently, steel guitar and dobro. Although he enjoys a variety of music, he has recently become interested in old country and in Texas songwriters like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. He plays guitar, steel guitar, and trumpet for the local old-time country band Breaker 1-9 and has spent the last few years working on original songs.

DENISE BRUMFIELD Bass/vocals/songwriter: A New Orleans native, Denise has been a staple on the Baton Rouge blues scene for the last 20 years. She has had the opportunity to play guitar alongside of and to learn from many of Baton Rouge’s blues legends: Raful Neal, Kenny Neal, Tabby Thomas, James Johnson, Rudi Richard, and Chicago Al, to name a few. She started and fronted the band, RUDY’S SHOES, in 1994, and has appeared at the Baton Rouge Blues Fest numerous times. Also in 1994, Denise toured Spain briefly with the blues band, Short Fuse. In 2000, Denise switched from guitar to bass, and expanded her repertoire to include roots rock and classic country.

KEVIN CASPER Drums/vocals/guitar/songwriter: Kevin Casper wanted to be a drummer since he was eleven years old, but his mom sold him out. Here’s the story: “I had been playing piano since I was five, so when I took the music test for the fifth grade band, I scored high. Too high, evidently, for a drummer. When the band director asked me and mom what instrument I wanted to play, drums was the answer. ‘Drums. Just drums.’ To which the band director laughed and said, ‘Oh, no, no, no! We give drums to people who have marks all over this test! We were thinking something more along the lines of the french horn.’ The french horn! I was into The Police, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Hall and Oates. The french horn … well, my mom caved. We all settled on the saxophone. It was my first great compromise.” Sometime around 2005, Kevin bought his first drum set off Whiskey Pete Sheffer from the great Los Angeles band Los Duggans and played with several L.A. artists like Old Bull, Book, Tim O’gara, and Sean Fayecullen before moving to Baton Rouge in 2008.

JIMMY SEHON Guitars/mandolin/banjo/songwriter: Jimmy has been a guitar player in and around Baton Rouge for the last 20 years. After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood in the early 90's, Jimmy returned to Baton Rouge where he took over guitar duties for the soul/blues band, The Spencer Williams Band. Shortly afterward, along with Denise, he started the band Rudy’s Shoes. Later, Jimmy went on to play with the Elvin Killerbee Band. In 2009, after taking a few years off from performing, Jimmy joined Flatbed Honeymoon and added the mandolin and banjo to his arsenal of stringed instruments.

Discography

Flatbed Honeymoon - The Traveler - 2011: Nine song record released on vinyl and CD. Songs can be heard on http://flatbedhoneymoon.com and iTunes.

Flatbed Honeymoon - Flatbed Honeymoon - 2008: Fifteen song record released on CD. Named one of the five best albums in Baton Rouge in 2008. Songs can be heard on http://flatbedhoneymoon.com and iTunes.

Set List

Originals:

Iron Rails
Nashville
Getting Hard
Nashville
Vagabond Heart
Sweet Chicago
Me and the Boys
The Traveler
Hey, Bartender
West Texas
Rain
Blacktop
Sittin'
Constantly Insecure
Lucky Linda's
Reservation Blues
The Electrician
One Last Screw

Covers:

Sam's Place - Buck Owens
Powderfinger - Neil Young
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground - Willie Nelson
Grevious Angel - Gram Parsons
Las Vegas - Gram Parsons
Lost in the Ozone - Commander Cody
Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong
Jealous Kind - Bobby Charles
I Got Loaded - Lil Bob and the Lollipops
T For Texas - Jimmie Rodgers
Tell Me Baby - Jessie Colter
20 Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
One After 909 - Beatles
Honky Tonk Blues - Hank Williams
Runaway - Del Shannon
Singing the Blues - Melvin Endsley
I'm Ready - Bo Diddly
Chickens - Louis Jordan