My Street (North Florida Version) (Big Stir Digital Single No. 53)
Courtesy of our friends at SPYDERPOP RECORDS, we at BIG STIR RECORDS are proud to present a pair of exclusive tracks teasing the forthcoming – and keenly awaited – album from Texas guitar pop legend LANNIE FLOWERS, entitled HOME. “My Street (North Florida Version)” b/w “Summer Blue” are out Friday, November 22, and up for preorder now at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles as always. Both tracks are unique to this release: “My Street” will appear in a different version on Home and “Summer Blue” is a currently-unavailable track which debuted as part of Lannie's celebrated March To Home monthly singles series, each installment of which was available for one month only at the SpyderPop website.
Lannie Flowers has been a standard bearer for power pop, beginning in the '70's with The Pengwins and continuing through a “story arc” of critically-acclaimed LPs in the new century. Commencing with Same Old Story in 2008 and continued by Circles (winner of LA Music Awards 2013 Record of the Year honor), the cycle reaches its conclusion on Home, to be released in December on SpyderPop.
Where Same Old Story tells the tale of teenage romance and Circles describes the feelings coursing through a young musician on the road, the poignant and decidedly not power pop Home recounts the emotions of an aging rock and roller contemplating life after the road. Featuring Lannie’s most accomplished songwriting and arrangements to date, and advance notices for the album are nothing short of rapturous. It's being called “a musical tour-de-force and a revealing look into a songwriter that understands the human condition” (Stephen Schnee, Disussions Magazine), “a masterpiece” (Mike Lidskin, Twirl Radio) and “the aural equivalent of a box of chocolate” (George Gimarc, Texas Radio Hall Of Fame).
John Borack of Goldmine Magazine, whose book Shake Some Action 2.0 enshrines a live album by Flowers amongst the Top 200 power pop records from 1970-2017, sums the record up thusly: “Lyrically thoughtful, nuanced, passionate and always melodically stimulating, Lannie Flowers continues his string of top-notch releases with the fabulous Home."
This single's exclusive version of live favorite “My Street” is dubbed the “North Florida Version” to differentiate it from the track as it will appear on Home. SpyderPop's Victor Erwin describes how it came to be:
Discussion with Pat Buchannan, a mainstay of the Nashville music scene. His prodigious guitar talents have been used live and in the studio by Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Don Henley, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Crenshaw, Darius Rucker and numerous other noteworthy musicians. He received the Academy of Country Music award for Guitarist of the Year in 2005.
Vic: Lannie and I really liked what you did with “My Street” – the dobro was inspired. We’d like you to take another run at it, however. Pat: Yeah, I was going for an Eagles-thing but didn’t quite get there. What do you guys have in mind? Vic: Some Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) type guitar. Pat: Cool – I’ll get it done by tomorrow.
10 minutes later…
Pat: Hey Vic – what era Mike Campbell? Vic: Oh heck, I don’t know what Lannie wants but I like the fourth album – Pat: Hard Promises? Vic: Yeah, or Wildflowers. Pat: Got it! Vic: Wait – are you some kind of savant or something? Pat: Naw, man. I’m just a North Florida redneck. I grew up with those guys.
Hence, “My Street (North Florida Version)”. He chose Wildflowers.
The Big Stir Single's B-side “Summer Blue” was the March 2019 installment of Lannie's remarkable, innovative and widely hailed monthly March To Home Singles series. Each track was available for free for one month on the SpyderPop website and then retired to be anthologized at a future date after the album release. We're thrilled to bring this soaring tour favorite, its title inspired by the name of a DJ on Hawaii's beloved The Time Machine radio show, back for another run as the perfect complement to the A-side.
More about the impending release of Lannie Flowers' Home and the many other fine releases on SpyderPop Records can be found at their website:
Expected release: November 22, 2019