Debut CD Sad Songs and Wildflowers
PRESS RELEASE EXCERPT: Spanning genres from rock to alt-country and folk to Americana, Sad Songs and Wildflowers represents over a year's worth of intense writing and collaboration. The return of principle songwriter and lyricist Desmond McCaffrey to his Green Mountain home lent itself to the sense of both longing and determination that permeates the CD. Tracks such as the rootsy "Walk Along Rose", the Americana pop "Gracie" and the powerful "Wash On Down" showcase the songwriter's emotional connection to the suffering yet hopeful stories of his birthplace. At their core, Uncle Flatty is a freewheeling band whose members trade instruments in the studio just as they do in their live performances. This breadth of talent becomes apparent on tracks like "Sarita" where Desmond McCaffrey plays bass to Paul Robertson's vocals and harmonica, and on "Janet Guthrie" where Jim Gannotti takes on lead vocals with his distinctive, thoughtful style. Producer Colin McCaffrey also contributed as an instrumentalist and vocalist; and his talent, most recognizable from his lauded solo work and fronting of all-star Vermont band The Stone Cold Roosters, grounded the recording in the roots of Americana with his fiddle, guitar, organ and mandolin work. His skills are highlighted on the alt-country shuffle tracks "Whiskey Camel" and "Like Me." Uncle Flatty returned to Connecticut to work with Grammy Nominated and Emmy Award winning artist and producer Jim Chapdelaine to master the CD.
Sad Songs and Wildflowers is already garnering radio play on Radio Free Vermont and local and college stations in the Northeast. In March and April of 2010, Uncle Flatty will be in studio with Lee Elci at Mohegan Sun's The Wolf, 104.7 FM promoting the CD and upcoming shows. Spring and summer touring will kick off with a CD release at New London's landmark Bank Street Cafe on April 9th followed by regional venues and festival appearances.
In November of 2011, after a harrowing trip across unplowed Vermont dirt roads, the four members of Connecticut based Uncle Flatty found themselves stuck on the side of a mountain in a remote studio, snowed in and left with little to do but play music. The resulting 3 days of uninterrupted writing, reflection, and collaboration produced their sophomore album "Broken Places" slated for release in May 2012. While haunting pedal steel and minimal guitar work on "Broken Places" call to mind desolate shadowlands of lost love and found misery, the same instruments, when realigned with the southwestern roots of Americana and backed with a steady shuffle and back beat, evoke the warmth and comfort found in stories of whimsical folly and hopeful romance.
Formed in 2005, Uncle Flatty spent several years building a repertoire of original music before performing as a part of New England's growing Americana scene. By 2009, the band had enough material to record their first album "Sad Songs and Wildflowers." Blending traditional Americana fiddle, mandolin and vocal harmonies with a solid alt-country rock feel and attitude, the album met with positive support and rotation on college and internet radio throughout the northeast. Though founding member Paul "Uncle Flatty" Robertson passed away in 2010, the band continued to play and found renewed enthusiasm with the addition of Eric O'Hara whose pedal steel and lead guitar work brought a new depth and expression to the band's growing catalog.
The 2012 release of "Broken Places" finds Uncle Flatty touring New England throughout the summer and fall to promote the album and continue supporting the regional Americana scene that they have helped build from New London, CT to Windsor, Vermont and beyond.
"Broken Places" press release