Upstate, NY Americana band Floodwood brings together some of the finest talent our great state of NY has to offer. Featuring Al and Vinnie from jam-band heavyweights moe., Jason Barody from Wooden Spoon from Taos, award winning banjo player Nick Piccinnini, and Hypnotic Clambake’s Zachery Fleitz on bass, you can bet that Floodwood isn’t playing around when it comes to their musical and creative integrity.
The band, just about to wrap up their Kickstarter campaign to help fund the work, is getting ready to release their debut album, and ARE hitting the road supporting the likes of moe., Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, and (ever popular on the jam scene) Puddle of Mud in the coming weeks. Prior to their NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl, I caught up with Vinnie to talk about how the project came together, the writing and recording process for their introductory album and its Kickstarter campaign, and if playing alongside Puddle Of Mud fulfills their dream lineup.
G- You are about to begin touring in support of your debut release, which you are crowdfunding through Kickstarter! Have you been performing many of the upcoming tracks during your recent performances, and how has the reception been to the songs? Have you noticed any fan favorites at this time?
V- We have been playing all of the songs to great reviews. We think that all of the songs are really good. I haven’t notices any fan favorites but they are still fairly new songs.
G- Can you tell us about the recording process for the album? Where did you record it, who was behind the boards this time around, and how long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
V- We used a mobile recording rig and did the recording at the Utica JCC. Our friend Mark Cochi, who is a phenomenal engineer, did the recording. He also owns the recording rig. The tracking took 3 days, overdubs and mixing took another couple of weeks and the turn around on production was pretty quick.
G- You also added a super-cool incentive to your pledgers in the form of a “Pick 1 Play 1” option, giving them the ability to perform a songs with you onstage live! First off, brilliant idea! Secondly, how did this idea come to fruition, and have you had a lot of inquiries and pledge boosts due to the offering?
V- We had been brainstorming ideas to boost interest in the Kickstarter and this was an idea that I believe Al came up with, or our manager Brian, but I think it was Al. I am not sure how many pledges we ended up with for this one…
G- Though you have thousands of fans from your other acts, what should your fans, both old and new, expect of the performances when you guys hit the road? What should some of the first time listeners expect to see when you take the stage?
V- This band has an enormous amount of fun on stage, so you immediately see it in our performance. You hear it as well. We really have a lot of fun playing together. You will not be hearing a whole lot of rock and roll. It is mostly rocking high-energy bluegrass with drums. We love it and hope our fans will too…
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
V- I’ve only written one song and it was for moe. “Mar De Ma.” We have so many good songs that would be hard to do. “Whiskey After Breakfast” or “North Country Winds” because they are great high energy songs that show how good the musicianship is in the band
G- Are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future? What would your feasible dream bill for Floodwood be if you could select 3 other artists to join you on stage or on the road?
V- Sam Bush, The McCoury’s, Jerry Douglas…
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
V- I have played so many memorable shows in my career, it is either my first Red Rocks show, first Radio City show or our first Bonaroo show…
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
V- I would say play as often as you can, try to get your music out to as many people as possible. Play, play, play and listen, listen, listen…
Sep 18, 2013 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/ Leftover Salmon
Sep 19, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ Leftover Salmon
Sep 27, 2013 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom w/ moe.
Oct 10, 2013 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den – w/ Keller Williams Solo
Oct 11, 2013 – New Haven, CT @ Toads Place w/Keller Williams Solo
Oct 12, 2013 – Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Hall w/Keller Williams Solo