Simon Flory is a mosaic: a collection of sorts. He’s spent some time just about
everywhere, and keeps little pieces of things he’s seen, jobs he’s worked, and people
he’s met. His album, “Unholy Town,” lets his listeners in on some of his collection.
These songs are like he reached in his pockets and pulled out a few gems from along
the way. These songs are stories.
After working in the bass boat industry, scrapping metal, logging cedar trees,
hauling hay and working cows on ranches, Flory sold his truck and his pistol
to record “Unholy Town” and hit the road. He recorded in the Buffalo National
Wilderness near Rush, Arkansas.
Compared to other first albums, with young voices and lives just getting started on
really living, “Unholy Town” may as well be from a much older man—not that age
eclipses experience. Flory can pick a banjo; he also just knows an eclectic mix of
musicians. People seem to like him. Bill Brown, the drummer from Flory’s previous
band (Merle The Mule) traveled from Chicago to work on the album. Erin Frisby and
Chris Stelloh came over from Maryland and several other musicians and all-stars in
the industry eagerly got in on Flory’s vision.
Flory is on the road now, and he wears it well: he makes friends as soon as he cracks
his smile and looks comfortable on a small stage or a large one. He’s recently played
with Donny Catron of the Tennessee Gentlemen, South 14, The Monkey Run Boys
and the Bar None Cowboy Church band. Count on Flory to continue collecting: count
on him to keep writing stories and finding gems along the way.