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, and Jimmy LaFave. The self-produced album The Traveler was released in April of 2011.
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 indie band Lady of the Barge 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 to his arsenal of stringed instruments.