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The Flood Brothers / Press

“Sonic 'boom': Flood Brothers continues run of spellbinding records If, somehow, you have yet to be swayed by the ragtag charm of The Flood Brothers, the Columbia duo has its mojo and magic working yet again on its new record “Boomland.” The music made by Gabe Meyer (vocals, guitar) and Jacob Best (drums) has always lived on the bluesier side of the rock ’n’ roll dial. It is soulful, sweaty, spellbinding; the sound, bigger than the two of them should rightfully make, is rooted in what has come before it yet maintains a volatile sort of relevance, ready to go wherever the moment leads.”

“On the banks of the Mississippi River, about one-hundred miles northwest of Saint Louis, lies the city of Hannibal, Missouri. Known as “America’s Hometown,” Hannibal was the boyhood home of legendary American author Mark Twain, and the city contains several tourist attractions devoted to Twain, steamboats, and other points of historical interest from an era long before the interstate-highway system was established, when rivers were the predominant trade routes within the United States. Hannibal is located on the southwest banks of a southeastern bend in the mighty Mississippi, and as a result the city has fallen victim to numerous flooding disasters. Hailing from the high waters of this midwestern river town comes the deep blues/rock duo known as the Flood Brothers.”

“The Flood Brothers are a blues duo with a gritty, boogie-rock sound inspired by their experiences traveling the country and playing music. From being paid in drinks and bar food to driving 30 miles in a blizzard, the lead men, Gabe Meyer and Jake Best have earned their stripes.”

“In the heart of Flat Branch Park, the Flood Brothers played up a storm Friday night. Rock ‘N Roll and Folk are hardly ever in the same sentence, let alone concert, but the two-man band broke all general music stereotypes. Transitioning seamlessly between rock ballads and folk tunes, the Flood Brothers struck a chord with the audience, creating a fun atmosphere which in turn evoked a vibrant dancing scene. Amassing an audience of several hundred, the two-man band managed to capture a younger crowd with its twangy guitar and drum duo.”

“Had The Flood Brothers existed a half-century ago, it would have been precisely the sort of band to rile up parents and network censors. It's not that there's anything especially explicit about the local duo's sound. But they traffic in the sort of subtle subversion that makes people feel feelings and think thoughts that might get them in trouble with members of polite society. The band's brand of blues-soaked rock 'n' roll smells of beer and sweat and oozes rebellion from each of its pores.”

“Five reasons The Flood Brothers were an awesome opening act The eighth annual Roots 'N' Blues BBQ festival got off to a fabulous start.”