Flatland Zingers’ CD goes on salePublished 12:01am Saturday, February 22, 2014
Called old-timey rural and Appalachian earthy, music lovers can hear their fiddle tunes, old love songs and original tunes for themselves at The Flatland Zingers’ CD release party.
Tonight at Union Alley Coffeehouse in downtown Washington, The Flatland Zingers — Reid Courson, Linda Boyer, Rob Cuthrell and Eric Holmes, who go by “Flatlander Reese,” “Maggie,” “Cap’n Rob,” and “Farmer Clem” on the CD respectively — will release their first CD to the public, entitled The Flatland Zingers. The group is one of several offshoot of the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association, a local nonprofit organization that gathers to play music and keep the old traditions alive.
Courson takes on vocals, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, whistle and a dancin’ shoes; Boyer, vocals, banjo and mandolin; Cuthrell, vocals, guitar and mandolin; and Holmes on the bass fiddle.
According to Cuthrell, the CD is a mix of The Flatland Zingers’ takes on traditional songs in the public domain and one of Boyer’s originals, entitled “Collard Green World.”
“Music is molasses on my biscuit, ham in my black eyed peas, strawberries on my shortcake and vinegar on my collard greens,” read Boyer’s lyrics to “Collard Green World.”
The CD release party will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Union Alley Coffeehouse in the Inner Banks Artisans’ Center, 158 W. Main St. A $5 general admission will benefit the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association. For more information, visit flatlandzingers.com.