Flat River Band - Music Interview
Flat River Band is a trio comprised of siblings Andy, Dennijo, and Chad Sitze. The trio has opened for the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, TG Sheppard, among others. The brothers have also charted #1 hits on the bluegrass gospel charts as well as have had their songs featured in the 2018 movie “The Least of These — A Christmas Story” featuring Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys), Deborah Allen, and Tayla Lynn (Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter). That unabandoned joy and love of music comes to the forefront when you listen to the band’s fifth, new album, Every Dog Has Its Day. Aaron McDaris who plays with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage was brought into play banjo, and much to the brothers’ surprise, he brought with him his 1934 Gibson RB-3 that was owned by Sonny Osborne who recorded the University of Tennessee’s theme song “Rocky Top” with that same banjo in 1967. One of Dennijo’s guitar superheroes, Johnny Hiland who is legally blind was brought in to play the electric guitar, while Stuart Duncan played fiddle. Nashville’s top tune-smiths are also on the disc, such as “In Another World,” a co-write with the highly respected John Scott Sherrill (“Some Fools Never Learn,” “The Church On Cumberland Road.”). Telling stories – whether it be that of John or their own – is what the Flat River Band is all about. For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! Harmonically Americana Roots
Please take a moment to hear those harmonies and Americana Roots in "Every Dog Has Its Day."
When you are writing a song, where do you draw inspiration from? Or what topics do you like to sing about?
I believe it would be pretty boastful for me to suggest anything other than this “I’m convinced that all good things come from above”! As far as topics...anything that we can get some three part harmony on.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with the family
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it? Emotional doesn’t have to mean sad etc., it can be a high energy too...(sad, happy, angry, fear,etc.)
A song called “Locust Street” from our Bums & Hookers album. Basically it brings you into our world as our parents used to bring us to St. Louis to visit the homeless once a week for about 7 years. I love the story line...It’s about Redemption
What was the first song or piece you ever wrote!? Time Flies By What is your dream gig? Is there a gig that you really want that would be the ultimate show for you?
The mother church “The Ryman.”
Are you working on any new material right now or what’s in the works for the upcoming year?
We are working on some new material... in the planning stages of releasing a new album this summer 2020
Tell us where fans can access your music.
For more information, visit our website.