Spike Flynn has now released his second album of original songs – ROUGH LANDING. His first album IT’s ALRIGHT claimed number 10 on the September 2010 Euro Americana charts.
Album number three – “Time On Hold” – will be released mid 2018.
Originally from a small town in the Central West of NSW and now based in Sydney, Spike infuses home town/country themes with an urban edge. Spike’s influences are the early blues, country artists such as Doc Watson, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, as well as contemporary songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen . In his performances he often includes old blues and country material along with his own songs. He is an accomplished finger style guitarist and plays ‘rack’ harmonica. Spike performs around Sydney mostly and has supported local acts like Jim Conway’s Big Wheel and international acts such as Kristina Olsen, John McCutcheon and Peter Rowan and his Bluegrass Band.
Spike has recently been playing with his two piece band The Open Hearted Strangers. They have been invited to perform again at the National Blues Festival in Goulburn in February 2018.
Spike Flynn and the Open Hearted Strangers are essentially a “Americana” type of band and play early blues along with more “traditional” country styles of songs. Influenced by such people as Lightning Hopkins, T Bone Walker, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, Mance Lipscombe and others and on the ‘country’ side by Doc Watson, Hank Williams and so on.
He won the National Songwriters Competition in Tamworth in the alt country section in 2017 for his song “Stone To Sand”. He had three songs short listed in the finals of that competition for 2018.
Spike’s songwriting which features on his albums is a more eclectic affair but his style is always influenced by his roots in the more traditional styles already mentioned, but with a lyric content that is often quite different .His songs often have a poetic story-telling quality. They are often of people who have come through a “dark night” of one form or another and have emerged with a story to tell.
You can check out his new album Rough Landing and his first album It’s Alright from this website – see the store page for Pay Pal buttons to purchase a CD from Spike himself or to get downloads from CD Baby – also available from iTunes, Amazon and other digital distributors. Or you can just have a quick listen to parts of the tracks by clicking on the CD Baby buttons.
PUBLICITY, EUROPE – Peter Holmstedt, Hemifran www.hemifran.com