Spike Flynn has released two new album’s of original songs in 2021 – Lunchtime at La Cantina and Mostly Smoke and Mirrors. Mostly Smoke and Mirrors is Spike’s first ‘full-on’ country album. Though his other albums are based in country music Mostly Smoke and Mirrors is an immediately identifiable country album!
His other album’s It’s Alright, Rough Landing, Just This Side of Here and Postcards from the Heart have been very well received.
Just this Side of Here – some reviewers comments –
“… more in the vein of Townes van Zandt than anything more mainstream. Largely story songs, presented in a talking blues style, they’re dark, rueful, resigned and utterly engrossing … Just this Side of Here is an album that restores your faith in ‘one man, one guitar’ sets, and shows that the best of them – and this is one of those – still have much to say and much worth hearing.”
Jeremy Searle, Americana UK.
“… poetically rich and pervaded by an incisive lyrical style. Spike Flynn deserves the attention of those who don’t stop at appearances but want to dig deep into the songs to penetrate the poet’s inner essence.”
Remo Ricaldone, LonestarReview
Originally from a small town in the Central West of NSW and now based in Sydney, Spike Flynn infuses home town/country themes with an urban edge. His influences are the early blues and country artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Doc Watson, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Perhaps a bigger influence though in terms of his lyrics is the Australian poet and short story writer Henry Lawson (1867-1922). In his performances Spike often includes old blues and country material along with his own songs. An accomplished finger style guitarist he also plays ‘rack’ harmonica.
Spike has supported local Sydney acts like Jim Conway’s Big Wheel and international acts such as Kristina Olsen, John McCutcheon and Peter Rowan and his Bluegrass Band.
Spike, with his band The Open Hearted Strangers, has performed at Tamworth Country Music Festival and the National Blues Festival in Goulburn.
He is a previous winner of the National Songwriters Competition in Tamworth (Australia) in the alt country section for his song “Stone To Sand”.
Spike’s original songs on his albums, whilst reflecting his love of traditional country music, are often a more eclectic affair with a lyric content that often displays a poetic/social realist approach to story telling.
These days Spike is concentrating on songwriting and recording.
To buy an actual real CD with lyric booklet – contact Spike at email@example.com