Dec 1, 2017
In late October I was enjoying craft beer at one of my favorite watering holes with some of my favorite people. This was at Kool Keg in Arlington Texas, next door to the very place that I met my wife of 23 years. Recent podcast guests Chris Raspante (episode 2) and Neil Schnell (episode 8) would be joining me. Chris and Neil did indeed join the party, accompanied by singer songwriter Lannie Flowers. The last time I'd seen Lannie was in 2013, when his Lannie Flowers Band performed at Hotel Utah in San Francisco for the International Pop Overthrow Festival. His band was an amazing wall of sound that night. I thought we were meeting for the first time that night, but quickly realized that we both grew up and played in the music ecosystem of Dallas-Fort Worth. We'd probably met years before.
Lannie has been awarded 'Record of the Year', 'Rock Artist of the Year', 'Breakthrough Video of the Year', and 'Social Media Artist of the Year’ by the LA Music Awards. He's helped keep the power pop genre alive in the process. We began our interview with Lannie's ties to the power pop and his thoughts on the state of the genre. He says it was all quite accidental that he ended up within the power pop genre, adding that these are simply the people who took to his music. Lannie sees his music as just rock & roll with harmonies, and recalls that it was his album The Same Old Story that power pop fans first bought. Lannie sites power pop as a very niche genre that comes with very loyal fans. He says it's particularly popular in Spain, Brazil and Japan. He finds this all a little surprising and even a little strange, but it's a reality that's clearly contributing to his success. It's also contributed to Lannie's bucket list accomplishments of performing the world famous Whiskey a Go Go in LA and the Cavern Club Liverpool.
Lannie has been a career musician for most of his adult working life. He makes this work with a blend of songwriting, musicianship, and studio engineering skills. His longtime relationship with Spyder Pop Records has afforded him the opportunity to become part of the Spyder Pop recording studio team.