As much a part of Athens Music History as R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, The Normaltown Flyers have been an institution of our humble music scene for countless years. 2009 marked the 30 year anniversary of the band, and even seven years later, they somehow have shown no signs of wear and tear. Like the pickup truck they mention in their classic song ‘Pickup Truck Rock n’ Roll’ they keep churning away, and when you watch them perform, you honestly believe they could keep rolling for another 30 years! Their Annual Pre-Thanksgiving show on Wednesday, November 23rd, has become an Athens tradition, and we sincerely hope you and your family (and friends!) make it part of your holiday celebrations this year. Tickets are only $10 advance, and doors open at 6pm for dinner and drinks!
Based in Athens, Georgia, The Normaltown Flyers have been playing their good time/up tempo music since 1979. Favorite quote- "It's Country but it's not. It's Folk but it's not. It's Rock and Roll but it's not." The band finally settled on calling it "Pickup Truck Rock and Roll." Nuff said! Band members are Brian Burke-singer, writer, acoustic and electric guitars. Tom Ryan-bass, vocals, and occasional saxophone. For the last several years Deane Quinter has handled the drum duties. Guitarist Davis Causey joins the Flyers when his schedule permits. Recently the group has been able to enlist John Keane (of John Keane Studios) to fill in for Davis when he is unable to make a show. John has been very instrumental in a large portion of the band's recordings. No Flyer show is complete without Mike "Bubba" Paulk. He currently serves as ambassador for the Flyers at most shows, and was the Road Manager during the Mercury/Nashville years. When talking about the Flyers it is difficult to leave out the endearing charm of "Bubba." If you come to a show, look around for him. He'll be there helping the guys with the gear or whatever else needs to be done. The Flyers gained popularity with their regular performances at Allen's in Athens, Georgia and in other regional venues. In 1989 they attracted the attention of legendary Nashville producer Harold Shedd. Harold signed the band to Mercury/Nashville in 1990. They produced two CDs and two excellent videos for "Rockin' The Love Boat" and "Country Boy's Dream." The projects were well received critically, but were not hits with the CD buying public and the record deal ended in 1993. Currently the group performs regionally at all types of functions, clubs and concerts. Tonight, they join us for their annual pre-Thanksgiving Day concert kickoff to the holiday season. Cheers y’all!