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Fields of Fire

by Flatt & Alvis

Soulful southern harmonies combining the best of Americana, Alt Country, Folk, and Bluegrass flawlessly together in a new progressive sound.
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1. Rollin' Flatt and Alvis
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2. Not With Me Flatt and Alvis
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3. Yesterday's Gone Flatt and Alvis
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4. Stone Flatt and Alvis
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5. Fallen Rain Flatt and Alvis
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6. Carry On Flatt and Alvis
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7. Old House Flatt and Alvis
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8. Calling of the Crows Flatt and Alvis
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9. Sister Pain Flatt and Alvis
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10. Where Were You Flatt and Alvis
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11. Your Time to Fly Flatt and Alvis
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12. Fields of Fire Flatt and Alvis
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13. ------------------- Flatt and Alvis
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“This is the Future of Americana Music”

Employing an all-star cast of Nashville musicians, the debut album from Flatt & Alvis is sure to create prodigy-esque rumors when it hits the streets. Stephen Flatt, great-nephew of Lester Flatt, relinquishes a full assault on the senses when combining forces with revered vocalist Shane Alvis. Flatt & Alvis were joined in the studio by some of Nashville’s top guns including: Dave Roe – Bass (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yokam), Guthrie Trapp – Guitar/Mandolin (Patty Lovelace, Jerry Douglas), Peter Hyrka – Fiddle/Mandolin (Gypsy Hombres, Six Pence None the Richer), Mike Headrick – Pedal Steel (Louvin Brothers, Conway Twitty), and Mike Walter (Tanya Tucker). The beautiful vocal work of Flatt & Alvis, combined with the instrumental work of these fine musicians, creates a fun and truly original sound on their debut album “Fields of Fire”.

Stephen Flatt began composing Country and Americana music in his early teens. Through the insight and support of his own family and their rich musical heritage, the young songwriter quickly grasped the concept of utilizing tightly knit harmonies and perceptive lyrics to portray his own stories and ideas. During his school years in Tennessee, Flatt was introduced to vocalist and writer Shane Alvis. The two immediately found common ground, both in youthful experience and unrestrained talent; the duo began honing their vocal harmonies into a flawless weave by focusing on Alvis' effortlessly precise southern gospel choir voice. This fiery initial union would eventually lead them onto the world's stage. By the time young Stephen Flatt and Shane Alvis entered college, the two had collectively written an entire catalogue of original music and were regularly performing in front of thousands of captivated and awestruck listeners; the duo promptly collected a vast and dedicated following of friends and fans alike.

The harmony of Flatt & Alvis' music radiates with the soulful presence of America's youth and encompasses a sound and charisma not witnessed in decades. The duo similarly combine the lyrical prowess and soul of artists such as John Mellencamp and Robert Plant, with the skillfully refined harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel and The Louvin Brothers; all of this enveloped within two tall and handsome young men poised as the prodigy of a distinguished era in American Music.

More about Fields of Fire:
"Fields of Fire", the debut release from Flatt & Alvis, has been in the making for sometime. Containing songs written over a period of fourteen years, the album is a pure work of art and a labor of love for the duo. The introspective lyrics paint a musical picture of relationships, individuals, emotions, and travels. "Life is one field of fire after another," says Stephen Flatt. "We wanted to create an album that portrays life and its many stories.”

"Fields of Fire" was recorded at the world-famous Mikron studios in February of 2006. The album was brought to life by producer Dustin Michael, who was able to recruit some of the top Nashville sessions musicians to play on the album, including Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Peter Hyrka (Six Pence None the Richer), Guthrie Trapp (Patty Loveless), Mike Walter (Tanya Tucker), and Mike Headrick (Charlie Louvin and Louise Mandrell). The artists brought many creative ideas to the project, which culminated into a completely original sound during the recording sessions. With his extensive and varied musical background, Michael was able to create a distinctive sound for the duo by infusing bluegrass and country in the already established folk rock songs in the Flatt & Alvis repertoire. Michael was intent on recording a raw and authentic album similar to the retro-folk albums from the late 60's and early 70's. The bass, violin, guitar, and mandolin were all recorded in the same room, thus utilizing the beautiful acoustics of Mikron studios. Most of the songs were recorded between two and three takes. One song in particular, “Calling of the Crows”, was recorded on the initial take. "These songs are so natural for us now, we felt very comfortable with the first studio takes", explains Alvis. The results of the recording session were authentic, heartfelt, and awe-inspiring. Flatt & Alvis have always been recognized for their jaw-dropping harmonies, and this album consistently rewards the listener with beautiful harmony arrangements. The album is sure to be the recipient of much fanfare from the Nashville music scene. The album will be globally released on July 4th 2006 and will be available for digital download at all digital music stores. A physical copy of the CD can be purchased via the Flatt & Alvis website and at www.cdbaby.com.


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Amanda P.

I love it!
This CD is awesome. You can listen to it over and over again and never get tired of it! These guys are really talented...singing...songwriting...instrumentals...they can do it all.

Ron Wynn

The Nashville duo of Stephen Flatt and Shane Alvis dip into country, folk and bl
The Nashville duo of Stephen Flatt and Shane Alvis dip into country, folk and bluegrass with equal fervor and quality on Fields of Fire . Whether doing conversational tunes (“Rollin’), introspective pieces (“Yesterdays Gone, “Calling Of The Crows”) or more emotional and intense material (“Where Were You,” “Sister Pain,” “Fallen Rain”) their leads and harmonies are appropriately tough, tender, anguished or sentimental. They’re assisted by a fine band whose members include violinist, mandolin ace and accordionist Peter Hyrka, bassist Dave Rorick, drummer Mike Walter, acoustic/electric guitarist Guthrie Trapp and pedal steel player Mike Headrick. Flatt and Alvis will have you deep in thought one moment, and then engaged and dancing the next in this fine set that merges several styles, while featuring solid originals, polished and proficient vocals and topflight playing.

Rick Moore

nashville.about.com
Nashville.About.Com - February 2008
Putting labels on musical artists isn't always an easy thing, especially when you're dealing with artists from the eclectic Nashville Noir digital distribution label. Such is the case with the duo of Stephen Flatt and Shane Alvis.
The Flatt and Alvis sound is clearly rooted in the bluegrass made famous by Flatt's legendary great-uncle, Lester Flatt. But it also incorporates a little country, a little Gospel, some Simon and Garfunkel and Everly Brothers harmonies, and even an occasional suspended chord of the type used by the Stones or Tom Petty. In other words, this ain't your grandpa's bluegrass.
Flatt and Alvis have known each other for about 25 years, and have been playing and writing together off and on for more than half that time. Flatt is the guitarist/vocalist, and Alvis is the pure singer whose voice is the perfect complement to Flatt's more traditional Nashville/Appalachian approach. But if they had to be summed up in a few words, they are basically the Simon and Garfunkel of Nashgrass.
"I guess we do approach every song kind of like Simon and Garfunkel," Alvis said. "If it's got more of a Southern rock or Southern Gospel sound, then I'll lead; if it's got more of a straight bluegrass thing, then Steve will lead. But nine times out of 10 it's a combination of us harmonizing pretty much continuously."
The duo is making noise with their CD "Fields of Fire," available through their website or digitally through the Nashville Noir site. On this CD, mandolins, fiddles and pedal steels weave in and out of near-constant vocal harmonies that are both traditional and contemporary.
"We want to do digital distribution and get it into as many people's hands as possible," Flatt said. "We just mostly like doing what we do, and if other people like it, that's great too. We grew up in Nashville around a lot of people in the music business, and we know how hard it is. But if we do get a chance to play live because of people hearing us (through the Internet), that's great too."
Flatt never really knew his famous great-uncle. "I was three or four when he passed away," he said. "I remember going to his funeral and going to see him in the hospital, but that's it. But at my house we listened to a lot of bluegrass growing up, along with Johnny, Waylon and Willie, and then I got into the folk stuff and some rock and roll."
It was a slightly different story for Alvis. "I grew up Church of Christ singing a cappella," he said. "But Steve grew up Baptist and surrounded by instruments, and he started taking the same path as his family."
One thing they have in common with such duos as Simon and Garfunkel, or even the Louvin Brothers, is a natural communication that gives them a recognizable vocal blend. It may not be long before Flatt and Alvis are on the playlist of the iPods of contemporary bluegrass fans everywhere.
Rick Moore - nashville.about.com

Kathy Coleman

These two, Stephen Flatt and Shane Alvis, are boys to watch!
The Bottom Line
Take two guys with some impressive talent, give them a chance to stretch their skills as singers, pickers, and songwriters, give 'em some awesome backup players, and what you end up with is one sharp debut disc. It's easy to believe this is a duo who have been working together for several years, writing up an impressive catalog of original music before even entering college. These two, Stephen Flatt and Shane Alvis, are boys to watch.

Kathy Coleman - about.com

Bluegrass Now Magazine

Flatt & Alvis should carry on and command a devoted following
Don’t worry: Flatt & Alvis is not some cross-pollinated parody of Flatt & Scruggs and Elvis Presley. Rather, it’s a young Nashville duo with a spirited debut release — Fields of Fire.
Singer/songwriter Stephen Flatt is the great-nephew of Lester Flatt and naturally, a guitarist. He met singer Shane Alvis in school, and they forged a musical partnership, honed their harmonies, and racked up enough failed romances to amass a repertoire before they entered college. Fields of Fire finds them fronting a standout studio cast consisting of Mike Headrick (pedal steel), Peter Hyrka (fiddle, mandolin), Dave Roe (bass), Guthrie Trapp (guitar, mandolin) and Mike Walters (drums).
The backing bolsters an Americana mix that begins with the rockin’ road song “Rollin’ Down the Highway” and proceeds to country and newgrass hit-the-road songs “Not with Me” and “Sister Pain “ In between, the memories range from the jamband-flavored “Yesterday’s Gone” to ballads, “Fallen Rain” and “Calling of the Crows.”
“Carry On” captures a coal miner faced with the mine’s closing, and affords momentary respite from the heartache and broken dreams that eventually run together like the liner notes’ nearly illegible lyrics. Nonetheless, Flatt & Alvis should carry on and command a devoted following. TW

Fan from PA.

Great sound and songs, keep em coming
I was honored to get to see Flatt and Alvis perform live at Nashille while visiting. I think they are great!

Anne Harris

Great sound. Fresh new music. Bound for great things.
This album sounds great. I expect to hear more music from these two. The sound somehow has a mix of bluegrass, a little country, and a little rock. The voice blend is very good.

jerry flatt

very good -diversity-easy to listen over and over
the cd is very listenable and repeatable, has good diversity, and would recommend to most collections.

Dana Berner

Great Drivin' Music!
I just love this CD...The haromies are perfect and the guitar pickin' is jsut like I like it! It's got everything I need for my commute home. I listen to it every day.

Lorraine Roy


AMAZING!!!!!! fANTASTIC BAND THEY ARE EASY LISTENING. i WILL MAKE SURE THE ARE ON MY I.POD GREAT MUSIC FOR DRIVING,
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