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behind the name:
were getting ready to perform for the first time. One of the guys
trying to explain the drum part of a new song to Tyler. "Your part
like the fa-dum-fa-dum-fa-dum sound you get when you're
on a flat tire," one guy said. Flat tire — the words stuck in Jon's
put, we play music that swings and moves and takes everyone
with it. Our songs cover 70 years. We play the '40s big band
jump blues, Chicago blues and '90s West Coast swing.
and their roles:
takes five lug nuts to hold a tire on a car. That's what keeps a car
even with a flat tire.
On stage, Jon plays guitar, and he's our main storyteller.
does a lot of the singing. His gritty voice mixed with his sense of
give his songs "grit and grin."
Jim is our musical technician, the voice of reason. He's
guy who listens to the original song we want to play and decides if
can do that song justice. On stage, Jim plays guitar and takes lead
on various songs, including "Minnie the Moocher."
Tyler's drumming drives the rhythm section. He takes lead
on "Your Love is Real."
Dave plays upright and electric bass or, as Dan puts it,
largemouth and smallmouth bass. His vocals drive home the song
Dan and his sax leave their mark on every song —
and leave the audience wanting more. And that, says
is the long and the sax of it.
would you describe your band to a person with no ears?
everything moral, ethical and legal that feels right, makes you move and keeps
to you do when you're on a break?
feels great to rub elbows with the people we've been singing to all night.
They've been listening to us — break time is our
to listen to them. They inspire us. And they energize us.
we've got 'em. To us, they're our offstage alter egos: Dan, band instrument
manager at Mike's Music and Sound;
project manager at J.F. Ahern; Tyler, health care assistant; Jim, senior guitar
publications editor at Hal Leonard
and Jon, sales engineer at The Toolhouse.
recorded two: "Broke Down in Oshkosh" (August 2003) and "Pump'd
Up" (December 2005). Our CDs are both
live with all of us set up in the studio at the same time, playing together.
your personal philosophy toward music?
have two: "Let's do this." That's how we look at everything we're not
sure of. We try it. If it works, great. If not, learn from
and move on.
it." Enjoy what you're playing. The best thing about Flat Tire is that we
all have a sense of humor. Most of our songs
funny to listen to because we pick 'em and play 'em that way.
rituals before performing?
a whole lot of strumming, tweaking, blowing, tapping — we're talking equipment
set up sound here! Then there's
taking care of his baby … the finest vintage amplifier.
wets your whistle?
sweeter than a round of ice cold beers with a "crowd that wants more"
your band could jam with anybody, who would it be?
Brian Setzer Orchestra.
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