HUGE NEWS!

We are very excited to announce that after roughly a 1 year “hiatus” of sorts, THE BAND IS GETTING BACK TOGETHER! Our lead vocalist, Clay Shiflett, is returning to the Northwest Georgia area and we are going to be getting back together and picking up right where we left off! We can’t wait to get back at it. Be on the lookout for show dates as well as updates on our social media platforms.

Thank you all for cheering us on! Your encouragements help to keep the fire alive inside us! See you around very soon!

Rome, you didn’t disappoint!

Thank you to everyone who came out to party with us at Ridge Ferry Park on July 4th! We had an absolute blast and can’t wait to be back! You all are what made the event as amazing as it was! Especially the crowd that stayed with us until the very end! We couldn’t have asked for a better time for the LKL “reunion” show!

We would like to take a moment to thank the Rome/Floyd Parks and Rec Department for having us out for the 2nd year in a row for this HUGE event. It means a lot to us that our home town picks us to be the entertainment for one of the largest events in town. Seriously, we can’t thank them enough! And of course, we can’t forget Doug Kelley and Parker Systems. Doug is a phenomenal production mind who made this such a smooth gig for us. He is simply the best in the business! Parker Systems provided all of the production elements and the fireworks show at the end. We couldn’t have done anything we did without them!

I would never move.

“I would never move”

“There was no need to leave”

These are just a couple things that I would say to myself and others as I was growing up. I was very happy in the town that I was raised in. Sure, it had its quirks that would sometimes drive me up a wall but overall, I was happy. Everything that I could have ever needed was right there within my reach. I had built a network of great people and a reputation that had helped to open many doors that younger me would have thought were never possible. My entire family was right there. Friendships that I had been building since I was in elementary school were right there. I was comfortable.

But sometimes, comfortable just isn’t enough.

When Alice and I started dating, we would always talk about what the future would look like. She always mentioned the desire to leave Rome, Georgia but I never quite got it. She was raised by a set of parents that believe moving for an opportunity is no big deal. My parents aren’t as keen on moving away from an entire life that has been built. Of course I had my biases, but I slowly began to realize that neither were right or wrong. Everybody has their own way to pursue life. Still, I didn’t think leaving was really in the cards for us. There were so many things going right that it didn’t make sense for us to move away.

While we were engaged, Alice and I took a couple trips to go “town shopping”. A phrase that seems so harmless. Entertaining even. We talked about North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, New York (her home state), Virginia, other towns in Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas (I know.. that one didn’t last long), Tennessee, and Montana might have been mentioned a time or two. Still, after hours of conversation and multiple trips, I still didn’t think we would move. Some of the places we visited seemed exciting, sure, but nothing really jumped out to me. Apparently, the same thing was happening with Alice. She was slowly falling more in love with Rome and the desire to move started to dwindle.

Then we took the trip that changed everything.

We initially were going to go to Cleveland, OH but ended up changing our minds pretty close to the last minute. We changed our flights to Denver, CO. Found a great AirBnB and started packing. We wanted to check out Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Alice’s top pick was Boulder and mine was Fort Collins. We stayed in Erie which was a pretty happy middle ground for the area we were visiting. We rented a Dodge Ram in honor of Vic from the TV show Longmire and hit the road. We put over 700 miles on that truck and drove through some really cool areas. Boulder felt too much like a college town, very Athens meets Buckhead vibe (for my Georgia peeps) with the price tag of a San Francisco. Half of Fort Collins was shut down for some sort of biker fest and we had the worst interaction with a server at an Old Chicago. Colorado Springs was very nice but didn’t grab us.

Then we found it: Longmont, Colorado.

A town that took us by surprise. A smaller town than any of the other places that we visited. It had a small town feel with big city amenities. We couldn’t believe it. Neither one of us expected to find this. I think we were both under the impression that we needed to travel and see some other places but both believed we would settle down in Rome. I mean after all, we were comfortable. We had friends and family that were close.

We were sitting outside a coffee shop (I know, cliche as all get out) and we both looked at each other and said, “This is it. This is home.”

We flew back to Georgia and normal life started back up. I applied to a couple dream type jobs and Alice applied to a few more in the Longmont area. We didn’t hear back and eventually the dream simmered down. My thought was, if we get a call back and it happens, then it was meant to be. But the phone didn’t ring. So we refocused on our original plan to find our dream house in Rome and keep on living a simple, southern life.

After 2 months of nothing, I got a call for an interview with the student life department at a community college in Longmont. I couldn’t believe it. I was afraid that since we had already started looking for a house in Rome, I wouldn’t be excited for this opportunity but I was. Alice got to see a side of me that doesn’t come out often: pure excitement. All of the feelings and memories I had of visiting Longmont started coming back. I was beside myself. I went through the interview and was offered the position. I would start work 5 weeks from the time I accepted the job. I couldn’t wait to tell Alice the good news!

Then it hit us, we were contemplating leaving everything behind. What seems like such an easy decision to some took us DAYS to figure out. We tried everything. Coin flipping, percentage games, shouting the first thing that comes to your mind. Then we both decided against going. Finally around 2 am, we decided to stay in Rome and keep building what we had already made so much progress on.

I woke up the next morning and couldn’t believe it. I was so unsettled from our decision made the night before that I almost felt sick. I had let myself forget how memorable Longmont was. I called Alice to share my feelings and she told me she felt the same way. WHAT. How could this happen? We spent HOURS going over every single detail that this move would entail. Everything pointed to us staying but we just weren’t happy with it. Then I was reminded of when I said, “if we get a call back and it happens, then it was meant to be”.

We made the decision to move to Colorado.

Now, I am working at a community college in Longmont, Alice works at a different community college one town over, and we are doing our best to live the dream. What a crazy way to end 2017.

 

HOLY COW!

There aren’t many words that can describe how great last night was. We had an absolute blast at the “Patriotic Party at The Park” at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome, GA! Thank you so much to everyone that came out to spend their 4th with us, especially the group that stuck around for our second set! We normally don’t like to play favorites, but y’all were definitely our favorites! We also want to thank all the guys and gals at BandAid Productions for an AWESOME sound and lighting setup! They are the absolute best and we HIGHLY recommend them for any event that you could have! Shameless plug for their facebook page: facebook.com/BandAidProductions. Head over and give them a like!

Last night’s show was a great milestone for us to reflect on the last 4 and a half years of playing. It has been an awesome ride starting from jamming out in a basement with no A/C to playing shows at local restaurants like Johnny’s Pizza and Brewhouse Music & Grill to expanding to bigger stages and more places and eventually getting calls like last night to play some of the biggest events that Rome, GA has to offer. I am proud that I am from Rome and it means so much that the town I live in has embraced the music and enjoys the show that we put on!

Our sound has changed from when we first started and it is continually changing but we always keep an upbeat and fun spirit at the center of a lot of what we do. We have some things that we are working on currently and we can’t wait to roll out some of the latest songs we have been working on! Make sure and stay tuned to my website here, the facebook page, instagram (@clayshiflett), and twitter (@clayshiflett) accounts to keep up with the latest news and releases!  While you’re there, go ahead and give a “like” and a “follow”!

In The Studio!

We are very excited to FINALLY be in the studio working on our first E.P.! A big thanks to Mile 1 Records in Rome, Ga for having us and for helping us to dial in some great sounds! It has been a long time coming and we cannot wait until the final product is released! There are going to be some familiar songs but also some new, never-before-heard tracks that we are excited to get your feedback on! The release date is undetermined right now, but we have an ambitious goal to have it out before this Summer. Keeping checking back for updates!

Cheaha Challenge After Party!

We are very excited to announce that we have been asked to perform for the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA cyclist races after party THIS Sunday! It’s is going to be a ton of fun so we hope to see everybody there! The event is scheduled from 11am – 6:30pm central time at the Pete Mathews Coliseum at Jacksonville State University. We will be playing around the times of 11am – 4pm. There will be plenty of food, beer, and good times! So mark your calendar and we will see you Sunday!

Saying “Hello” To 2015

2014 has been fairly generous to us. We were able to play at new venues and meet some great people! The band lineup was made complete with the additions of drummer Kerry and guitarist Jordan. We had a BLAST at the Brewhouse Music & Grill on New Year’s Eve with Babes Bayou! The place was PACKED OUT! If you missed the show, we are going through video footage and sound recordings to see if there is anything “YouTube worthy” that we can post, so be on the look out for that!

As the new year is getting started, we are looking forward to what the future holds for us. We are all very excited for what’s coming up and we are thankful to have such amazing fans!

Exciting News!

We have just announced our next show at the Brewhouse Music & Grill in Rome, Ga! We will be playing there on September 27th at 10:30pm! We cannot wait!!
Also, we have booked our first show in ALABAMA! We will be playing a show with The Glass Jars at the Cheaha Brewing Company in Anniston, Al on August 22nd!
We hope to see a great crowd and meet some awesome people!