This is a piece I wrote as a guest blogger for PRX Radio Show ‘In Search of a Song’ with Jason Wilbur.
Traversing Goldflies’ life, from his earliest musical moments as an impressionable youth in the midwest discovering the bass guitar and Led Zeppelin records, to meeting David Toler in a studio/barn in Indiana (who invited him in a later time to audition for Dickey Betts), all the way through his time on stage with Dickey’s Great Southern Band, the Allman Brothers and on to his current musical sojourns, Reardin and Goldflies carry on as only friends of nearly 30 years could. Reardin met Goldflies in 1985 when David walked into his Bloomington, Indiana recording studio and did some sessions of his post Allman’s solo work with Larry Clyman, and Scott Profitt.
In this opening segment of the 3 part interview, Goldflies digs deep and opens up not only about his music, and the music of those he has accompanied, but also about the finer points of what makes a career musician push on. Openly discussing his earliest gigs and musical memories, listeners are presented a beautiful opportunity to sit back and observe as Goldflies recalls the details of his first recording session with Bill Bartlett with the song “Black Betty”, being on stage with Dickey Betts, drummer David Toler and his brother ‘Dangerous’ Dan, learning to play with a pick, and being present for the1979 reformation of the Allman Brothers band. He also gives a refreshing humble personal insight into how he looks at his own foundational role as a simple working bass player- morphing into an incredibly dynamic and innovative powerhouse of world class rhythm sections. (my description).
This is part 1 of a 3 part series featuring David Goldflies.