Many a rumor and legend surrounds the origins and life of Floyd Beaumont, but very little is actually known about the man and his music.
Did he really leave his native Arkadelphia, Arkansas, as a youth to follow "Doc" Samuel O'Barley's itinerant medicine show all across the south, as some sources claim, or was his birthplace rather in Dallas' infamous Deep Elem District, where he is said to have learnt to play guitar from Blind Lemon Jefferson?
In an interview with blues historian Allan Lamox, the independent record label owner Abe Goldberg pretended that he recorded Floyd Beaumont on his Goldbird label backing white country and blues greats such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Delmore Brothers.
Whatever may be truth or legend, today Floyd Beaumont stands at the crossroads of the blues: from black Delta moans to white hillbilly boogie shuffles, from sophisticated uptown swing to down-home romps and stomps, from street corners to the concert stage - Floyd Beaumont's music resonate with the rich heritage of the blues. This is further reflected in his choice of instruments: besides singing Floyd plays acoustic and slide guitar, mandolin and banjo.
Floyd Beaumont & The Arkadelphians are:
Enno "Floyd Beaumont" Geissler - vocals, acoustic and slide guitars, mandolin, banjo.
"Slapping" Ralph Cornaz- upright bass
David "String-picker" Courby - acoustic and slide guitars, banjo
Steve “Rattlebrained” Litsios - washboard, rhythm bones, other percussions
Stef “Charlyson” Turin - harmonica
The Arkadelphians complement and fit in with Floyd Beaumont's style to deliver for your enjoyment their unique blend of American Roots Music.
Or as Floyd would put it himself: "Keep 'em coming!"
Tag: harmonica, double bass, washboard, banjo, mandolin, resonator guitar, string band music, acoustic blues