When the Iowa City band Flash in a Pan formed in 2012, lead man Blake Daly thought the band would be just that -- a flash in a pan, here one moment and gone the next. Two albums and nearly seven years later, the band might have picked a different name.
"We played that first show after I got a call from a friend who needed an opener for the band Tauk," Daly says. "And then we got a gig at the Snake Alley Film Festival in Burlington, and then we just kept getting asked to play."
You can catch them at the Backbone Bluegrass Festival this summer in Strawberry Point and opening for Mark Mulcahy, and Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts in September at Codfish Hollow.
Flash in a Pan debuted a new song and played a live set in Iowa Public Radio's Iowa City studio this spring. Their newest original tune "If You Don't Miss Me," was written by banjo player Alex Flescher. He says he wrote the song during a difficult time in his personal life.
"I imagined some nightmare scenario where a 1940s honky-tonk star had heard my story and decided to write a song about it," he says. "I suppose it's dedicated to folks who've endured the slow, confusing, excruciating breed of heartache. I plan to give it a proper honky-tonk treatment for recording. If nothing else, I hope people get a good laugh out of it. I know we have."