The Lumen Sessions 

 
 
 
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  1. 1 Tunnel 04:24 Lyrics
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  2. 2 On My Love 04:29
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  3. 3 Play What You Know 03:44
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  4. 4 Brought You Home Late 03:51 Lyrics
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  5. 5 String 02:38
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  6. 6 Mama's Words 03:36 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Violent Red 04:25
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  8. 8 The Feeling Of Being Home 03:11
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  9. 9 Johnson City 03:39
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  10. 10 Under The Jaw 06:56 Free
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  11. 11 Lonely For You 02:29 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Will We Be The Same 03:00 Lyrics
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 Here is a great article printed in the Johnson City Loafer Magazine about me and The Lumen Sessions:

“The times they are a-changin’…” sang Bob Dylan in the mid 1960’s, but those words are just as relevant today in the music industry with artists feeling the pressure of online presence, youtube and Facebook, twitter and Instagram, iTunes and Pandora.  It seems the times Dylan sings of were a simpler times and when North Carolina singer/songwriter Flint Zeigler began recording his new album The Lumen Sessions, he already knew he needed to do some “a-changin’”.

 

Flint was the former front man of a popular Pennsylvania roots-rock band and started his solo career in 2008.  He has shared the stage with bands like Hootie and the Blowfish, Saving Jane and Jeffery Gaines, been featured on the NASCAR circuit, had his songs played on the radio worldwide and tours across the East Coast.  Zeigler says he is always trying to reinvent himself, always looking to grow as an artist.  He recently began recording in Asheville, NC with a close friend and together they explored the songs that Flint had been writing.  Zeigler says he named the new project The Lumen Sessions because the name of the recording studio is Lumen Audio and because he felt it was like seeing old ideas in a new light.

 

The Lumen Sessions has a worn-in feel to it; like your favorite pair of blue jeans or that one tee shirt you can’t seem to throw away.  There is a familiar, catchy quality to it that leaves the listener wanting to hear more. Each track is sparse, leaving room for all the unique sounds and Zeigler’s poetic lyrics. The Lumen Sessions is, in its basic form, deep poems on a bed of folk, blues and indie rock. Flint says he based this project off of two musical influences, Tom Waits and T-Bone Burnett, and it permeates throughout the entire project while still sounding original.  Traditional instruments like acoustic and electric guitars, drums and organ are matched with “junk percussion” such as 55 gallon drums, old propane tanks, saw blades and homemade percussion instruments.    But the “junk percussion” isn’t the only thing that isn’t so familiar; Zeigler’s method of releasing the project is just as uncommon.

 

Instead of releasing all of the songs at once on a full length album, Flint is releasing The Lumen Sessions song by song each month.  On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Flint puts a new song on his website for fans to listen to and purchase as a download.  He also accompanies each single with a short documentary video where he, and recording studio owner/drummer Ryan Earnhardt, talk about the writing, recording and technical aspects of the track.  After all songs are released, Flint says he will release a full CD.  He hopes this will increase the longevity of the project.  “I always felt that, as an artist, I would work on writing and recording the album for so long, sometimes years, and then when it is released, it’s old news in a week.” Zeigler says.  He also felt the documentary videos are a better way to promote the songs as opposed to music videos.  “I wanted it to focus on the song itself, not a visual or someone’s interpretation of what the song means.  I believe the songs themselves hold enough weight on their own.”

 

And the songs do have some weight in them.  The songs tell stories of murder, divorce, a mother’s timeless advice and yet don’t leave the listener bogged down with despair.  Zeigler has a way with words; he writes as a seasoned wordsmith that is an experienced traveler and a lover of a good story.  His song “On My Love” is based on a true story of a young girl’s disappearance in Pennsylvania near where Flint grew up.  Flint worked at a local newspaper after the girl went missing and he began to follow the story then.  The song is more about the way a small town perceives the crime rather than retelling the actual facts of the disappearance, but it also takes the listener into the mind of a cold-hearted criminal. 

 Flint is currently booking and playing shows across the East Coast promoting his brand of Americana music and The Lumen Sessions.