David Goldflies

David Goldflies at Taping of Know Your Bass Player on Film - Photo by Joanne Higgins

David Goldflies at Taping of Know Your Bass Player on Film - Photo by Joanne Higgins

HUFFINGTON POST: Tom Semioli - Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: David Goldflies https://bit.ly/2IQTkl3

An extraordinary upright and electric player, David “Rook” Goldflies anchored the Allman Brothers Band from 1978-82 as the ensemble aimed for more of a commercial audience on record. Though the Brothers were not quite cut out for pop radio, David and the band soared on stage, and Goldflies’ work on three Allmans’ releases Enlightened Rogues (1979), Reach for the Sky (1980), and Brothers of the Road (1981) was exemplary.

Born into a family of classical musicians, David was a key member of Dickey Betts’ Great Southern. Nowadays David is a composer and bassist with the Panama City Pops Orchestra.       

As I was witness - when David Goldflies and Dan Toler joined the then-reunited ABB they brought with them a vibrant, fresh perspective on the blues rock blues rock format which -to my ears - was in a rut by the late 1970s. Composed by Dickey Betts and David Goldflies, and featuring percussionist Joe Lala and vocalist Bonnie Bramlett – dig this pop oriented track "Try It One More Time" https://youtu.be/hS_rGgQpqUI featuring David’s soulful slap-and-pop, harmonic extensions, and sharp tone throughout. Recordings such as this helped expand the language of the genre and introduced a new generation, myself included, to roots and blues music. Enlighted Rogues, Reach for the Sky, and Brothers of the Road, were gems of their era - hence their appeal to my age group. Then we went back and further explored the art-form.

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