They call their music "Ameri-kinda." Thoughtful chaos is fostered, genre
boundaries are ignored, humor is embraced, and talent abounds, whether
performing as a duo or with their band, The Flying Salvias
Orkestra. Henry is well known for his expressive piano style and
impressive chops, and Kathleen's voice is full of heartfelt emotional
appeal whether crooning, belting, or just singing a story.
As to songwriting, their lyrics contemplate the mystery of creation,
riff on Shakespeare, visit a friend in jail, compare misguided love with
chameleon car paint, or swing from depression and doubt to simple joy;
all while wrapped in the rhythms of beatnik jazz, swing, rock, country,
folk, rhumba, samba, or whatever groove they deem appropriate at the
time. This refusal to linger long in any one musical lane also holds
true of the cover tune detours The Flying Salvias occasionally take.
This is Ameri-kinda!
They have 2 CDs to their credit, with a third in progress. They are
famous for their tune, "Brick by Brick", featured on the Lego Island
In addition to Henry on keys and vocals, and Kathleen on vocals and
acoustic guitar, the full band features David Phillips on pedal steel,
John Pearson on percussion, Ken Owen on drums, and Dave Golia on bass.
Over the years, Houston Jones, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Emmylou
Harris, Big Lou's Dance Party, Peter Rowan, Joe Cocker, Barbara
Morrison, Tom Waits, Denny Laine, and Metallica have all had the
pleasure of working with one or more of The Flying Salvias.