By Amanda Hatfield
For Hometown News
INDIALANTIC -- Award-winning musician Brian Flynn's best-kept secret is about to be big news in the country music world.
He and his band, Flynnville Train, have planned a visit to the Space Coast Saturday, Feb. 2, to film a music video for the group's track "Tip a Can," a song Mr. Flynn wrote about the Brevard County area.
Formed in 2001, Flynnville Train is a four-member country rock band from Central Indiana.
The quartet is comprised of Brian Flynn, lead singer; Brian's brother, Brent Flynn, lead guitarist, strings player, and vocalist; as well as Tommy Bales on drums; and Joseph Shreve, vocals and bass.
Flynnville Train has made many headlines in the past few years, as the group roars down the tracks of the music world.
The group was originally signed by country singer Toby Keith's label, Show Dog Nashville. After a three-year relationship with Mr. Keith's label, they parted ways and Flynnville Train joined Hallmark Direction Company. The quartet is now managed by Marshall Morris of AMP Entertainment, LLC.
"Not too many people know about Melbourne, but it's one of my favorite places to visit," Brian Flynn said. "I love it here so much that I decided to write a song to tap into the true feeling of this area."
"Tip a Can's" opening lyrics immediately transport listeners to Mr. Flynn's beloved second home: "Soakin' my feet on the hot Sebastian sunshine sand, watchin' the girls struttin' by in their Coppertone tans."
From their album, Redemption, "Tip a Can" has a feel-good sound.
"The song is about celebrating with friends - a cheers - where people are happy," Mr. Flynn said.
"'Tip a Can' is the next 'Red Solo Cup,' summertime song that just makes you want to smile," said Mr. Morris, president of AMP Entertainment, LLC.
When Flynnville Train roars into town on Feb. 2, they invite all their fans and friends to "Tip a Can," as they film their music video.
"We'll be shooting throughout the county," Mr. Flynn said. "Everyone is welcome to come out. We want a little bit of everything!"
Louie Andrus, owner of Lou's Blues in Indialantic, said he would like to extend an invitation to all those interested in being a part of music history.
"On Saturday night, Flynnville Train will play at 9:30 p.m. for about 45 minutes," Mr. Andrus said. "They're the most entertaining band we've had at Lou's Blues, and I know people will love their music!"
Good friend and fishing buddy Rick Dollard describes the boys of Flynnville Train as "good ol' boys."
"Flynn and the guys are always fun to be around, and they're very down to earth, too," said Mr. Dollard.
Brevard County residents are welcome to come out to Lou's Blue's, located on Highway A1A, just south of Eau Gallie Boulevard, in Indialantic, as well as Sebastian Inlet and along the Indian River - once shooting times are announced.
"There are a lot of great things coming from Flynnville Train this year," Mr. Morris said. "Our goal is to finish production of 'Tip a Can' and release the video around spring break."
Recently, Flynnville Train was named France's Highway FM's "Best International Artist 2012.
"Flynnville Train loves all the experiences we've had and we certainly don't take it for granted," Mr. Flynn said. "While we've been lucky enough to go all over the world, we're just a group of blue-collared guys who love playing music."
More than anything, Mr. Flynn and his bandmates said they can't wait to get back to the place that has inspired them so much.
"I love fishing and playing in the ocean," Mr. Flynn said. "It's the best of both worlds there. Plus, (the band) loves the people in Brevard. Our fan base has been growing like crazy!"
For more information about Flynnville Train, visit the band's website at www.FlynnvilleTrain.com.