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What is Flannery?


What is Flannery? Flannery is Jimmy Flannery and Carlen Dixon, two guys that met for the first time in 4-H camp, and wouldn't crossed paths again until high school, where they were in stage band together. Jimmy was in a band at the time called "IXADUS" which featured his brother on guitar and Jimmy on drums. Although Jimmy's first love was the drums, he got serious about the guitar at age of fifteen and also became the lead vocalist - so he turned his brother onto the bass guitar. After a few drummers that didn't work out, Jimmy called Carlen for the first time and ask him if he would be interested in playing drums, and Carlen said "yes." They started rehearsing in the band room after high school.

They later changed the band's name to "Nsane." After playing lots of gigs, Jimmy's brother dropped out of the band to raise a family and Jimmy and Carlen both agreed Carlen should take the frontman spot. The two found a new drummer and bass player. Over the years, members came and went, but the two kept working on their own songs. Jimmy locked himself up in his room after high school and played from dusk to dawn.

In 1991, the band (now simply called Flannery) released their first single, "Don't Give Up." The song was an instant local hit, and was requested on every radio station in their hometown, as well as other locations. They kicked off a mini-tour to support the "Don't Give Up" single, playing every local festival they could get into. The single sold over 1,500 copies - not too bad for two guys with no management or promoter, opting to handle everything themselves. Then, on Halloween of 1992, Flannery released their first EP, "Fortune Cookie." After the tracks started hitting the airwaves, fans grabbed every copy Flannery had. "Fortune Cookie" sold over 5,000 copies the first 10 months.

The band continued to play clubs, shows and TV appearances, for the next 2 years, and in 1994 began recording their first full length CD. A year later, the album "Betrayed" was complete and released to every radio station in their home state of Kentucky, along with Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and most of the East Coast. They promoted their music via radio, TV and newspaper in every state. Flannery played over 90 shows that summer alone - surpassing anything they had ever done before. "Betrayed" sold over 250,000 copies, and the success of the album lead their music to appear in several B movies and Indie flims. Having opening acts such as Joan Jett, The Georgia Satellites and Richard Marks, to name a few.

At the end of 1997, Flannery wrote two songs for the Steven Seagal movie "Fire Down Below." The band then took a year off from touring to build their own studio. Construction began March 22, 1998 and was completed in November. Flannery started working on their latest album, entitled "2000." The album proved to be another success for the band. On mp3.com, the album was sold to over 12 countries, and claimed the No. 1 spot on the Pop/Rock charts for 10 straight weeks. Four songs from the album peaked at number 1 for over 15 weeks. Four other tracks stayed in the top 10 in their genre. On July 30, 2006, Flannery began work on a new album (still untitled as of yet). At the time of this release, they have 9 songs (out of a planned 13) laid down. Flannery plans to release the album in the Spring of 2007.