Original Willamette Valley Rock ‘n’ Roll
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The Flow is the union of an acoustic duo and a hard rock band. Rita Brown (Corvallis Gazette-Times favorite female vocalist,  2010) and guitarist/songwriter Bill Smyth toured the Pacific Northwest between 1997 and 2003, playing everything from  children’s shows to retirement centers. They recorded two CDs and during this time managed Oregon's longest running folk  coffeehouse. Rita was also the guitarist and lead singer for the eclectic all-girl trio Crooked Kate, while Bill played with popular  Albany band 49 Fingers and contributed guitar, keyboards and cross-dressing to “Rocky Horror Show” and other local theater  productions. Bassist Mike Grattan and original singer-drummer Don Thorp were members of the powerhouse rock outfit Knockout John,  and met Rita and Bill while gigging together in a Joe Cocker cover band. In 2008, Rita, Bill, Mike and Don formed The Flow.  Don moved on in 2009, shortly after the completion of the band’s first CD, All Things Flow. Fortunately, virtuoso drummer Jed  Irvine had just arrived in Corvallis and The Flow snapped him up. After playing with several fine keyboardists over the years (Susan Peck, Charlie Parker, Fumi Funahashi), The Flow has  settled into its current sound with Jay Yaich on keys. Jay also brings new original music, rocking lead and rhythm guitar, and  tasty vocals to the band. The Flow took a hiatus in 2011 as Rita and Bill spent the year working and playing in Europe and aboard a research ship on  the Indian Ocean. Inspired, the band re-united and began the 16-month task of producing its second CD, Spring Wind. The  Flow is now firmly in performance mode, raising the roof at local venues and on winery stages (which admittedly don’t have  roofs) around the Willamette Valley. Last but not least, The Flow boasts the finest sound engineering in the valley thanks to the technical savvy and creativity of Steve Smith (Rita’s brother).   Offstage, Rita, Bill, Jed, and Steve work at Oregon State University, and Jay is a city planner. Mike… well, Mike is retired and the envy of the rest of the band.
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