Troubles come and troubles will go. Much like the rain this year. But add rain, rock, and flower named bands, you’ll get Black Flower Blossom.

Melissa May, Mario Salcedo, Carl Abila, and Jay Burk make up Black Flower Blossom. This rocking little band from the Tri-cities area of Michigan is looking to shake off some bad vibes and rattle the rafters playing at Dirt Fest this year. Carl happened to have a few minutes and decided that answering a few of our questions would be a cool favor to make a reality. Let’s us know what you thought or if you see the guys live!

NRR: You guys are from the Tri-Cities area of Michigan and have been very busy to make some improvements. What’s been going on with the band in the last year since you formed in 2014?
Carl Abila: We are just trying to play out as much as possible and hopefully get back in studio soon.
NRR: Great! Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Dirt Fest 2015?
Carl Abila: It’s one of our most favorite times of year to play and we look forward to playing in front of new faces every year!
NRR: Will we hear any new material at Dirt Fest this year, say from a new album?
Carl Abila: Yes! One of our goals was to play something entirely new this year!
NRR: What kind of rush do you guys think you might get playing at Dirt Fest this year and is it a different kind of rush then say a local venue with only a few hundred people?
Carl Abila: It’s always a rush for us in front of almost every crowd but with Dirt Fest, its definitely a bigger opportunity for us, because of all the other bands involved as well.
NRR: What are some of the influences musically that someone listening to you for the first time will recognize right away?
Carl Abila: Fleetwood Mac and Tool
NRR: That’s an interesting mix. What can we expect from the BFB camp in the coming days after Dirt Fest is again eagerly awaited in 2016?

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Carl Abila: Still plan on hitting shows throughout the year and hopefully hitting the road in the south after the new year.
NRR: Is there a band or bands on this year’s Dirt Fest line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Carl Abila: Coal Chamber and Hellyeah!
      NRR: How important is selling merch for a band like Black Flower Blossom at a festival like this? Who gets the lucky duty of designing and figuring out what to sell since you are still somewhat new to the scene?
Carl Abila: That’s where we depend on making a little money. As far as who is going to sell it, that is to be determined.
NRR: For anyone that might not have heard your music before, what can they expect to get from your sound on stage, being a self described rock band?
Carl Abila: You will ALWAYS get a great stage performance by Melissa May and a tight sound to back up her strong vocals.
NRR: How do people from three different former bands get together and form a completely new project that seems to be gelling quite nicely?
Carl Abila: I’m still trying to figure that out


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After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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