Art in America (band)
Art in America
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Genres||Progressive rock, pop|
|Labels||Sony / Pavillion Records|
The band was the first-known rock band featuring a pedal harp to appear on a major record label. Art in America was formed in 1980 by brothers Chris Flynn and Dan Flynn and sister Shishonee (real name Ruetenik). Harpist Shishonee, was formally a member of the band The Trees Community. Joining Art in America was friend Jim Kuha. Originally called Father, the band's name was changed to 'Art in America' and under this name the group began opening for popular English pop artists such as U2 and Roxy Music. In 1983, the group released their first studio album under Sony / Pavilion Records. Produced by Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer producer Eddy Offord, the album contained their most popular song "Art in America" which received airplay on MTV, and radio stations throughout the United States. The songs were co-arranged by Steve Morse who also contributed a guitar solo for the song "Undercover Lover". The guest keyboardist on the album was T Lavitz.
In hopes of a better deal in releasing a second album, the band moved to Los Angeles in 1985. However, the band found the pay to play gig situation in L.A. to be hostile and disappointing. The band still records music and loads to many internet sites for free song streaming, as well as album and singles for purchase.
- Chris Flynn – Vocals, Lead guitar – Fender Stratocaster – (1974), Rickenbacker 330 12 string
- Shishonee Flynn – Lyon & Healy Pedal Harp, Koto, Tamboura
- Daniel Flynn – Drums – Fibes Drums, Gamelan bell tree, percussion
- Jim Kuha – Bass Rickenbacker 4001, Moog Taurus bass pedals, 12-string guitar – Ovation
- Garry Galloway – Keyboards Korg, Yamaha, Akai and Mellotron
- Art in America (1983) No. 176 on the US Billboard 200.
- Cloudborn (2019) 
- Art in America – Performing live at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on March 8, 1983 Wolfgang's Vault
- Art in America – Performing live at the Capitol Theater, Flint, Michigan on May 8, 1983 King Biscuit Flower Hour
- "Art in America" (1983) No. 23 on the US Mainstream Rock charts
- "Undercover Lover" (1983) No. 33 on the US Mainstream Rock charts
The cover for the self-titled debut (commissioned and painted by Ioannis) is featured in the book "1000 Record Covers" by Michael Ochs, and published by Taschen. In 2018, in a reprise of his participation with the group, Ioannis commissioned the cover for Cloudborn.
- "Our Story". Art in America. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
- "Chart History - Art in America". Retrieved July 23, 2016.