By: Stacy Keith
D.G. Flewellyn is a name well-known in the Lubbock music industry. Flewellyn is a Lubbock native, and graduate of Estacado High School and a Texas Tech University educated musician, Flewellyn has a long history in the community and an encyclopedic knowledge of venues, musicians and Lubbock history. He is an incredibly diverse and eclectic repertoire of instruments.
Like many musicians, his parents loved music and he was exposed to it through their outings. He would sit in the car at the Cotton Club which was famous for its soul music and R&B. He would sneak over to the Main Street Saloon to listen to music when he wasn’t even a teenager. His mother was herself talented and sang in the church choir.
He started out his career as a percussionist – he loved the drums. He began to take notice of the guitar as he watched other musicians play. He was amazed at “what one guitar and a musician could do.” So, Flewellyn began to teach himself how to play. He had a great voice too and was asked to stand in during a “sing/song” Texas Tech event and he performed “Fire and Rain” with a guitar. He was intensely nervous, but he shouldn’t have been, he had found his element.
He was a hit – a natural musician coupled with his amazing voice, things began to move forward for him in his desire to create a musical career. During this time of growth Flewellyn describes music in Lubbock as an organic process. He began playing with other local artists and dabbling in songwriting, but it took a nudge by a good friend for that special creative process to begin.
Flewellyn was on vacation with his family and found a spot and inspiration on this friend’s porch to begin writing. He wrote 6 songs that day and his well-known “Comin’ Home” was one of those songs. Flewellyn began to record his songs on a cassette recorder and played them for friend and fellow Lubbock musician John Sprott in the car after a gig one night. Sprott was amazed and encouraged Flewellyn to have some of his songs professionally recorded. Flewellyn first recorded “Comin’ Home”, followed by “House of Doom” and then “Different Point of Blue”. Sprott’s encouragement was just what was needed to record and continue to move his career forward in Lubbock.
During those early days, travelling musicians would come through Lubbock and stay with other musicians and Flewellyn and his family often opened their home. Long ago places such as No Frills Grill and Stubbs Bar B Que Restaurant were among the popular places for local music. They would hold jam sessions with both local musicians and those bands travelling through to play.
Like many musicians, Flewellyn worked within other careers and shared that early on he worked as a dark room tech and photographer. He played mostly within the community, and began recording. He recorded “House of Doom” locally as well as “Different Point of Blue.” He always valued family and stayed in Lubbock to care for his dad as he aged.
He is the real deal, seasoned, a great businessman and excellent Texas musician. Flewellyn loves to perform live and collaborate with other musicians. He is featured on the 2020 Lubbock Music Now album produced by Civic Lubbock. He’s currently working on recording “Don’t Let Me Fall” at Lubbock’s Amusement Park Recording Studios. Flewellyn is a bright, interesting and very talented musician – if you can’t locate him on a stage or studio – you might find him in his garden. He is an avid gardener with a very green thumb. His music may be found on his website at flewworks.com as well as on You Tube and your favorite digital music platform.