Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Fla., Miles was the youngest of 10 children. During his teenage years, for fun, he used to sing with his friends on street corners. At 18 he competed in a local talent contest and won and then had his first epiphany.
Progress led him to becoming the lead singer for a band called the Unfits, founded by his friend Bob Greenlee (founder of King Snake Records). The band performed at the Ocean Pier, a local teen club on the beach, where old friends Gregg and Duane Allman used to come and listen and sometimes sit in. Floyd later turned down an invitation to join the Allman Brothers Band as their drummer instead choosing to concentrate on raising his growing family. However, in the late '70s Floyd accepted another invitation to join the Allman Brothers Band out on the road.
Miles is a well-seasoned singer, with a smooth, soulful sound that immediately sets him apart from the amateurs. "Goin' Back to Daytona" reunites Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts on the title track, as well as the cut "No Life at All." Sonny Rhodes joins the party with his lap steel guitar in tow for "All the Love I Can." Other tasty treats include Ace Moreland's slide guitar on "That's Why I'm Here Tonight" and Warren King's lead guitar on the hilarious "Love on the Rocks."
205 Lake Boulevard, Sanford, Fla. 32773
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