Flatbed Honeymoon formed in the early 2000s around the songwriting duo of two Louisiana State University English professors Eric Schmitt and Randolph Thomas. Bassist Denise Brumfield joined in 2008, and the trio headed into the studio to record their debut self-titled record with producer Fred Weaver. The fifteen-song record was listed in the top five local albums of 2008 by magazine 225 Baton Rouge. Later in 2008, drummer Kevin Casper joined as a permanent member, and the band continued to perform regularly throughout the south. Randolph Thomas left in the fall of 2009, and guitarist/mandolin player Jimmy Sehon joined to complete the current Flatbed Honeymoon lineup that has opened for the likes of Guy Clark, David Olney, and Jimmy LaFave. The self-produced album The Traveler was released in April of 2011.