Folk & Beyond with Aer Stephen
Thursday, May 3, 2007, 5PM (EDT)
Aer Stephen welcomes Freebo to the WTJU studio just hours before his show in Charlottesville at The Gravity Lounge (where he will be joined by Charlottesville's Terri Allard, with David Bailey and Scuffletown also on the bill.) The plan is to start at 5, just after the BBC and Virginia news.
From bass player/band member with Bonnie Raitt for a decade to countless studio sessions and tours with artists ranging from John Mayall, CSN, Maria Muldaur and Ringo Starr, to T.V. appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "Midnight Special," and "Muppets Tonight," as well as tuba performances with Dr. John and the legendary Spinal Tap, Freebo has achieved status and respect in a creative and highly competitive field. Not satisfied with simply resting on his laurels as a top sideman, however, Freebo has continued to push his creative envelope, and has evolved into an award winning singer/songwriter with three solo CDs to his credit; 1999's "The End Of The Beginning," 2002's "Dog People" (songs about the human/canine connection), and his latest, "Before The Separation", which was nominated in 5 categories in the JPF Awards, had 2 songs in the top 10 of the International Songwriting Competition, and won the prestigious South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. Showing his complete arrival and comfort as a singer/songwriter, The Philadelphia Inquirer said of his latest CD, "Freebo's stepping into a new role of singer/songwriter suits him well. "Before the Separation" flows with a compassionate spirit rooted in '60s ideals, but packing a gently urgent relevancy. The songs are built on Freebo's acoustic guitar and fretless bass, giving them a sublimely folkish foundation that occasionally heads off into rock and soul. The finale, "The Freedom Wall," shows that, in addition to an engaging earnestness, Freebo is also capable of biting irony". Freebo's songs span styles from folk, blues, & country to R&B, reggae, and rock'n'roll, and incorporate themes of love, struggle, triumph, peace, and the journey of life. His live performances, mainly on acoustic guitar, take you on a musical and lyrical ride, creating an intimate unity with his audience.