FREEBO - IF NOT NOW WHEN
Release date - September 4, 2015
Kari Estrin Mgt/Consulting
PO Box 60232, Nashville, TN 37206
IF NOT NOW WHEN is the culmination of Freebo’s successful transition from world-renown bass player to world-class songwriter, artist, and producer. The CD is a combination of newly written and recorded songs, interspersed with previously recorded songs, all re-sung, re-mixed, and sometimes re-orchestrated. Freebo’s revealing and poetic lyrics are beautifully supported and emotionally enhanced by the varied styles of music he has played with so many of the legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll, artfully producing his songs by focusing on his acoustic guitar and voice with tastefully augmented instrumentation, including his iconic fretless bass. A rare combination of musical sophistication and lyrical wisdom, IF NOT NOW WHEN is an inspiring, motivational, deeply revealing, and often humorous look into a kind, thoughtful, and artistic soul whose musical imprint has been memorably embedded in the last six decades of American music. [Read More]
Previous CDs - Something to Believe
Something to Believe
"In a cluttered world that seems to thrive on excess, self-promotion, and personal and political agendas, listening to Freebo and his new album is like riding on a cumulus cloud of peaceful awareness. Freebo’s songs are at once uplifting while also serving as mini socio-economic/political history lessons interspersed with beautiful melodic love songs in his own cosmic blend of folk/country/rock/soul ear-pleasing genre-defying music”.
—Walt Falconer, CoolAlbumOfTheDay.com
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Previous CDs - Before the Separation
Before the Separation
"Before the Separation flows with a compassionate spirit rooted in '60s ideals, but packing a gently urgent relevancy."
—Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Before the Seperation" is very soulful, introspective, heartfelt, and thoughtful.
—Bill Thames, Shake Magazine
What the CD reveals is a very good songwriter at work, with thoughtful, articulate lyrics and original melodies, beautifully arranged.
—Arthur Elliot, Sidestream Radio, Brisbane, Australia
Record Release Concert
Record Release Concert
"One of America's Best Folk Venus and Listening Rooms"
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH
8pm - $22.50
Friday Sept. 18th
McCabes CD Release Concert
See info above
Far-West Folk Alliance Conference
Marriot City Center, Oakland, Ca.
Tuesday Oct. 27th
Freebo delivers Music & Message
Friday Oct 30th
Black Crystal Cafe, Ann Arbor, MI
Friday Nov. 6th
Folk Friday Concert,
Connecticut Folk Club
New Haven, Ct www.ctfolk.com
Sunday Nov. 8th
Livingston, NJ House Concert
Res & Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed. Nov. 11th
FREEBO & HAROLD PAYNE Concert
The O Mansion, Washington, DC
Email for Res & Info
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference
Review Paul Zollo
Freebo is more than a beloved musician, he’s an institution. Most famous for the funkified precision and fluid soul of his bass playing for Bonnie Raitt, he’s also a longtime beloved studio cat, a musician’s musician, sought out for his greatness in the studio by everyone from Ringo and Dr. John to CSN, Aaron Neville, Marie Muldaur and the late great Willie DeVille.
But Freebo is more than one of this town’s best players, as those in the know have known for a long time: he’s also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter. Like other famous musicians most often linked in the public’s mind with artists they’ve supported onstage and on recordsers, his own voice as a singer-songwriter hasn’t received the attention it’s been due. But the guy is a seriously good writer, as expressive in his writing as on a bass.
If anyone has written a more poignant song about homelessness than “Where There’s No Place Like Home,” I haven’t heard it yet, but I hope someone tries. Because it’s aiming high, to write a song about a subject so hopeless without being hopelessly maudlin or cliché, so most songwriters don’t even try. Freebo does it with easy grace, as simple and right as the beautifully understated arrangement..