FreeWorld has been an independent, regionally touring, ever-evolving, Memphis based musical ensemble since 1987, and recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2017. Drawing from influences as broad-based as Booker T. & the M.G.s, John Coltrane, Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, and The Meters, these brothers under one multicultural groove have remained a consistently entertaining and informed voice on the Memphis music scene since the group’s inception.
FreeWorld was honored to receive a coveted Brass Note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame in 2012, and they’ve also had the honor and privilege of sharing the stage with a wide variety of musical legends over the years, including Levon Helm, The Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, Bootsy Collins, Richie Havens, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, Hot Tuna, Los Lobos, Merl Saunders, Dr. John, Timothy Leary, John Sinclair, The Bar-Kays, Ann Peebles, Steve Cropper, James Cotton, Mojo Buford, Jimmie Vaughan & Double Trouble, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, and Widespread Panic just to name a few.
FreeWorld’s 7th CD release, entitled “What It Is”, is FreeWorld’s tightest and most ambitious set yet. Produced and recorded at world famous Ardent Studios in Memphis (Led-Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, The Replacements, R.E.M., Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc.), the new CD features a special guest appearance on drums & vocals by Jody Stephens of Memphis power pop cult classic “Big Star” fame. Sonically, the new disc was mixed by FreeWorld’s most successful alumnus, the incomparable Dave Aron (Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Sublime, Prince, moe., Rob Wasserman, J.Lo, etc.) at his Hollywood Way Studio in Los Angeles, CA., and mastered by Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters in Memphis, TN., so you KNOW it sounds AMAZING!
The CD packaging contains a download card included inside so you can digitally download our new music to your various electronic devices, and we’re also proud to once again feature the amazing art of Memphis painter/muralist David Lynch on the cover. In addition, when you purchase a copy of “What It Is”, we’ll also be throwing in a FREE EP of a live set of “FreeWorld with Levon Helm” from back in 1995 – ENJOY!
Also please feel free to check out our newly updated website at: www.FreeWorldJams.com
Keep your eyes & ears tuned in to FreeWorld throughout 2019 and beyond, as this celebratory year stands as a proud milestone in the band’s musical odyssey that now spans almost a third of a century.