Ethical Brew invites you to join Alice and Freebo for this special holiday concert featuring a very merry selection of songs and lots of good cheer, plus an opportunity to help turn out the vote in Georgia on January 5th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Fair Fight (fairfightinitiative.org), an organization founded by Stacey Abrams.
But the fun doesn't stop there! There will be a special after-concert Zoom party where you can get to chat with Alice and Freebo included with a full-price ticket purchase of $25 or more. Tickets for his concert are on a sliding scale of $15 - $250 with perks see ticket link for full info.
With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, singer and songwriter Alice Howe offers a modern love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues. Vistas and the faces and emotions they summon unfurl with compelling grace on Visions, Howe's anticipated debut album, released last May. Produced by former long-time Bonnie Raitt bassist Freebo with a stellar cast of musicians and recorded in Bakersfield, California, Visions features new originals alongside Alice's interpretations of iconic songs from her family's vast record collection. A young artist discovering her own power, Alice pays homage without succumbing to imitation. Early praise for Visions has streamed in from gatekeepers such as American Blues Scene and smitten local press alike. "Sometimes we're lucky enough to catch an up-and-coming artist as they fly into our radar," critic JD Nash writes. "This is one of those times."
While Visions marks a stunning full-length debut, Howe has been marked as one to watch for several years: She released an EP entitled You've Been Away So Long in 2017, which bowed on the FOLK-DJ chart with a no. 1 Most-Played Song, "Homeland Blues." In addition to being a NewSong Music Songwriting and Performance Competition Finalist in 2018, she spent fall of that year on a critically acclaimed tour of the UK and the Netherlands. Howe is also a veteran of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and FAR-West Folk Alliance conferences, where she has performed formal showcases. In 2019, she was selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist.
Here is was music insiders are saying...
"There's an uncomplicated beauty to Alice Howe's music, and on Visions' ten songs, the beauty rarely falters." - PopMatters
"Howe not only has a luminous alto voice full of warmth and delectable nuance, but she also writes smart and affecting lyrics flavored with wit and irreverence." - The Patriot Ledger
"Sometimes we're lucky enough to catch an up-and-coming artist as they fly into our radar. This is one of those times." - American Blues Scene
"I always wondered what it would have been like to be at Club 47 when Joan Baez first walked into perform. Now I know when Alice started singing in our studio tonight. She possesses one of the finest voices of any female singer-songwriter coupled with a warm and engaging stage presence."
- Rich Warren, host, WFMT Chicago's Midnight Special and Folkstage
"How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel's bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that's how."
- Vance Gilbert
"Classic emotive folk reminiscent of Kate Wolf, Alice Howe's earnest lyrics and heart-melting vocals might be the musical equivalent of lying in the dark beneath a clear sky of stars."
- Robby Hecht
FREEBO is an award-winning singer/songwriter (2008 Posi Award for "Best Song"in The Most Uniting Category, The '07 Los Angeles Music Awards "Best Folk Artist", Winner '07 South Florida Songwriting Contest, finalist in 2009 The Great American Songwriting Contest), but he is probably best known as a Folk-Rock-Blues Icon. For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time--people like Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has alsoappeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. It was his yearning for more creative expression, however, that drove Freebo to begin a process of deep inner discovery, and this has led to his successful transition as a singer/songwriter.
From world renowned bassist (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Dr. John, Loudon Wainwright) to award winning singer/songwriter, Freebo's music touches your heart with songs of life, love, dogs, and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics as well as in prose and narrative. He has also appeared on the classic TV shows Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, The Tonight Show, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.
Here's what critics are saying about Freebo:
"Freebo is more than one of LA's best players, he's also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass"
- Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting
"Freebo's intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless."
- Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville
"Standing Ovation is an astounding song which encompasses a profound view of life, destined to become a classic."
- Russ Paris, Folkworks.org
"Listening to Freebo is like riding on a cumulus cloud of peaceful awareness, a cosmic blend of folk/country/rock/soul ear-pleasing genre-defying music."
- Walt Falconer, Cool Album Of The Day
"'Freebo sounds as if he's not really singing to you; he's talking to you. One of the best albums of the year."
- John Shelton Ivany, jsitop21.com