Episode 88: Tom Freund
Air date: 8.22.2013
Today’s music world is filled with exceedingly talented artists who are not easily placed in a stylistic box. Maybe they’re too twangy to be categorized as ‘rock,’ or not commercial or vapid enough to be called ‘pop.’ Or maybe they’re just too damn good to fit into the new corporate structure of modern music. Tom Freund is just this kind of artist. He spent the 90s as a member of the indie-cult institution, The Silos, and began releasing albums under his own name in 1998. Since then, he has racked up an impressive list of accolades from rags like The New York Times and The Washington Post and made music with his musical confidante Ben Harper, as well as artists like Jackson Brown, Greg Leisz, jazz organ virtuoso Jimmy Smith, Graham Parker, Brett Dennen and Mandy Moore. Freund can shift easily between instruments like guitar, piano, ukulele, upright and electric bass and sing his insightful and catchy songs in a slightly raspy tenor that wins over even jaded Los Angeles audiences. He has a brand new live album called “The Stronghold Tapes” and will be touring internationally to support it.