SRR 070 Freddie T. And The People Gypsy City LP (+CD)
If a good record collection were to form a band, it could be Freddie T. and the People. And in any good record collection should be Freddie T. and the People.
Songwriter and bandleader Fred Erskine (guitar, vocals) has made a career of being in bands you may have seen live or whose records you may have bought, including : Hoover, June of 44, The Crownhate ruin, The Boom, Abilene, and Just a Fire.
He has also jammed with or played on records by Make Up, Trans Am, Him, and the Sorts, to name a few.
The People (Josh McKinney, guitar; Andrew Greenburg, bass; Dino Maglinte, drums; Matt Chandler, trumpet; Bret Reyburn, trumpet) are all seasoned musicians who have made a career of playing shows you may not have seen and making records you probably haven’t bought, but should have.
The music of Freddie T. and The People is, “gritty, bulldog soul” (Rivierfront Times), an upbeat take on rock and classic rhythm and blues. Fred writes songs about working hard at work and at home, as a husband and father. The songs avoid the cliché of the world-weary musician, and rather provide a soundtrack for long summer nights of back yard grilling with friends and loved ones. These are desperate songs with a shout of promise for the future.
Though older now, Fred isn’t resting on his laurels or losing his edge. According to Alive! (Columbus, Oh), “Thankfully, rather than fumble through one of those ‘mature’ impressions of Johnny Cash or Tom Waits that inevitably score rave reviews in Rolling Stone, Erskine has opted to make something like a Fool’s Gold album.”
The band's latest LP, “Gypsy City”, it’s second full length album, is themed on the notion that despite all the struggle there is a place where we can all meet and be free. In Gypsy City, we shrug the oppression of financial responsibilities for a place where dreamers can work hard at the things they love and enjoy the fruits of their labor. A place where people bring good ideas to share and improve upon.
“Gypsy City” was recorded at Russian Recording Studio with Mike Birdavsky (Rogue Wave, Murder by Death, We are Hex, Magnolia Electric Co., Racebannon). It will be released on Sick Room Records (Kash, Pink Mountain, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Three Second Kiss, Ten Grand). It features art work by Damon Locks.