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"...fuses a mojo mix of rock, soul, jazz, reggae, blues, and psychedelic music... a sound that is as unique and diversified as each of its members."

 

= WHO WE ARE =


  FreeWorld has been an independent, regionally touring, ever-evolving Memphis-based musical ensemble since 1987, and recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2012. Drawing from influences as broad-based as Booker T. & the MG'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.

  Featuring 82-year-old jazz saxophone legend Dr. Herman Green (who has performed &/or recorded with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, B.B. King, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Phineas & Calvin Newborn, Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Stephen Perkins and a host of others during his 68 year professional music career), FreeWorld is literally 'new school meets old school', and has been variously described as "The best of Memphis, New Orleans, & San Francisco - all rolled into one fresh & excitingly unique musical experience!"

  They've also had the privilege of sharing the stage with a wide variety of musical legends over the years, such as Levon Helm, The Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, 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.

  Their recent Brass Note Induction Ceremony on Beale Street consisted of the unveiling of both their & their long-time trumpet man, William "Nokie" Taylor's, new Brass Notes on the Beale Street Walk of Fame by the Beale Street Brass Note Committee, as well as several short speeches given by current & former band members and closely associated partners from their 25 year history of playing Memphis Music on Beale Street.

  “Eventually Everything Will Happen”, FreeWorld’s brand new 25th Anniversary Documentary DVD (produced and directed by Jonathan Pekar at Ardent Films), celebrates their longevity and accomplishments on film for the first time and allows the viewer to meet the band up close and personal and hear their story through a wide variety of both inside sources (including current & former band members Richard Cushing, Dr. Herman Green, Ross Rice, Willie Waldman, Dave Aron & Hope Clayburn, among many others), as well as closely associated outside perspectives (including Luther & Cody Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes, Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Jim Gaines, & "Jim Dandy" Mangrum from Black Oak Arkansas) that span the broad spectrum of the band’s 25 year history.

  “Yesterday, Today… Tomorrow”, their 6th full length release, is a retrospective companion CD to their brand new 25th Anniversary DVD documentary, and includes thirteen tracks culled from their five previously released albums, as well as three additional bonus tracks never before released on any official FreeWorld CD. (Featured guest performers include Luther & Cody Dickinson, James Govan, & The Masqueraders).

  “Eventually Everything Will Happen” and “Yesterday, Today… Tomorrow” serve as proud milestones in a musical career that now spans more than a quarter of a century. We can only wonder what the next 25 years will bring for FreeWorld, but one thing is for certain: “Eventually Everything Will Happen"!

  In addition, both releases also proudly feature original paintings on both the front & back covers (and on the discs themselves) by prominent Memphis-based artist John Lind with HairFarmer Studios.

 

= THE HEADLINES =

 

The BrokenString: Voices and Shadows in Modern Memphis Music documentary
by Robert Allen Parker and Nan Nunes Hackman will be coming out in 2010.
View trailer here:

 

FreeWorld - "From the Bluff"

If you haven't picked up a copy of our new CD "From the Bluff" yet (produced by Jim Dickinson, & featuring guest appearances by his sons Luther and Cody Dickinson, Art Edmaiston, Hope Clayburn, Nokie Taylor, Rick Steff, The Masqueraders, James Govan, Jackie Johnson & Richard Thomas), then feel free to ask any one of us at one of our upcoming gigs, and we'll be more than happy to hook you up!

You can also feel free to pick one up at a wide variety of music stores across the Memphis & Mid-South area (such as Spin Street, Davis-Kidd, Border's, & Cat's, etc.), or you can also download a copy directly to your computer or iPod from a wide variety of online music distributors such as iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com, or directly from the new digital store on our website at http://www.FreeWorldJams.com


CHECK OUT THE REVIEWS

GET IT NOW - IT ROCKS!!

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Musician's Health Care Insurance Info!!

If you are a local Memphis Musician in need of health insurance assistance, feel free to go to the Church Health Center (located at 321 South Belleview, ph. 272-7526), and tell them you need the "Memphis Plan" application form. Fill it out (listing the "Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission" as your Employer), and be prepared to be able to provide proof (via recent tax returns, etc.) that you make at least 51% of your annual income directly through the music industry. The MSCMC will then pay the monthly premiums for you, and you'll be good to go!

If you have a problem qualifying for this plan, we also had a representative from another Health Insurance Agency give a presentation at our MSCMC Board meeting last month. Feel free to contact Beth Lemley, Outreach Coordinator, at:

Memphis & Shelby County Community Services Agency
1407 Union Avenue, Suite 1300
Memphis, TN 38104
901.531.6235
bethany.lemley@msccsa.com
http://www.covertn.gov
1-866-COVERTN
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Hip YouTube Videos:

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatles fan named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, sneaked into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Jerry has produced an incredible, animated film about it... check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmR0V6s3NKk

In addition, here's a TRULY GLOBAL & inspiring recording of the song, "Stand By Me"... check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM

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If you're a Facebook user,
 check out my new profile
(listed as "Richard Cushing")
and befriend me!

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And if you're not already a regular listener to the online radio station ALLMEMPHISMUSIC.COM  http://www.AllMemphisMusic.com then YOU NEED TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM!! This is one of the best things to ever happen for both veteran Memphis recording artists and the current crop of up-and-comers to the scene - as well as for all the fans of EVERY type of music that the fine city of Memphis has ever produced (yeah, that means YOU!) So you owe it to yourself to CHECK IT OUT & HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!
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In other related CD news, FreeWorld's ENTIRE CATALOG OF RECORDED MATERIAL is now available to be digitally downloaded through iTUNES as well as several other digital distribution networks, so POWER UP YOUR iPOD & DOWNLOAD ALL 5 FREEWORLD CDs ASAP!!
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Through our friends here at WEGR (Rock 102.7 FM), we have uploaded a couple of songs off our new CD to "NEW!"

"NEW!" gives recording artists the opportunity to get their music heard on a national platform by exposing it to more than 10 MILLION PEOPLE PER MONTH on over 400 radio station websites across the country!

If you would like to help us promote our songs NATIONWIDE, please click on both of these links:

http://www.rock103.com/cc-common/artist_submission/player.html?art=188311

http://www.rock103.com/cc-common/artist_submission/player.html?art=188307

The more plays we receive by you helping us promote our songs on "NEW!", the greater buzz
we'll generate around it, and the better chance we'll have of being recognized by all the stations!

For additional information please refer to the FAQ page at:
http://www.rock103.com/cc-common/artist_submission/faq.html
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UPDATE - All of FreeWorld's music can now be digitally downloaded through the new BurnLounge digital distribution system, so please feel free to check out an online digital music store & DOWNLOAD AWAY!!
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Please continue to keep in mind that FreeWorld's side project "KALEIDOSCOPE" now plays EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT as an acoustic quartet at The Brookhaven Pub in East Memphis from 9:15pm-1:30am (located right next door to the Clark Tower at 695 W. Brookhaven Circle; ph. 680-8118), plus we now play EVERY OTHER TUESDAY NIGHT as an electric quartet at the Young Avenue Deli (located in the heart of Midtown at the intersection of Cooper & Young; ph. 278-0034) from 10pm-12am.

Make sure to drop in & catch the rotating line up of Richard, Brian, David, Jim Britt, Richard Thomas & David Cousar play exciting, impromptu versions of many of your favorite songs by artists such as The Grateful Dead, The Band, Gov't Mule, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Phish, Ben Harper, The Black Crowes, Jack Johnson, The Beatles, FreeWorld, & MANY MORE... DON'T MISS IT!
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David Thorn from Vexar Entertainment put together a St. Jude Target House Benefit CD entitled "Wednesday Nights in Memphis" which features many of the artists (FreeWorld included!) that have performed there for the children over the past couple of years. MAKE IT A POINT TO BUY A CD FOR THE KIDS at VexarEntertainment.com/cd.html or drop in to Spin Street and say hello to our own E.J. Dyce while you buy a copy of the CD!!

Dave also continues his weekly, hour long internet radio program called "The Vexar Entertainment Hour" as a Podcast that streams from http://www.VexarEntertainment.com with new Webisodes added every Monday. It focuses on unsigned, indie rock from the Midsouth - from acoustic to metal. If you have an MP3 you'd like him to play, email it to thorn@vexarentertainment.com . Make sure it's high quality, radio friendly and in MP3 format, & HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!

The recently recorded FreeWorld single "Save Our Soul" (featuring James Govan on lead vocals) was recently #1 on their TOP 10 listener request line -- SWEET, THANKS Y'ALL!!

You can purchase your own personal copy of "S.O.S." at either Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street, at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music on McLemore Avenue, or at ANY FreeWorld performance...
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The local record label 'Inside Sounds' http://www.insidesounds.com recently released Fried Glass Onions - Memphis ROCKS The Beatles, (Vol. 3) which features yet another batch of classic Beatles songs recorded by some of the best musicians, vocalists, & bands that Memphis has to offer - with FreeWorld performing a particularly psychedelic version of the Beatles song "Tomorrow Never Knows" (a copy of which you can hear on our MySpace page)... BE SURE TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN COPY OF THE CD WHILE THEY LAST -- IT ROCKS!!!
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Make sure you check FreeWorld alumnus Ross Rice's newest media venture at:
http://www.rollmagazine.com
It a new Arts & Entertainment magazine he's created with the help of his wife, Jamaine, and several additional associates for his new home region of Upstate New York.
CHECK IT OUT - IT ROCKS!!
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Check out this recently published online article on our dearly departed original drummer Jimmy Ellis at: http://www.visnat.com/entertainment/music/blueswax/bluesbeat.cfm
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Check out FreeWorld on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2X8W9JaRMY

This is some really nice footage of us (with special guest percussionist Semajt) covering Paul Simon's "Late in the Evening" at our home away from home - Blues City Cafe on Beale Street. It was recorded last fall by the Travel Channel as they filmed us for a segment of their "5-Takes, USA" reality travel show.
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If you are a MySpace user, check out FreeWorld's profile & become our newest "Best Friend" at: http://www.myspace.com/FreeWorldJams
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Just reminding you that FreeWorld's acoustic side project "KALEIDOSCOPE" plays a dinnertime set at Alfred's on Beale EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING from 6pm-9pm. We'll also be performing this month at The Brookhaven Pub in East Memphis on Thursday, 10/18, & at Alfred's on Beale (as 'Electric Kaleidoscope') on Wednesday, 10/24.

Make sure to drop in & catch the rotating line up of Richard, Brian, Jim Britt, Richard Thomas & David Cousar play "unplugged", acoustic versions of many of your favorite songs by artists such as The Grateful Dead, The Band, Gov't Mule, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Phish, Ben Harper, The Black Crowes, Jack Johnson, The Beatles, FreeWorld, & MANY MORE... DON'T MISS IT!
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Our dear friend and "hippie" clothing & accessories designer Melody Dawn has recently updated her website located at: http://www.melodydawndesigns.com
New items have just been added, so check it out & pass it along to ALL of your friends as well! JAMONIT, MELODY!! :-)

She's also added an entire page of Sale items left over from this summer that she REALLY wants to move, so check out the website! Custom orders have resumed as well, so if you need a Panic Hoodie for fall tour you better let her know ASAP, the list is filling up!!
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David Thorn from Vexar Entertainment put together a St. Jude Target House Benefit CD entitled "Wednesday Nights in Memphis" which features many of the artists (FreeWorld included!) that have performed there for the children over the past couple of years. MAKE IT A POINT TO BUY A CD FOR THE KIDS at VexarEntertainment.com/cd.html or drop in to Spin Street and say hello to our own E.J. Dyce while you buy a copy of the CD!!

Dave also continues his weekly, hour long internet radio program called "The Vexar Entertainment Hour" as a Podcast that streams from http://www.VexarEntertainment.com with new Webisodes added every Monday. It focuses on unsigned, indie rock from the Midsouth - from acoustic to metal. If you have an MP3 you'd like him to play, email it to thorn@vexarentertainment.com . Make sure it's high quality, radio friendly and in MP3 format, & HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!

The recently recorded FreeWorld single "Save Our Soul" (featuring James Govan on lead vocals) was recently #1 on their TOP 10 listener request line -- SWEET, THANKS Y'ALL!!

You can purchase your own personal copy of "S.O.S." at either Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street, at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music on McLemore Avenue, or at ANY FreeWorld performance...
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The local record label 'Inside Sounds' http://www.insidesounds.com recently released Fried Glass Onions - Memphis ROCKS The Beatles, (Vol. 3) which features yet another batch of classic Beatles songs recorded by some of the best musicians, vocalists, & bands that Memphis has to offer - with FreeWorld performing a particularly psychedelic version of the Beatles song "Tomorrow Never Knows" (a copy of which you can hear on our MySpace page)... BE SURE TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN COPY OF THE CD WHILE THEY LAST -- IT ROCKS!!!

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Also, don't forget the weekly "Juke-N-Jamm" show on WQOX - FM 88.5 on Saturday afternoons.  Check out their website (plus see some live FreeWorld performance photos at:
http://www.jukenjamm.com/juke/photos/FreeWorld1/FreeWorld.htm

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The Memphis Public Library's "Memphis Music Archives Project" is currently collecting as much of our Memphis' music history as they can possibly get their hands on. Anything with historical significance you can offer them in the way of audio &/or video recordings, photographs, print & media publications, flyers, posters, or miscellaneous documents will be welcomed.   Jud Phillips is also conducting video interviews to augment their print archives.  Please make it a point to contact Jud or Patrick via e-mail at jud@phillipsmemphis.com or odanielp@memphislibrary.org for additional information about the project, to set up a video interview time, &/or to drop off your historical contribution.

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In a related item, Tommy Warren (station manager for the Memphis Public Library's WYPL-TV & FM) is currently spinning Memphis related music on the air -- 8 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAY PER WEEK!!!  Please drop off any CDs you have legitimately, commercially released to the broadcast center located in the Main Branch of the Memphis & Shelby County Public Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue.  Leave them for Tommy Warren, and say hi if he's available!

 

= ADDITIONAL NEWS =

 

We now have access to an entirely new batch of FreeWorld merchandise options!  Check out http://www.cafeshops.com/freeworldjams to view all of our new items - from adult & children's apparel, to tote bags, coffee mugs, frisbees, clocks, mouse pads, calendars, & postcards, etc.  Please feel free to avail yourselves of these cool, new merchandise options!

Many bands have great websites, but are not able to give their fans downloads of all their music in a safe and profitable way. There is a new website that can do just that, and you can link to it here at http://www.qtrnote.com.  We have ALL our music there (as do many other Memphis Artists) and we should all support a company willing to promote the best of what Memphis Musicians have to offer! Please visit their website and check it out.

If you are not a member of The Recording Academy (NARAS) and would like to see about becoming one, please contact me directly or check out http://www.grammy.com for more info.  To keep your Recording Academy membership current for the coming fiscal year, please contact either Courtney or Katherine at our Memphis Chapter's brand new offices (located in the heart of the South Main Historic District at 493 S. Main St., ph# 901.525.1340).

We would like to thank all of you who have placed orders directly through us for our CDs - it is much appreciated, I assure you! In particular, copies of our new "Live from Memphis" CD are moving off the shelves at an incredible rate, as they are available in almost all of the retail music stores located in Memphis & the Mid-South area thanks to the kind folks at Select-O-Hits Distributing. If you would like to order a disc (or 4!) by mail, click the logo
for an attachment that will make the process easier for you. Please print it out, mail it in with a check or money order.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL (&/OR INTERPLANETARY) MUSIC SCENE!!!

 

Herman says:
"Hey man, check out the pics of the Live From Memphis CD release party from Clay."
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Visit John Lind's photo gallery from the live  recording sessions.
JOHN'S LIVE SHOW Vol. 1

JOHN'S LIVE SHOW Vol. 2

 

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FreeWorld Rocks The Beale Street Music Festival
Beale crowd breaks record 108,00 jam in two days. Read the entire Beale Street Music Festival Music Review from the Commercial Appeal
here.

FreeWorld can easily be called the tightest jam band in Memphis ...They mesmerize audiences with their free-form funk/soul/fusion ....This hip band should be headlining out on the H.O.R.D.E. tour. --
Nancy Apple

...while the faces have changed, the band has still managed to consistently improve, something that is especially evident on their recordings. FreeWorld's latest, Diversity, is the best of the three discs the band has cut so far...Diversity shows off the band's best ... with the catchy "D-Up" being a particular favorite. As for the jams, instead of focusing on noodling that is best appreciated live, this time out the band thankfully reined it to make room for the 15 quality compositions. --
Mark Jordan

FreeWorld's forte is getting the funk out, and that's precisely what they do on their best tracks.... reminds me of a cross between Traffic and George Clinton, with its ecstatic Ur-groove, flute-player-on-acid vibe, and exuberant shouted chorus....lyrics seem almost incidental in the face of this lavish musical blitz. --
Stephen Grimstead

The overall sound of (Diversity) to me sounds like the perfect mix of what would happen if Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and Widespread Panic had a baby.--
JamBands.com

Get down with the most versatile band in Memphis. That is what I do every time I experience FREEWORLD either live or on their latest CD called "DIVERSITY". When I listened to this CD for the first time, I had to do a double take to make sure that this was the same CD playing. Never have I seen so much variety from one band.--
Memphis Dave


Thanks to everyone who called in a pledge of support for the Soul-A-Thon on Soul Classic 103.5FM! They used our recently recorded tune "Save Our Soul" (featuring special guest James Govan on lead vocals) as this year's theme song. You can still support Soulsville, USA by purchasing your own personal copy of "S.O.S." at Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street.

To help Soulsville continue its mission of preserving and promoting our rich soul music heritage at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and to mentor at-risk inner city children through music education at the Stax Music Academy, please visit our website or send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Soulsville
870 E. McLemore Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106
www.soulsvilleusa.com