FreeWorld has been an independent, regionally touring, ever-evolving Memphis-based musical ensemble since 1987, and are currently celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2017. 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 current band members that range in age from 18 to 87-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, Stephen Perkins and a host of others during his 72 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, 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 was honored to receive a coveted Brass Note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame in 2012, and have a brand new studio CD set for release in the Fall of 2017, recorded at Ardent Studios here in Memphis (featuring a special guest appearance on drums & vocals by Jody Stephens of Big Star fame), and mixed by the inimitable Dave Aron at Hollywood Way Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Keep your eyes & ears tuned in to FreeWorld throughout 2017, as this celebratory year stands as a proud milestone in the band’s musical odyssey that now spans almost a third of a century.