June 19, 2018

LA & East Coast Gigs + New Album Bio

Hey fine persons of the planet. As the album gets set for release at the end of the summer – I’ll be playing songs from “East Of Lincoln” at a venue near you. Just back from a couple sweet ones in NorCal, there’s one in LA tonight and then off to the East Coast – also below the shows listed is a bio for your reading interest to get a flavor of what’s to hit your ears in the coming months with some singles and videos as well. Thanks for your continued listening. Cheers, Tom

Tuesday 6/19/2018 4th Street Recording Night at Harvelle’s
Santa Monica at 10pm FB EVENT
with Adam Stockpole and The Dark Holidays opening
* Band w/ Matt Johnson, Ben Peeler and Ethan Philips

Friday June 22 Falcon Music & Arts Center
1348 Route 9W Marlboro, New York 12542
* Full band w/ Konrad Meissner, Kevin bents and John Young
Tickets website: https://www.liveatthefalcon.com

Saturday June 23 Lachat Farm
Weston, CT, US
Special “Hug Trees” Kidz show @3pm/ TF and Friends Evening show for adultz @7pm
* Full band w/ Konrad Meissner, Kevin bents and John Young

37 High Street, Farmington, CT 06032
Get Tix Info about venue: http://www.stanleywhitman.org
* Super intimate Solo Acoustic Show (5:30-8PM)

Wednesday, June 27 Rockwood Music Hall
Playing songs from the forthcoming “East Of Lincoln” in an intimate acoustic setting, “mostly solo” with a guest or 2 🙂 7pm Show
185 Orchard St , New York, NY,10002

Sunday, September 9 Kander Kultur Festival 2018 Switzerland
Tickets gibts in den Filialen der Spar- und Leihkasse Frutigen FB EVENT
* With Michael Jerome and Ben Peeler from the USA

* More Dates TBA soon
Tom Freund // East of Lincoln

Over the course of his career, singer/songwriter and Americana artist Tom Freund has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with everyone from Matthew Sweet to Guided by Voices. Freund’s intimate, heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path from self doubt to enlightenment. “Time to take the wheel and turn this thing around / Time to make a deal and see what’s going down,” he affirms on “Runaround.” Freund takes his time and lets these new songs simmer, and that—along with memorable guest spots from longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players—is a big part of the record’s charm.

Quietly reveling in its unhurried pace, East of Lincoln sticks in the mind long after listening. Within the record’s framework, Freund tackles progress, hope, and the corporatization of his beloved Venice Beach, which he captures as a bittersweet vortex of vanishing beauty and possibility. “I know I’m no saint, but I know when something is good and when it ain’t,” he sings on the title track, mourning Venice’s fading allure while basking in its once-electric atmosphere. The album dances on the edge of a stark duality: the sun-drenched SoCal beach town’s demise and Freund’s own eventual growth arc. “Better start swimming toward the shore,” he urges on “Abandoning the Ship.”

Much of the record—co-produced by Freund and Sejo Navajas (Smoke Season’s Gabrielle Wortman, Vintage Trouble)—is devastatingly raw. The primarily acoustic arrangements are livened up with some spectacular drumming from Matt Johnson (St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley) and Michael Jerome (Toadies, John Cale, Blind Boys of Alabama), pedal and lap steel from Ben Peeler (Dawes, Shelby Lynne, Father John Misty), keys from Rami Jaffe (Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams) and Chris Joyner (Sara Bareilles, Rickie Lee Jones) and violin from Jessy Greene (Wilco, The Jayhawks). But even with all these studio heavyweights on call, Freund is front and center on the record, singing and playing an eclectic mix of instruments including guitar, mandolin, ukulele, synth and his signature upright bass.

Ben Harper, who produced Freund’s 2008 record Collapsible Plans, lends his vocals to “Abandoning the Ship” and supplies steel guitar to ethereal closing track, “Dream On (Believe in Yourself).” Grammy-winning mixer Jim Scott, known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Ron Sexmsith, Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams and many more, steps in for several sterling moments as well, leaving his sonic stamp on title song “East of Lincoln,” dreamy standout “Homer Simpson’s Clouds (Day of the Locust)” and dusky saloon romper “Poached Eggs.”

In many ways, Freund’s entire life and career have been leading up to this moment. He’s spent much of his time traversing genres, melding whatever sounds have happened to catch his whimsy with his unmistakable, earthbound songwriting. Back in high school, Freund played bass in the jazz ensemble and performed in productions such as Swing. A few years later, he enjoyed a brief stint in the off-Broadway scene and took classes at Columbia University in New York, later transferring to Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., but when music came knocking again, Freund answered.

His very first album was 1992’s Pleasure and Pain, a duo set with Ben Harper. For the next five years, he also toured and recorded with The Silos before releasing North American Long Weekend, his 1998 solo debut on Mercury Records. Moving ahead into the new millenium, Freund churned out several additional records while also assisting with projects from Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Graham Parker and other notable artists. From a handful of EPs to his 2007 kids record Hug Trees and 2011’s The Edge of Venice to his appearance playing alongside Parker in 2012 Judd Apatow comedy This is 40, Freund’s career has been a dynamic affair, and that includes plenty of work in film and TV.

His songs have been featured on series such as Better Things, Parenthood and One Tree Hill, and for his latest television project, forthcoming Amazon show Pete The Cat, Freund has co-written, sung and played songs with Elvis Costello, KT Tunstall, Dave Matthews and Diana Krall, and has also co-written the show’s theme song with creator Swampy Marsh (Phineas and Pherb). Costello takes lead vocals on each episode’s opening theme with Freund handling backing vocals and most of the instruments. Freund also co-wrote and sings the show’s end-credits song, “Go Pete Go.” All 14 episodes of the animated series are scheduled for release this September.

East of Lincoln builds on Freund’s legacy while pushing beyond his comfort zone. “Angelus” is a groovy, organ-doused opener, and “Freezer Burn” a vulnerable mid-tempo affair reflecting on personal flaws in the wake of a breakup. “I was running on hope and fumes,” he sings. And where “London Bound Lady” is feathery and sweet, “Broke Down Jubilee” is gutting and mournful, glimmering with tears and silver-lined strings.

Freund’s new record is a potent reminder that life is measured not just by our successes, but by how we choose to grow from our failures.

East of Lincoln is out Sept. 7 on Surf Road Records.

Publicity: Baby Robot Media


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May 10, 2018

LA/Inland/SF & NY/CT Shows in May/June/ Album Coming Soon

Hola My California Amigos! Got Some Shows coming up where I will be premiering songs from “East Of Lincoln” the forthcoming album due out in August with Singles and Videos coming at ya starting this month! For starters, California, Here’s 3 groovy shows:

Thursday May 17th Hotel Cafe (Second Stage)
Songs from “East Of Lincoln” starting at 9pm
Tix: https://www.hotelcafe.com/tickets/?s=events_view&id=7776

Saturday 19 May 2018 Claremont Folk Festival 2018
Sontag Greek Theater
Claremont, California 91711
Tix: http://www.folkmusiccenter.com/folk-festival.html

Friday 15 June 2018 The Lost Church
65 Capp St, San Francisco, California 94103
Tix: Intimate Venue – Limited Seating

NY and Beyond (East Coast Branch)

Friday 22 June 2018 Falcon Music & Arts Center
1348 Route 9W Marlboro, New York 12542

Saturday 23 June 2018 Lachat Farm
Weston, CT, US
*Special “Hug Trees” Kidz show daytime/ TF and Friends Evening show

Wednesday 27 June 2018 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
185 Orchard St
New York, NY,10002
TICKET LINK: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1669033

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December 30, 2017

Been A Great Year Amidst . . .

It Certainly has been a great year amidst a lot of chaos, and yet flim flam, life travels on, I still love what I do, even though the challenges are many, the rewards are true. Finishing up a new record which I am extremely into, most likely titled “East Of Lincoln” – making new songs reflecting life as i see it and hear it is always exciting to express. Thanks for your continued support on my making records and playing shows, it means the world to me.

Another fun thing I’ve been doing this year is composing songs and singing and playing for this groovy kids show called Pete The Cat, there’s a year’s worth of episodes in the can and it starts with this New Years Special on Amazon TV ; Pete The Cat: A Groovy New Year Songs I have co written with the creator Swampy Marsh are now being sung by Elvis Costello, Dianna Krall, Dave Mathews, KT Tunstall and yours truly! You can also hear plenty of my noodling on various string things in these ditties.

Many Blessings for a fortuitous new Year and i’ll see y’all soon in 2018! Peace Love and Unite, T
I leave you with a photo of me and my daughter who joined me on tour this past summer in Europe, here we are in the hills of Verona: she is my pride and bella , Paz, T

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December 7, 2017

Miracle Theater Show for Inglewood Arts and Vid of the week

Event on FB:
Tom Freund Music and Friends with special guests. Excellent holiday music and party 🎉 7 to 11pm. AN incredible night devoted to Inglewood and a terrific cause. (read more below)

** Also Video of the week in tribute to George Harrison, on the anniversary of his passing 16 years ago, here’s 2 takes on 2 FB pages at The NYC resevoir #HereComesTheSun Amen, T
Tom Freund Music on FB and
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Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley/St Vincent) on drums. Ben Peeler (Wallflowers/Shakira) on lap steel and guitars.Ethan Phillips (Brett Dennen/De La Soul) on bass. Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz/Raining Jane) on cello and voice.

*** Dorian Holley
*** Plvnk
*** Pete Molinari
*** Carlos Calvo

Over the past 18 months, The Miracle Theater has sponsored, produced and streamed community-engaged performances and events in downtown Inglewood. These events have been a source of joy and pride for all those who have participated. The Miracle Theater Foundation will enable a quarterly showcase of locally-engaged, cultural programming as well as education programs for school aged children. As The Miracle Theater establishes itself with multiple performance artist residencies, The Foundation will support in-house visits by area music programs with artists and technicians to learn how professional entertainment is created, produced and exhibited. #InglewoodArts
Kid Friendly

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August 18, 2017

Video premier of Let my Love Open the Door and accompanying Tour

Feels very wonderful to announce the Video Premier from Relix Magazine of “Let My Love Open The Door” – Tom Freund feat. Ben Harper! May your day be filled with love and many many doors open to you! Please Play and Share!
#LetMyLoveOpenTheDoor #summerplaylist #BenHarper #TomFreund#PeteTownshend #ukulele #newmusic #Relix #coffeehouse #tunecore #spotify #itunes #youtube

Also Check out this tour with Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals starting Sunday: East Coast!

20 Aug 2017
Albany, NY
Hart Theatre at the Egg Tix

22 AUG 2017
Selbyville, DE
The Freeman Stage at Bayside Tix

23 AUG 2017
Port Chester, NY
Capitol Theatre Tix

25 AUG 2017
New Brunswick, NJ
State Theatre Tix

26 AUG 2017
Atlantic City, NJ
Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City Tix

27 AUG 2017
Montauk, NY
The Surf Lodge FREE

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