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Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean in 2006
Background information
Origin Louisville, KY
Genres Alternative country
Years active 1989–present
Labels Ameoba, Thrill Jockey
Associated acts Eleventh Dream Day, Stump The Host
Members Catherine Irwin
Janet Beveridge Bean
Dave Gay
Past members John Alexander Spiegel, Dan Scanlon, Peter Searcy, Wink O'Bannon, James Bond, Matthew O'Bannon, John Alexander Spiegel, John Rice, Brian Dunn, Lisa Marsicek, Bob Egan, Max Konrad Johnston, Joel Batty, Brendan Burke, John Nickels

Freakwater is an American alternative country band from Louisville, Kentucky, with one co-founding member living in Chicago.


In 1989, Janet Beveridge Bean (of rock band Eleventh Dream Day) and Catherine Irwin founded the band, and they have been supported by several musicians since then, including members of Califone (2005 Thinking of You tour). Bassist David Wayne Gay, formerly of Stump The Host, is another long-time member of the band. They release their records on Chicago's Thrill Jockey label.[1]

The band makes an appearance in the 1994 cult road movie Half-cocked.



  • Freakwater (Amoeba Records, 1989)
  • Dancing Underwater (Thrill Jockey, reissued 1997)
  • Feels Like the Third Time (Thrill Jockey, 1994)
  • Old Paint (Thrill Jockey, 1995, reissued 2003)
  • Springtime LP/CD Thrill Jockey, 1998
  • Endtime LP/CD Thrill Jockey, 1999
  • Thinking of You... (Thrill Jockey, 2005)


  • "Your Goddamned Mouth" / "War Pigs" (1 1/4 York Records, 1991)
  • "My Old Drunk Friend" / "Kentucky" (Thrill Jockey, 1994)
  • "South of Cincinnati" / "Cut Me Out" (Thrill Jockey, 1995)
  • "Hellbound" / "Lorraine" (Thrill Jockey, 1999)


  • Keep On The Sunny Side: A Tribute to the Carter Family (Amoeba Records, 1993)
  • Alt.Country Exposed Roots (K-Tel Records, 1999)

Catherine Irwin solo[edit]

  • Cut Yourself A Switch (Thrill Jockey, 2003)
  • Little Heater (Thrill Jockey, 2012)

Janet Bean solo[edit]

  • Dragging Wonder Lake (Thrill Jockey, 2004)


  1. ^ Reger, Rick (October 12, 1995). "Freakwater". Chicago Reader. 

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