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Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean in 2006
Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean in 2006
Background information
Origin Louisville, Kentucky U.S.
Genres Alternative country
Years active 1989–present
Labels Ameoba
Thrill Jockey
Bloodshot Records
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.[1]


Thrill Jockey[edit]

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.[2]

Bloodshot Records[edit]

In February 2016, Freakwater will release the record, Scheherazade, on Bloodshot Records. In advance of the full-length record—the duo's first record since 2005—Freakwater released a single called "The Asp And The Albatross."[3]




  • 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. ^ Ratliff, Ben (19 February 1998). "In Performance; Pop". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Reger, Rick (12 October 1995). "Freakwater: Old Paint". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Siregar, Cady (3 November 2015). "Freakwater – "The Asp And The Albatross" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 

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