Freddie Brooks (musician)

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Freddie Brooks is an American singer-songwriter and blues harmonica player. A native of Wichita, Kansas, he started performing on the Southern California blues scene in 1989.[1][2] He played West Coast blues.

Biography[edit]

Brooks began playing in Southern California in 1989.[3] He played with Bernie Pearl in a few bands before releasing his first and only album, One Little Word in 1999.[3] Brooks was a regular performer in Orange County, California.[4]

Brooks also played with Jim Belushi.[5]

A 2003 article in OC Weekly noted that Brooks retired from music.[5]

Reception[edit]

Randy Lewis of The Los Angeles Times praised Brooks' 1999 album One Little Word, complimenting the range of emotions of the songs.[4] Mike Boehm, also of the Los Angeles Times, noted Brooks' versatility on the album, and compared his backing band to Booker T. & the MGs backing Otis Redding.[3] The OC Weekly ranked Brooks as #111 in the greatest Orange County bands of all time, calling One Little Word one of the best albums of the decade, citing its originality and energy.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • One Little Word (1999)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boehm, Mike (15 September 1999). "Album Review; The Word on 'One Little Word'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  2. ^ "FORMER KANSAN MAKES SPLASH IN CALIFORNIA FREDDIE BROOKS IS A RISING STAR IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLUES SCENE". Wichita Eagle. 14 November 1999. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  3. ^ a b c Boehm, Mike (15 September 1999). "The Word on 'One Little Word". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (6 January 2000). "The Orange County Contenders". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "The 129 Greatest OC Bands Ever: 90 - 129". OC Weekly. 19 June 2003. Retrieved 8 April 2011.