Reverend Freakchild

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Reverend Freakchild
Also known asFordham
Bhoomi Sparsha
Sal Paradise
Floyd Graves
Fleetwood
OriginHawaii
Genresblues, country blues, psychedelic blues, folk, country music
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active2001–present
LabelsTreated and Released Records
Associated actsSoul Coughing
Bananafish
The Neptune Ensemble
The Soul Miners
The Lucky Devils
The Cosmic All-Stars

Reverend Freakchild is a New York City-based musician, singer, and songwriter, known for writing and performing a distinct style of the blues incorporating elements of psychedelic music, country music, and the blues.

History[edit]

Reverend Freakchild grew up in the U.S. state of Hawaii and was exposed to music at an early age, as his mother was a classical pianist and his father loved blues music. He attended Northeastern University in Boston, where he earned a degree in philosophy and religion, but decided to pursue music full-time.

Freakchild played in an early version of the alternative rock band Soul Coughing, headed by singer-songwriter Mike Doughty. Afterwards, while in Boston, he formed the roots rock jam band Bananafish. Other musical groups Reverend Freakchild has performed with include the Neptune Ensemble, the Soul Miners, the Lucky Devils, and the Cosmic All-Stars. He also has been a featured soloist and member of the Metro Mass Gospel Choir, with which he has performed at major Manhattan venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Town Hall.[1]

Reverend Freakchild released his first full-length album, Blues & Spirituals, in 2001, and released his second album, Hymn Hustler, in February 2003.[2] In 2004, Freakchild released a collection of songs with the Cosmic All-Stars called Time Passes Strangely.[3]

God Shaped Hole[edit]

In 2010, Freakchild released his most recent full-length album, God Shaped Hole.[4] The album was generally well received by critics, with reviewer Ivan Nossa stating that the album is "like a garden with many flowers and every flower has its own beautiful color."[5] Critic Mike Wood noted that Freakchild "holds genuine gold in his heart, and when he listens to his muse fully, "God Shaped Hold" is compelling and raw..."[6]

Chaos and Country Blues[edit]

Freakchild recently announced that his next album, titled Chaos and Country Blues, will be released in January of 2013. The album was designed as if it is a greatest hits album, but it is actually a new studio album. According to Freakchild, the album consists of "the stripped down blues sounds of love and death songs." The liner notes include a mock obituary of Freakchild written by Jon Sobel.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview, Freakchild mentioned that he is a Buddhist but that he also considers music to be his religion. Freakchild states that the blues and Buddhism can both be seen as ways of confronting reality and the truth of human suffering.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums
Title Album details
Blues & Spirituals
  • Released: 21 April 2001
  • Label: Treated and Released Records
Hymn Hustler
  • Released: 4 February 2003
  • Label: Treated and Released Records
Time Passes Strangely (EP)
  • Released with the Cosmic All-Stars
  • Released: 28 September 2004
  • Label: Treated and Released Records
God Shaped Hole
  • Released: 21 August 2010
  • Label: Treated and Released Records
Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues
  • Released: 8 April 2015
  • Label: Treated and Released Records
Illogical Optimism
  • Released: 1 June 2016
  • Label: Treated and Released Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Limnios, Michael (20 November 2012). "Reverend Freakchild: Blues Buddha". Blues.Gr. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Reverend Freakchild: discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Time Passes Strangely". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ "God Shaped Hole: Releases". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  5. ^ Nossa, Ivan (21 January 2011). "CD REVIEW: Reverend Freakchild - God shaped hole". The Muse's Muse. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  6. ^ Wood, Mike (10 May 2012). "Reverend Freakchild, "God Shaped Hole"". Foxy Digitalis. Retrieved 21 December 2012.

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