The UK might not have quite as large a country scene as somewhere like the United States but this means that there is a particularly easy spot for a true country performer and that is if they are as big in Nashville as they are here. Jamie Freeman is one such man.
Seemingly sharing his life out between his time in the UK and his time in the US where he tours, collaborates, writes and records. He has written and collaborated with some of the finest songwriters Nashville has produced including Ben Glover, Brandy Zdan and Angaleena Presley to name but a few. What is most notable about Freeman’s work is that he really throws himself into it feet first. There is nowhere to hide in the raw and powerful songs that he stitches together and he puts the hours in to not only craft his own music but help others create their own. Dreams About Falling is a rich and vibrant testimony to his talent that branches out with a resplendent soundscape that Freeman carefully comprises of roaring electric guitar, tender slide guitar, earnest drum beats and playful bass lines.
That is one of the most refreshing aspects of Freeman’s work as well. Although he is the embodiment of classic country melodies he also has his own unique sense of playfulness with which he experiments, injecting his tunes with untold new promise. Songs like The Deer start with these upbeat and jovial bass melodies that don’t immediately feel like they fit with his work but then as the surrounding instrumentals come in to join it you realise that it feels completely natural and cannot imagine his songs without it. These unique twists and turns result in a country album that is unpredictable. One cannot tell which direction the music will go any more than the context and topic of the songs. Freeman shows his true artistry with his lyrics as they range from the touching and heart-rendingly personal to the hauntingly beautiful.
Dreams About Falling is one of the best country albums to come out in recent times and even more so in the UK. Freeman has a veritable host of celebrity friends who appear on the album alongside him including Angaleena Presley, Brandy Zdan and Amy Speace all of whom lend their inimitable style to his genuine and beautiful album.
2019 Live Dates:
May 16th – Lewes, UK – Lewes Con Club
May 18th – Emsworth, UK – Harbour Records
May 21st – Brighton, UK – The Prince Albert
May 24th – Surbiton, UK – ExCellar
May 25th – Lewes, UK – Union Music Store
June 20th – Shoreham-by-Sea, UK – Ropetackle Arts Centre
June 25th – Eastbourne, UK – The Crown & Anchor
June 28th – Manchester, UK – Night People
July 30th – London, UK – Borderline*
July 31st – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana*
August 1st – Manchester, UK – Gullivers*
August 2nd – Glasgow, UK – Òran Mór*
August 3rd – Hamburg, Germany – NOCHTWACHE*
August 4th – Berlin, Germany – Privatclub*
August 5th – München, Germany – folks! club*
August 6th – Köln, Germany – Blue Shell*
* = Supporting Wade Bowen
Review by Joe Knipe