Freedy Johnston

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1990s 2000s


1961, Kinsley, Kansas, USA. Johnston, a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music defies easy categorization, made his debut for Bar/None Records in 1990 with the Chris Butler-produced The Trouble Tree. An accomplished record, highlighted by the artist’s succinct lyrics and able characterization of his subjects, it received positive reviews throughout the US underground. Can You Fly was better still. The opening line: ‘Well I sold the dirt to feed the band’, was clearly autobiographical, the singer having pawned his family farm to raise money for the studio recording. The results of this investment were impressive, Johnston raising the standard of his still emotive songwriting to produce a succession of neat, charming pop songs. It won him significant praise and a major label recording contract with Elektra Records. 1994’s This Perfect World was produced by Butch Vig and, while lacking some of the irreverent exuberance of Can You Fly,...

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