Steve Freund

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Instrument: Guitars, Vocals
Birthday: July 20, 1952, Brooklyn, NY

5001 Garvin Av.
Richmond, CA. 94805

eMail: FREUND@prodigy.net

Guitarist, producer, and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful,no-nonsense" guitar work has recently relocated to the West Coast following 18 years as one of Chicago's most respected musicians.

Widely sought after for his knowledge of and fluency in the Blues idioms, Freund has earned a reputation as one of the hottest players on today's blues scene.

He served an unreproducible apprenticeship after leaving N.Y.C. in 1976, learning the role of second guitar behind Hubert Sumlin, Lee Jackson, Homesick James, Louis Meyers, and many others. Steve spent two years with Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones, learning the deep blues and the idiosyncrasies that are part of the art.

In 1978 he became Sunnyland Slim's main guitarist, playing just about every gig the piano legend did up until the time of his death. Freund became the consummate piano accompanist, working with Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Walker, Henry Gray and others.

High points that began in the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village include:

Telluride Jazz Fest '79 -'80 with Paul Butterfield
West Coast tour with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson '79
Chicagofest with Sunnyland Slim '81
European tour with Luther Allison '81
US tour with Legendary Blues Band '82
Europe with Koko Taylor including Montreaux '82
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest '89
Benson & Hedges Blues '90
1995 Europe w/Little Charlie & Nightcats
1995 S.F. Blues Fest
1997 Boz Scaggs R&B Tour
1998 Chicago Blues Fest

"gifted young guitar-wiz."
Toronto Star

"Steve Freund shines every time he steps forward, playing with sizzling drive, taste, and real creativity."
Pete Welding-Downbeat

"masterful, no-nonsense guitar work."
Rolling Stone


Set Me Free w/ Gloria Hardiman (Razor)
Romance Without Finance (Red Beans)*
Chicago Jump w/ Sunnyland Slim Blues Band (Red Beans)
Blues Explosion w/ Koko Taylor (Atlantic)**
Tell My Story Movin' {Louis Meyers}(Earwig)
Broadcasting {Saffire}(Alligator)
Lucky Man {Henry Gray} (Blind Pig)*
Snooky {Snooky Pryor} (Blind Pig)*
Gravel Road {Magic Slim and The Teardrops} (Blind Pig)*
Shining the Pearls {Mr. B} (Blind Pig)
Goin' to California {B.B. Odom} (Flying Fish)*
Yoko's Blue Monday Jam {Yoko Noge and Clark Dean} (Jazz me Blues)
Gotcha! {Barkin' Bill Smith featuring Steve Freund} (Delmark)
Al Miller's Wild Cards {Featuring Steve Freund and others} (Delmark)
Live at The Dinosaur {Steve Guyger} (Remedy)
Sweetheart of The Blues {Bonnie Lee featuring Steve Freund} (Delmark)
Come On Home {Boz Scaggs} (Virgin)
Heart of Chicago {Mark Hummel} (Tonecool)*
You're Not There {Wendy DeWitt and Blue Saloon} (Wette Music)*
Crying {Big Time Sarah} (MCA German)
Goin' To Chicago {The Big Four Blues Band} (MCA German)
Halsted Sessions w/ Lazy Poker Blues Band (Herman's German)
* also produced
** grammy winner

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