Sacred Harp Sessions: A Passion Project

Kelly Thomas continues tribute to her influences, plus Kelly Richey adds Freekbass to trio

0 Comments · Friday, January 4, 2013
Kelly Thomas continues The Sacred Harp Sessions, her tribute to the people and music that have influenced her life and career. Plus, The Kelly Richey Band becomes a power trio with the addition of drummer Jyn Yates and Funk master Freekbass on bass.   
by Mike Breen 01.02.2013
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Local Funkmaster Joins Local Bluesmaster's Band

Chris Sherman of funky Cincy bands Freekbass and Freekbot joins Jyn Yates as Kelly Richey Band's new rhythm section

While not necessarily “weird,” when fans discovered that bad-ass, longtime local Blues artist Kelly Richey had started a side-business as a “life coach,” undoubtedly a few thought they misheard or misread. It’s not really a logical step from stunning Blues guitarist and vocalist to personal life coach for hire. Likewise, when I first got an email about the new lineup of Richey’s band, I did a double take. Again, not that it was particularly unusual news — I just didn’t see it coming. (The music world could use a lot more moments like that.)Joining Richey in the new version of KRB is experienced drummer Jyn Yates from Kentucky and Chris Sherman, the guiding force behind popular local Funk group Freekbass (and his new duo project, Freekbot). While Sherman (who goes by his stage name, Freekbass) is best known for his huge Funk grooves, dabbling in modern EDM and rather flamboyant stage outfits at times, Richey’s sound skates the line between hard Blues and Rock; the most flash from her live shows come from out of her fingers as she plays and mouth as she sings.On the surface, the pairing seems on par with Buckethead joining Bonnie Raitt’s band or Flea sitting in with Stevie Ray Vaughan. In other words, it should be quite interesting to hear what the trio comes up with. The first single, “Fast Drivin’ Mama,” offers a hint — the song is a rocking slice of riffing Blues Funk. It’s not drastically different from Richey’s usual sound, but the groove is appropriately huge. Here's the debut single/video for "Mama":The new KRB trio was assembled to record the next Kelly Richey Band album, which the musicians have been working on at Shangri-La Studios in Lexington, Ky. The album — Sweet Spirit — is scheduled for release March 1, followed by tour dates that will take them from Florida to Canada. The trio’s debut show is Saturday in Northern Illinois (Mishawaka, to be exact), but local fans won’t have to wait long to check out the new KRB. The group performs on Jan. 11 at Legends Nightclub in Cheviot. Showtime is 8 p.m. and there is a $10 cover at the door.

'Bot Rockin' Beats

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
If a duo can qualify as a “supergroup,” then Freekbot is a legit local music supergroup. Freekbot features Freekbass (a.k.a. bassist/singer Chris Sherman of Funk crew Freekbass) and Tobotius (a.k.a. Tobe Donohue, producer and founder of world-renowned turntable crew Animal Crackers) in an Electronic duo configuration.  

’Tronic Boom

Improv meets Electronic cool in latest project from resident bass genius Freekbass

0 Comments · Monday, January 24, 2011
These days, Freekbass’ outrage is contextualized by his formidable musical skills, particularly on bass, the instrument that has earned him global attention. His local back story is well documented — befriended by Bootsy Collins, band gigs with Sleep Theatre and SHAG, a burgeoning solo career, sessions and tours with the likes of Buckethead, Bootsy and countless others — but his most recent project might raise his profile to previously unimagined heights.  

The Catfish Nation Celebration

Sept. 4 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, August 30, 2010
Bootsy Collins has assembled a major party to pay tribute to his late older brother (and musical companion) Phelps "Catfish" Collins, one of the most influential guitarists in Funk history, who passed away on Aug. 6. This Saturday at Covington's Madison Theater, Bootsy hosts "The Catfish Nation Celebration" featuring appearances by Ray Parker Jr., Reggie Calloway, Freekbass, Wilbert Longmire and many others.  

New Albums, New Bands and a Tribute to Woody

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday night at Molly Malone's in Covington, The Beau Alquizola Band celebrates its new album, 'Weddings in Louisville,' with the solid support bill of Kyle English, Messerly & Ewing and Mike Fair & the Adventure Seekers. Plus there's news about Brent Gallaher's new CD, Freekbass' new trio, Jake Speed's "WoodyFest" and new Jazz all-star group Jada.  

Help for Haiti, Remembering Esme and Beating the Winter Blues

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Organizers for Sunday's "Help for Haiti" benefit at Oakley's 20th Century Theatre put together a show in just a few days, and the massive and diverse roster of performers shows just how quick to help local artists are when an important cause comes up. The 6 p.m. concert will have Them Bones featuring Cheryl Renee, Freekbass, Kathy Wade, Kevin Fox, Sonny Moorman, Scotty Anderson, Phil DeGreg Trio, Steve Schmidt, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Robin Lacy and DeZydeco and many more acts. Suggested donation is $20. Proceeds go to the Red Cross.  

Freeky Trio Debuts

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Chris Sherman (aka Freekbass) and his Funk band (aka Freekbass) maintain one of the most consistent touring schedules of any band based in Cincinnati. Soon, Freekbass (the man, not the band) will be getting a lot busier, especially if his new "all star" group takes off. His new trio (With DJ Logic and Steve Molitz) gets its official debut Saturday here in Cincinnati.  

Logic Molitz Freekbass

Jan. 23 • Play By Play

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Chris Sherman (aka Freekbass) and his Funk band (aka Freekbass) maintain one of the most consistent touring schedules of any band based in Cincinnati. Now he's teaming up with two high profile musicians for a new project: DJ Logic (known for his groove-intensive, Jazz-informed turntable magic and versatility) and Steve Molitz (the keyboardist behind Particle, a band that helped shape the increasingly popular fusion of Jazz, Funk and Electronica).