Fred Eaglesmith





























Fred Eaglesmith
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FRED EAGLESMITH Fred Eaglesmith is a Canadian singer / songwriter / storyteller / comedian who reads books on nano-technology, likes machinery, and runs his farm entirely on wind and solar energy. And his band has their quirks, too. For the past decade, Fred and his free-spirited troop of modern-day troubadours have worn a zig-zag trail across North America, with trips to Europe and Australia recently added to their quixotic adventures. The miles winding away through the night beneath the wheels of their battered bus bear the mark of their passing. In their rearview mirror are scenes of rabid Fredheads whooping and whistling for the raw, driving country soul scorching the stage. Audiences laughing until their sides ache at the hilarious personal tales Fred weaves into his show. Newly converted fans stunned into silence as the balladeer shares poignant tales of aching loss ó or grinning at his tongue-in-cheek take on the human condition. Fred Eaglesmith is unstuck in time. His stage show hearkens back to an earlier era of country and roots music when entertainers would spin tales and spout one-liners between tightly crafted tunes. Yet Fredís songs ó and his stories ó are carved from keen observations of the modern world and how it affects Everyman. Across the continent, a growing number of Fredheads surge into roadhouses, honky tonks, old churches and high-ticket theaters to revel in the experience that is a Fred Eaglesmith concert. Fred has broken all the rules on his way to becoming a Juno award-winning and critically acclaimed artist. He has done so consciously, purposely, and fully aware of the price tag attached. "Weíre out of the music business now," he says. "We donít want to win any awards, I donít want a publicist, we donít need critics reviewing the music. I went into a record store the other day, and my CDs werenít in there. And I was glad." Fred doesnít have a repertoire of radio hits. What he does have is better. On any given night, from Ontario to Texas, he could perform entire sets from requests for his original tunes called out by the audience. "I've never had to compromise ó not that I would," Fred says. "My fans recognize the integrity in the music, and they would detect any crack in the wall and call me on it." Fred was raised on a series of farms in southern Ontario by an extremely religious father. He recalls his childhood as being in one of two places, either working the farm or driving to church. His father lost the farm, and by age sixteen Fred had left home, hopped freight trains out west and made his way back east to the farms of Ontario. After pursuing music in his younger years, Fred settled down and started a business that flourished beyond his dreams. Then the bottom fell out, and Fred went back to music to pay the mortgage. He landed a publishing deal in Nashville with Bluewater Music and returned with enough to catch up the payments on his farm. Then he hit the road. And the road has never been the same since. He owns his own CDs and has started a new record company ó AML, A Major Label ó not only for his own music but to give a leg up to talented young artists. When heís not writing songs (which he does every day), Fredís active mind is constantly coming up with new concert ideas and new merchandise ideas, building his thriving business to the level of success that suits him. Fred has had 30 or 40 cuts by minor artists, plus major cuts by The Cowboy Junkies, Chris Knight, Dar Williams, Kasey Chambers and James King. Film director Martin Scorsese has used his songs, as have various others including James Caan in his movie Viva Los Nowhere. At the core of all this activity is a quiet truth that Fred keeps front and center in his mind. Itís all about the fans. He connects with them, on stage and off. Itís a connection that rings with honesty. When Fredheads say they "get religion" at an Eaglesmith show, itís that core honesty that brings.
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12/09/2010 - Fred Eaglesmith Performs in Toronto at Hughís Room on December 29th and 30th - Read More
06/16/2009 - The Eagle will land in Membertou Friday  - Read More
05/08/2009 - Songsmith Eaglesmith - Read More
02/05/2009 - The many personas of songwriter Fred Eaglesmith - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.8              Total Reviews: 26


Fred Eaglesmith  06/19/2009            
Orange Lion
This is the worst Fred Eaglesmith albumn EVER! Fred needs to spend his last 6 dollars on a bottle of whiskey and find an old John Deere tractor and get drunk. Fred needs to Backslide real quick before his next albumn. No Offense Fred I love you and each artist goes through changes. But come on how do you go from Millys Cafe to this? Three good songs tops.
Fred Eaglesmith  02/17/2009            
roscoebeauregard
simply put: get you agi suckin chikin killin dawg outta my yard...or else eye will run him over with my karma. one of the best lyricists south of the canadian border...(ghota yew) (google)roscoebeauregard.blogspot.com where I pasty my proze-ack, swamp bovine verse infused with a muscadine twist.
Fred Eaglesmith  11/20/2008            
al villalobos
We caught Fred at the Church in San Antonio, I have his CDís but never saw him in person. It was amazing, great song and non stop humor. We were in stitches with his tales of College Station. The next day I sent him an email to thank him for the opportunity. He will move you with his songs and you can relate to his words, he is a must see in concert
Fred Eaglesmith  05/27/2008            
Alysssaaa
Oh!!!! I SO wish that *I* was just discovering Fred!!!! What a treasure. I'm a Canadian and have had the pleasure to see Fred and The Flying Squirrels many times. He just keeps on getting better. Washboard Hank has moved on and Willie Bennett had medical issues a year ago. I always think of Fred and his songs as 'Country for the Intelligentsia' He has an amazing sense of humour that comes across in his songs but REALLY spins your pigtails when you see him live. That man can tell a story! IF you EVER get an opportunity to see Fred Eaglesmith ..particularily in a small venue.. get a ticket and go. You are in for a truly GREAT show! I am truly a FredHead. It's time to get a gun!
Fred Eaglesmith  03/18/2008            
Randy
This CD is an incredible combination of energies.....some call it alt-gospel, some say alt-country, some Americana. I say it is a flat out amazing CD from one of the top singer/songwriters in the world,no matter what you call it.
Fred Eaglesmith  01/19/2007            
Keith Geil
I am retired truck driver from South Carolina. I have seen Fred Eaglesmith twice in the last three weeks...Asheville NC and Greenville SC concerts. Fred is the real deal, and am proud to be acquainted with such a talented and authentic human being. Fred's music and personality resonate the working men's souls of North America.
Fred Eaglesmith  10/20/2006            
huck
You can NEVER go wrong with any of Fred's cd's. He's a brilliant songwriter. Each cd has it's own mood and feel. As for live shows, you'd be hard pressed to find a better act....anywhere.
Fred Eaglesmith  06/10/2006            
dggfwtx
This isn't one of Fred's great albums, but then, you can't go wrong with any Fred CD. There's still some great work here. The trucking song "18 Wheels" is a real standout. "Sign on the Wall," about a couple's failed tow-truck venture, is another great one. I also really like "Rocky" and "Tired." But Fred, what's up with all the *SAAAAD* cowboy songs? The title track (especially here in Texas, as it's about a couple on the run in West Texas) and "Mrs. Hank Williams" would seem destined to be the airplay songs off this disc, but I would not consider either to be among Fred's better work. This CD probably will have broader appeal than Fred's previous studio release, "Dusty," but many of the songs are along the same line, but without the funky arrangments on "Dusty." Although I like "Milly's Cafe," I just get the feeling that Fred was too entrenched in his comfort zone for this one. There's nothing that stretches his boundaries or makes you say "Wow." But it's still a nice piece of work for Fred fans to add to their collections. For newcomers (and Fred is one of the greatest songwriters EVER), I'd recommend going with either or both of the two "Official Bootleg" live releases. Fred is really at his best live rather than in the studio.
Fred Eaglesmith  12/19/2005            
Brian Burns
Fred's the real deal, folks. It just doesn't get any better.
Fred Eaglesmith  12/03/2004            
Pantsfiddler
Fred Eaglesmith is as good as it gets!!! One of the truly great and gifted songwriters around. Fred, Robert Earle Keene, Jim Lauderdale, Kieth Sykes, Ray Wylie Hubbard and there are many other good ones but these are my favorites
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