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 — 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 Fred’s songs — and his stories — 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. "We’re out of the music business now," he says. "We don’t want to win any awards, I don’t want a publicist, we don’t need critics reviewing the music. I went into a record store the other day, and my CDs weren’t in there. And I was glad." Fred doesn’t 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 — 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 — AML, A Major Label — not only for his own music but to give a leg up to talented young artists. When he’s not writing songs (which he does every day), Fred’s 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. It’s all about the fans. He connects with them, on stage and off. It’s a connection that rings with honesty. When Fredheads say they "get religion" at an Eaglesmith show, it’s that core honesty that brings.
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12/09/2010 - Fred Eaglesmith Performs in Toronto at Hugh’s 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 : 0              Total Reviews: 26

Fred Eaglesmith  11/11/2004            
This CD was released on Fred's website back in August and I got it then. I'll admit, it was slow to grow on me. It's kind of different for Fred. There are no upbeat numbers here, and the songs are more lushly orchestrated than you'd normally expect on a Fred CD. The songs on this CD are mostly about loss, from a friend to a girl, to a ranch. But Fred really shows his songwriting and singing skills to their fullest. Among the many outstanding cuts are Ship, Crowds, Hey Baby and Codeine. Oddly, the CD I've got includes an outstanding song, Wichita, about a young man, an old-timer and a stolen racehorse, that is one of the finest and most moving cuts on the CD. It isn't listed on this website, so I hope it hasn't been cut from the CD. All in all, one of my favorite CDs of the year. The songs are sad, but beautiful.
Fred Eaglesmith  09/16/2004            
Live music junkie
Fred is definitely the finest songwriter actively creating new music today. Not many from out of Texas can hold their own opening for Robert Earl Keen, but Fred and Todd Snider are the exceptions. Fred's newest CD, released in late August 2004, is not available on, so log on to his website,, and get your copy of "Dusty" today. You won't be disappointed.
Fred Eaglesmith  07/08/2004            
Chad Raney is right. Who better to tell you what you should be listening to. Fred Eaglesmith just may be one of the most influential songwriters of our time. You will not understand this by buying one CD...Buy them all and after that, break into your savings to buy gas and plane tickets to far off locations that don't even exist on a map (well maybe), Thats when you know your a Fredhead. Some singer songwriters play Gruene Hall for a night, Fred takes up a whole weekend and never repeats a song or covers, just his music...grease, bone, folk, blood, guts, fallen stars, farms, trains, cryin' crashin', Government, burnin', rock, guns, alcohol, pills, trucks, hookers, tractors, Oil cans, country stars and Broken down everythings from the car to your name it....if it has hurt or any good feeling left in it at all, Fred is gonna get it all out in the open.
Fred Eaglesmith  05/10/2004            
Travis Handly
Sorry, the last review for yall was meant for FCo. I don't know how I did that. Sorry. Travis
Fred Eaglesmith  05/10/2004            
Travis Handly
When wil yall be back in the Bellville area again? We all said that we had the finest party ever with you guys playing. Will you ever play at clubs around here or Brenham ? My girlfriend wont stop talking about one of you rats. I wont say who because you get the big head. I think its alright for someone like me to write a review. I just wanted to tell you. The review is YOU ARE THE BEST! I'm Just A Nobody Living Up To My Name (best song on the album I think) Thank you, Travis.
Fred Eaglesmith  03/11/2004            
david jones
Great Americana. Cars, trucks, broken hearts. If Alcohol &Pills and Water in the Fuel don't bring a tear to your eye, you're dead.
Fred Eaglesmith  01/13/2004            
This dude is one of the best songwriters in the world. The Drive-In Movie and Lipstick,Lies,& Gasoline records are pretty damn brilliant, both in terms of the songs themselves and the production. Anybody that wants to break out of the same-old-same-old Texas music (not always a bad thing) needs to take a chance on the ol' Canuck.
Fred Eaglesmith  09/26/2003            
Eaglesmith is a great entertainer. His music writing abilities are one of the best. He is a must see and listen!
Fred Eaglesmith  07/09/2003            
This cd had got to be one of the best I have heard in years
Fred Eaglesmith  04/25/2003            
Heard Fred Eaglesmith in Amarillo at the Goldenlight. I've heard a whole lot of people, but this guy was as good as it gets. There were only maybe 50 people in the place and 32 of them were Texas musicans. He looks like "Sting" comes from Ontario, but musically he's as Texas as they come. He's in a class with Robert Earl Keene, Townes Van Zandt, and maybe a very few others. Best live show I think I ever saw...
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