It’s been over 10 years, but The Freddy Jones Band is back in business. The business of making and performing music, that is.
A new album is almost ready, but the band that gave us such classics as “Lucid,” “In a Daydream,” “Waitress” and “Mystic Buzz” is also scheduled to play the “friendly confines” of Eddie’s Attic in Decatur on June 8. I say “friendly confines” because this band came of age in Chicago, but now two of the members in singer-guitarist Wayne Healy and drummer Simon Horrocks now make their home in Atlanta.
The group’s original lineup — singer-guitarists Healy, Marty Lloyd and Rob Bonaccorsi, bassist Jim Bonaccorsi and Horrocks are all ready. The upcoming album will be their fifth studio release.
“We are finishing some over dubs,” Horrocks told me in a recent interview. “The good news is as the songs are becoming more and more finished, we are adding stuff to our live set.”
What can fans expect at Eddie’s on June 8?
Rolling Stone has called the group a “fine line between schizophrenic jam band and sensibly-minded pop-rock.”
Horrocks says it will be an acoustic show at Eddie’s but he’s expecting a sell out.
“We’ve played Eddie’s, and usually it’s standing room.”
Horrocks also said he’s looking forward to playing quite a few dates this summer.
“It’s been a while, but it’s going to be fun to play places like Atlanta then trips to Chicago and Colorado.”
Horrocks has been occupying his time for a number of years running Affix Music in Atlanta. Affix is a licensing company for urban music artists.
“We clear music in mass,” explains Horrocks. “We are licensing music to Turner, ESPN and even the NBA.”
Affix works with independent artists and makes their music available to clients.
If you haven’t heard of Freddy Jones, or know their music it’s a bit hard to describe.
Freddy Jones may have started out as “Jam Band,” according to Healy, but it’s really a roots rock sound with come catchy lyrics and some jamming thrown in.
Horrocks laughed and can’t explain why Freddy Jones’ songs are used as warmup music at sporting events across the country. I’ve personally heard “In a Daydream” during pregame warmups at NBA games and during the warmups at professional tennis tournaments.
“I can’t explain it,” adds Horrocks. “I guess because it’s upbeat and the sound is unique, but it’s pretty cool.”
“We’re just really enjoying the fact we can play music together again,” Horrocks explains. “And we’re really playing better than ever. We’ve all kind of matured. We’ve kind of grown into our material in a way. We’re like a new band with a long history.”
The Freddy Jones Band’s website is getting a refresh, but you can see updates and their tour schedule at: http://www.freddyjonesband.com.