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Friday, March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$30
Coming to MIX March 20! We are super psyched to kick off the 20s with an intimate show with Freakwater!
Freakwater’s Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin first put their distinctive harmonies to tape under a swinging Kentucky country ham in Janet’s parent’s basement. That was 1985. Cassette tapes sometimes have a way of landing in the right hands.
Hog Butcher To The World, a 1987 WNUR compilation contains a dulcimer-driven punk rock cover of Woody Guthrie’s Little Black Train from this original 4-track recording. The band appears under the name Mojo Wishbean and Trippy Squashblossom. Inside the record cover they transcribe Big Black’s required artist’s statement, replacing Steve Albini and Santiago Durango’s names with their own, hence: “Trippy — throbbing muscle of love dulcimer…” and “Mojo — electrodes to the gonads vocals”. This is described by Janet as “establishing our early desire to do the wrong thing.”
Amoeba Records in Los Angeles released the first LP by Janet’s other band Eleventh Dream Day. The label’s owner and sole employee was a huge Carter Family freak from Eastern Kentucky. He was so stoked about what he heard on the “Swinging Ham Sessions” tape that he agreed to pay for recording at Chicago’s famous James Bond studio.
Freakwater’s darkly beautiful songs have been compared (mostly favorably) to practically anyone from the world of “outsider country” or “Americana” one might feel unworthy of being compared to.
They played their first show together at a Louisville strip club/punk rock open-mic night. After 30 years together, Catherine and Janet’s unflinching lyrics and compelling vocal harmonies can stab you in the heart from a mile away. There is a powerful continuity to their work but the band has never been constrained by any musical category. There is no band like Freakwater but Freakwater.