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The Bell House

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Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 9:00 PM EST (8:00 PM Doors)
The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
21 years and over

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Freakwater was formed by Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin in 1989 and has been
innovating and reinvigorating alt-country ever since. Following two records on Amoeba
Records, the duo signed to Thrill Jockey in 1993 for the seminal Feels Like the Third
Time, which was reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2012. The record opens
with ”My Old Drunk Friend,” perhaps the greatest song Hank Williams never wrote and
features seven originals and five covers of songs by the likes of Conway Twitty, Woody
Guthrie and Nick Lowe. 1995’s Old Paint showed the group’s songwriting coming into
its own, and was their most critically acclaimed album to date. 1998’s Springtime saw the
addition of Wilco’s Max Konrad Johnston to the group, and features some of the band’s
most heartbreaking and beautiful songs, including the now classic “Louisville Lip.” The
group expanded their sound on End Time, adding drum kit, organ, and even strings on
several songs.

The early aughts saw Bean and Irwin each releasing solo albums, Dragging Wonder Lake
and Cut Yourself a Switch respectively. Both records showed each musician exploring
different facets of the sound cultivated in Freakwater: Irwin a stripped down, appalacian
vision of folk music, and Bean an artfully crafted, cosmopolitan type of pop. In 2005 the
group released Thinking of You, a collaboration with members of fellow Thrill Jockey
group Califone. After a long silence, Irwin finally released her second solo release, Little
Heater in September of 2012, which Oxford American said, “will leave you aching for a
broken heart so you too can sing wrenching songs about love and loss.” Freakwater will
be embarking on a tour January 2013, their first in four years.


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