Welcome to Fat Knuckle Freddy!

Fat Knuckle Freddy is not your typical artist as he has a split musical personality.

Personality One is as a solo guitarist in the style of American Primitive, which was coined by the late John Fahey. The music is intimate while being "hauntingly beautiful" at the same time. FKF uses a slide to obtain the true primitive sound while incorporating influences from classical composers.

Personality Two is a singer and slide guitarist playing fretless, cigar box and shovel guitars with a drummer. The duo is Demon Blues. FKF's fretless guitars are unique as they have a bass string added to the open tuning, which fills out the duo's sound and gives the illusion of a bass player. The duo is known for playing three hour sets without a break. 

Fat Knuckle Freddy got his name when he broke and dislocated his fretboard pinkie at the middle knuckle. It's now the size of a thumb knuckle and points a few degrees outward. This gives FKF a little extra stretch on the fretboard but he mostly covers it with his stunning slide.



Fat Knuckle Freddy is releasing a new album of solo, acoustic guitar instrumentals on 12/8/20 and exclusively via Bandcamp. The album is called Corruption, Deceit, Murder. It contains eight compositions which ends with the nineteen minute title track. The guitars used on the album are a Loar LH-300 Archtop and a National M1 Tricone Baritone Resonator. All tracks were recorded live and without overdubs. 

Joe Sweeney from The Mainer reviewed and stated, "Corruption, Deceit, Murder is another showcase for his signature sound - rumbling bass lines anchoring intricate tenor melodies that wax and wane like a Harvest Moon, aglow with organic elegance. Fat Knuckle Freddy has slayed the misconception that one musician can only do so much."

There will be a livestream album release on 12/8/20 from 6-7pm EST hosted by Blue via Facebook . Please join or catch the post recording. 








My latest recording, "Death Don't Get No Blues" is being released 11/16/19 at The Apohadion Theater in Portland, ME. This recording consists of 6 solo blues tunes for guitar and vocals. I used my national M1 Tricone Baritone for all 6 songs and recorded the vocals through a telephone microphone. The foot stomp was my foot stomping my old college theory book. 

Topics include death, drug addiction, suicide and choking out the Devil. What more do you want in a blues record?

I will be joined by Samuel James, Jenny Lou Drew & D. Gross. 

See you there. More information under shows.


"Hitchcock," Mainer (The New Bollard) Review 

Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar received a great and honest review in The Mainer.

"He shifts between the warmth of his finger-picking and the metallic wail of his slide, while using the baritone’s deep lows to frame every trip up the neck as a remarkably expressive journey. It’s just him, the whole time, yet Hitchcock is as rich and nuanced as a full-band effort.

Check out the full review below!!


LIVE ON 207, NBC! 

 "Sweet For Honey" live performance and interview on 207, WCSH6, Portland, ME. Copy link below into browser. 




May 17th. New Solo Instrumental Guitar Record. 

I'll be releasing "Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar" On May 17th, at Blue 650A Congress St, Portland, at 10pm. Samuel James and D. Gross will be opening at 8pm, so get there early for a night of great music. All compositions on the new record are played on a National M1 Tricone Baritone Resonator Guitar. All tracks incorporate a slide except for one. This is the acoustic record I've been trying to make for years but never had the right instrument. Some of the tracks were previously recorded with a cigar box guitar or a standard acoustic without a slide. These recordings will be the definitive versions. CD's availalble at www.bullmoosemusic.com or through me. Downloads www.bandcamp.com Check out the baritone tricone below.




Live Videos and Updates! 

Hello Knuckleheads!

On 9/1/18, Feels Like Media filmed FKF and drummer Timothy "BB" Webber live, on the patio, at Amigos, Portland, ME. This was a long time coming and FLM captured the chaotic raw energy of our performance. There's a total of five videos. "No Love" is on the website, YouTube and Facebook. FKF is playing a fretless slide guitar, with an octave bass string. Fretless slide cigar box guitar. Fretted slide baritone cigar box guitar. Shovelcaster aka 3 string slide shovel guitar. And fretless slide cigar box guitar with octave bass string.

What is a fretless slide guitar with an octave bass string? I'm glad you asked. FKF doubles his low guitar string, with a bass string an octave lower, so it thickens the sound and gives the illusion of a bass player in a duo format. So, check out "No Love" , subscribe to FKF's Youtube page (link on website) and be ready for the next video release.

Also, FKF just finished recording his solo American Primitive tour de force. Over 60 minutes of solo acoustic guitar music on a National M1 Tricone Baritone Guitar. The most haunting and beautiful guitar in the world. This has been a work in progress for a very long time. Sample videos will be released on instagram. CD Release some time in the new year.

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Previous events

Meanmugg, The Gala, Billy Midol & Fat Knuckle Freddy

Genos, 625 Congress St, Portland

Fat Knuckle Freddy will hit the stage with Young Brett on drums from 9-930. Early show. Slamming, fast set. Check out Jill Koufman's art exhibit and the bands below.

Meanmugg [The Outsiders PBR | El Grande | Not30] Maine punk with roots rhythm & dub https://meanmugg.bandcamp.com

The Gala - US Boston punk/garage/rock 'n' roll http://www.thegala.us

Billy Midol Portland punk https://billymidol.bandcamp.com/

Fat Knuckle Freddy American primitive, avante-garde & psychobilly punk blues http://www.fatknucklefreddy.com

Art Exhibit Reception: Jill Koufman 6PM-8PM [FREE] 8:30 doors | 9PM show | $10 | 21+

Death Don't Get No Blues CD release

Aphodian Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland

"Death Don't Get No Blues" an EP of solo acoustic blues tunes played on a tricone baritone resonator guitar will be released. Songs deal with death, addiction, choking the devil, misfortune, and having fun.

Special guests are Samuel James, D. Gross and Jenny Lou Drew. FKF will open with a short set then will be joined on stage by the above for songs in the round.

$10 at door.

Doors 730pm.

Show 8-10pm.


3rd Annual Maine Luthier's Showcase

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Old Fire Station, 124 Second St, Hallowell, ME

Cigar Box Guitar building and playing will be featured Sunday morning, 10/6 at the 3rd Annual Maine Luthier's Showcase. Tome Dube will play at 10am and FKF at 11am. CBG luthiers Martin Tauber and Burton Philbrick will be displaying their builds and pickups. Expect 3 string cigar box and shovel guitars.

For more information.




Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 9 Dana St, Portland

The end of The FKF Duo residency at Amigos. BB Webber on the drums. Never the same. Always an adventure.

A party not to be missed. Graveyard Blues. Demon Blues. Punk Blues. Booty Shakin', Foot Stompin' Blues.



Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 9 Dana St, Portland

FKF Duo residency at Amigos. Young Brett on the drums. Never the same. Always an adventure.

A party not to be missed. Graveyard Blues. Demon Blues. Punk Blues. Booty Shakin', Foot Stompin' Blues.

Cigar Box Festival: Maine Blues Fest

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Naples, ME, Naples Village Green , Naples

Maine's first Cigar Box Festival with the Maine Blues Festival. The CBG Fest will be located at the Naples Village Green. Performers are FKF, Tom Dube, Jimi Glenn & Ben Logan. FKF hits the stage at 3pm. Maine CBG builders, Marty Tauber & Steve Richard will be selling cbg's and accessories. Come on down to Maine's first CBG Fest!!!

El Grande CD Release

Genos, 625 Congress St, Portland

El Grande CD Release with Sammy Kay and Fat Knuckle Freddy. Ska and Blues!!!

It's an early show. Post Old Port Fest!! 6:30pm Door & 7pm start. 7pm Fat Knuckle Freddy 8pm Sammy Kay 9pm El Grande



Post St. Paul at Stroudwater Distillery

Stroudwater Distillery, 4 Thompsons Point, Portland

Fat Knuckle Freddy, Portland's own Graveyard Blues Duo, will be playing after the St. Paul & The Broken Bones Concert (Thompson Point) at Stroudwater Distillery. Bone Shakin', Foot Stompin' good time. Come by after the concert and keep the music and dancing going.

CD Release: Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar.

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Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland, ME

FKF will be releasing a solo, instrumental guitar recording titled, "Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar.' All songs on a National M1 Baritone Tricone Guitar.

Opening at 8pm is Samuel James and D. Gross. After FKF's set, there could be a Death Match between FKF and Samuel James. Death Matches originated at Blue.

An evening of fantastic music that should not be missed. Price is pass the hat.

CD's available at show. Bullmoose Music. Downloads at www.bandcamp.com/fatknucklefreddy

Fat Knuckle Freddy Duo w/ D. Grtoss & Friends

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Aphodian Theater, 107 Hanover St, Portland

FKF Duo with BB Webber on the drums. Opening will be D. Gross & Friends. 2 sets of rock n roll and demon blues.

An evening of great music.

Tickets $10 at door.


Fat Knuckle Freddy

Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland, ME

CD Release Show! "Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar" Solo American Primitive music on a National M1 Tricone Baritone.

Samuel James & D. Gross open the evening.

10pm: FKF 8pm: SJ & DG

Fat Knuckle Freddy at Amigos!

Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 9 Dana St, Portland

The final show at Amigos on the patio. It's the fall but it's nice. Young Brett on drums. The official goodbye to the Summer Patio Series. Original Graveyard Blues. "This ain't your Grandaddy's blues, kid."