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Welcome to Fat Knuckle Freddy!

Fat Knuckle Freddy is a composer, guitarist and a bluesman. FKF composes and plays in many styles ie.Modern Classical, Ambient, American Primitive & Punk Blues. FKF at times utilizes 72 Equal Temperament when playing a fretless guitar or a fretted guitar with a slide. 72ET mimics nature's tuning (Just Intonation). The standard Western 12 notes are in 72ET too.

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.


 

DIABULOUS AMBIENTIUM 

New album Diabulous Ambientium is now available on Bandcamp.

Sonic soundscapes incorporating Frippertronics and Ligeti Sonic Nets.

What are Frippertronics? It's a delay style coined by Robert Fripp and was invented by composer Terry Riley. It originally had two tape decks linked together to create a record and playback delay of about 6-8seconds long. The original loops would fade away. I used a Pigtronix Infinity 2 Looper to mimic that kind of tape delay. The Infinity 2 has a decay knob in which loops fade away while recording. It's pretty awesome as the music constantly morphs and evolves.

Another big influence for this album is composer Gyorgy Ligeti. Ligeti created sonic nets with instruments playing note clusters at various rhythms and microtonal pitches. Check out his composition Atmospheres.

I used a fretless, sustainer guitar, specifically a Hamer Sustainiac from the 1990's. The music is composed in 72ET, 72 notes to an octave. The fretless guitar gives me the ability to play those notes and I also used a slide. The system of 72ET I used was invented by Boston composer Ezra Sims. It was taught to me by Joseph Gabriel Maneri at New England Conservatory in the late 1980"s.

Go to the link below to check out this wonderful new album.

FKF

https://fatknucklefreddy.bandcamp.com/album/diabulous-ambientium

CORRUPTION, DECEIT, MURDER: RELEASE & LIVESTREAM 

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. 

LIVESTREAM: 

https://www.facebook.com/fatknucklefreddy

https://www.facebook.com/portcityblue

BANDCAMP REL;EASE:

https://fatknucklefreddy.bandcamp.com

 

DEATH DON'T GET NO BLUES! CD RELEASE. 

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.

-FKF

"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!!

https://thebollard.com/2019/06/02/fat-knuckle-freddy-2/

LIVE ON 207, NBC! 

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

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/207-music/cop-by-day-musician-by-night-fat-knuckle-freddy/97-68e0cc00-1037-4937-916d-76edd1140860

 

 

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Fat Knuckle Freddy @ Rick's Cafe

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Rick's Cafe, 852 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, ME

Father's Day Weekend Blues! Normally the Naples Blues Festival is held on Father's Day Weekend but was cancelled for the second year. Rick's will be hosting us ate play some Graveyard Blues. Other bars in the area will be hosting bands as well. Come out to beautiful Naples in the Sebago Lake Region. Go to the lake for a swim or hike in the area then get your blues on. There's awesome hotels and B&B's too.