Welcome to Fat Knuckle Freddy!

Fat Knuckle Freddy: " Long ago, Les Claypool, Captain Beefheart, Howlin' Wolf and Billy Gibbons apparently decided to have a love child. They named it Fat Knuckle Freddy."- Mainebrews N Musicreviews.  FKF composes and plays in many styles ie. Punk Blues & American Primitive. 

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.




TRASH BLUES is available via Bandcamp, Spotify, AppleMusic, AmazonMusic & all other streaming services.

Mainebrews & Musicreviews, "All 7 tracks on this album are pure gold."

Mainernews, "It’s seven workouts comprised of simple boogie rhythms interspersed at predictable intervals with searing slide solos and hollered lyrics about death and debauchery."



Blues Nocturnes For Baritone Guitar is now available via Bandcamp. It's an album of solo blues guitar instrumentals in the spirit of the Nocturne, that was invented by Irish composer John Field in the early 1800's and perfected by Frederic Chopin.

These Blues Nocturnes are a soundtrack for your night, whether you're working on a project, driving, going to sleep or watching the stars. The influences of Frederic Chopin and bluesman Junior Kimbrough were conjured during these recordings.

The first 5 of the 7 Nocturnes flow in the cycle of fourths, BEADG. The last two end with slide in B & E. This key flow creates a constant forward movement and then flows back.

They are available through bandcamp. Link below.



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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.




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. 







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