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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.


 

BLUES NOCTURNES FOR BARITONE GUITAR 

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.

https://fatknucklefreddy.bandcamp.com/album/blues-nocturnes-for-baritone-guitar

 

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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

 

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Previous events

DUAL ALBUM RELEASE!!!!

Genos, 625 Congress St, Portland

FAT KNUCKLE FREDDY DUAL ALBUM RELEASE!!! FKF will be start the show followed by Pigboat and Johnny Cremains (also releasing an album). FKF will play new songs from his album "Trash Blues" and songs from a new EP with The Vintage Heathen "No Holds Barred!" This will be an amazing set of two new albums. Do not miss this special event.

THE FILE 5'S

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Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland, ME

Fat Knuckle Freddy will be playing with his Blues Trio, The File 5's featuring Cat Stambach on bass and Tim Webber on drums. The File 5's is a new project based off of the 50's blues style in modern times. It combines the styles of T-Bone Walker and Tom Waits. New songs and FKF tunes played in this style. It's badass and perfect to sip some Blue cocktails. Show is free with donations. Blue is a jazz/blues style club which is a perfect setting for The File 5's.

The Final Live & Undead At Amigos

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Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 9 Dana St, Portland

Fat Knuckle Freddy and BB Webber will be playing their final Live & Undead Show on the Amigos patio, weather permitting, for some Booty Shakin' Punk Blues. Cigar Boxes, Shovels, & Fretless Slide Guitars with pounding drums. The event is free. This is the last show of the season for FKF at Amigos.

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.

Diabulous Ambientium Livestream Release

Blue, 650A Congress St, Portland, ME

Blue will be hosting Fat Knuckle Freddy's new album release, Diabulous Ambientium. This will stream via Facebook Live. FKF will be playing a fretless, sustainer guitar through various effects while creating decaying ambient loops.The music uses 72 notes to an octave. Please join us in celebrating this new musical adventure. Link below. You can also just go to FKF's Facebook page that evening and watch.

https://fb.me/e/3G0DBvBKy

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.

Oct6

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.

http://hallowell.org/luthiers/?fbclid=IwAR2czAq6SDaUWOwPbtd_ggXU41xsSQJSuvbKMAHpU0OcWEu49UVEHtsPvfw