Fred Eaglesmith brings 40 years of songs to the Dakota
Posted on September 24, 2016 in Music
The Dakota Jazz Club
Tue. September 27, 2016 7pm
Suddenly, I want the whole wide world to know about the true to life dirt road troubadour Fred Eaglesmith from rural Canada. Fred is an eccentric real life seasoned songwriter & gifted performer. He has been on the road for over 40 years penning original songs (making for 22 albums) & sharing stories & experiences that would seem like enough to fill several lifetimes. Fred started his roving adventuresome career when he first left home jumping a freight train westward as a young teenager. He hasn’t stopped yet nor does he intend to any time soon.
Fred calls his touring band Fred Eaglesmith & his Traveling Steam Show features his lovely talented multi instrumentalist wife Tif Ginn. Eaglesmith has become very comfortable playing small towns & small bars, halls, living rooms, & the like where he always finds loyal fans who identify with his stories, songs & his overall authenticity at large. Fred has set his own bar his own way always on his own terms. His unique compelling songs tell his stories providing insight to the colorful rambling life he’s lived.
Fred’s been likened to being the Canadian gritty rootsy answer to the US’s Springsteen. I can see where someone would get that. Much of his songs’ subject matter is dark & stark as evidenced by songs like “trucker speed”, “alcohol & pills” & “crashin & burnin”. Fred’s genius is singing about human hardship in ways where we the listeners actually feel better afterwards. Over time, Eaglesmith has garnered a slowly growing cult following where these super fans are known as Fred-heads.
I can hear it now in my head. My own voice with northern drawl intact detailing outrageous stories around a surreal campfire surrounded by my expanding circle. Listening back, I feel that Fred Eaglesmith has inspired me in a profound way even in my growing hungry fertile imagination.
Fred, if you’re reading this, please consider this a deservingly huge compliment.
The fiercely independent minded musician mostly doesn’t participate in the music industry, except to plug in & play nearly 300 shows a year. Here’s your chance to catch one of these truly intimate performances. Come hear the increasingly iconic Fred Eaglesmith at the Dakota on Tues. September 27, 2016 at 7pm. Experience a real legend.
Dakota Box Office: 612-332-5299
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