Freekbass and Billy Sheehan Release Video for Collaboration Single, “Hypnotic Woman” is the newest single from funk-bassist/producer, Freekbass, and he really leans on his wizardry powers for this one, concocting a potion of mega-talents from several genres.
What began with a casual conversation with rock bass legend, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/David Lee Roth/The Winery Dogs) during an interview on Freekbass’s weekly streaming show, “Saturday Night Chit-Chat with Freekbass”, lead to some studio bass tracks being bounced back and forth for song ideas. Freekbass then used that foundation to build upon.
He reached out to longtime friend, Gary “Mudbone” Cooper (George Clinton/P-Funk/Bootsy’s Rubberband/Sly Fox) to record the grounding vocals, and then brought in “The Horn Section” (Turkuaz) – Greg Sanderson, saxophone, Chris Brouwers, trumpet, and Josh Schwartz, baritone sax. The track was getting warmer! Freekbass let that simmer, while looking for the next ingredient.
About the same time, Freekbass found himself sharing the stage with The Motet’s keyboardist, Joey Porter for a super-group gig. Freekbass played the working-track for Porter, who returned to his studio to record some keys and talk box on the tune.
Inspired by the rock edge given from Sheehan’s original basslines, Freekbass reached out to the man with the perfect vocal range to compliment that, Eric Nally from Cincinnati-based band Foxy Shazam. Nally, along with writing partner, Alex Nauth (Foxy Shazam) wrote an added verse and pre-chorus, along with an epic vocal performance from Nally. Sky White of Foxy, does double-duty playing keyboards with Freekbass & The Bump Assembly, and made those connections.
The video was shot over a two month period, between tours and sessions. Freekbass and Mudbone Cooper filmed their segments in Cincinnati, while Sheehan filmed from Nashville. The Horn Section (Sanderson, Brouwers, Schwartz, previously of Turkuaz) make appearances in the video. Eric Nally, who was on tour with Foxy Shazam, wasn’t available. Director, Angie Wilson, came up with a creative solution in the shape of a pint-size-Nally, played by 6-year old Jude Roark. Wilson envisioned a strong, beautiful woman in the role of hypnotic-woman to represent the beauty all women could embrace within themselves, played by actress Stella Udeozor.
Freekbass launches his first tour in two years with a hometown show in Cincinnati, OH on March 25th, followed by dates in OH, VA, SC and shows at Brooklyn Bowl in NY on March 30th and The Queen in Wilmington, DE on March 31. For more tour details, including ticket information, visit www.freekbass.com
3/25 – The Ludlow Garage / Cincinnati, OH
3/27 – The Summit Music Hall / Columbus, OH
3/30 – Brooklyn Bowl / Brooklyn, NY
3/31 – The Queen / Wilmington, DE
4/1 – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery /Goochland, VA
4/2 – 5 Points Music Sanctuary /Roanoke, VA
4/3 – Charleston Pour House /Charleston, SC