One of Ken’s deepest and most exciting albums yet. FREEDOM BLUES is steeped in African American blues and gospel music. This recording abounds in glorious vocal harmonies, in the cry of the slide guitar, in the density of complex horn arrangements and the wail of the Hammond organ, all anchored by the heartbeat rhythm of bass and drums. It confronts the social forces of power in our society yet affirms our struggle, individually and collectively, to make the world, and ourselves, better.
Songs: Bring It All Down, Freedom Blues, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, Freedom’s Highway, Halls of Fulsom, Right Here In My Town, Sewing Machines, That Other Shore, Throw Me Anywhere, Give Your Hands To Struggle, Midnight Special, Omar Khadr’s Blues
Musicians: Ken Whiteley, Ben Whiteley, Bucky Berger, The Fabulous Levy Sisters, Pat Patrick, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Ewan Devitt.
All songs by Ken Whiteley (Pair-a-dice Music / SOCAN) except: Halls of Fulsom by Jenny Whiteley, Sewing Machines by Nancy White, Give Your Hands To Struggle by Bernice Reagon
Engineered by Nicolas Tjelios at Casa Wroxton Studio, Toronto, Ontario
Recorded and mixed January 2016
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal, Quebec
Photography by Ellen Manney
Art design and illustration by David Wallace
Released on Borealis Records BCD242