Tom Freund, Korby Lenker

Doc's Lab Presents

Tom Freund

Korby Lenker

Fri, May 12, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Doc's Lab

San Francisco, CA

$15.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Tom Freund
Tom Freund
Over the course of his career, Tom Freund has created a wide variety of albums. His first was a collaboration with Ben Harper and his last was a double disc live album. In between, he’s made full-lengths, EPs, a children’s CD and a Christmas album — but he’s never made an album like 2 Moons.

This self-produced disc, out now on Surf Road Records, finds the Los Angeles- based Freund in a contemplative yet confident mood, where swirls of nostalgia blend with sharp-eyed views of life today. He delivers this CD’s main message in the standout track “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be,” in which he declares: “I’m basically hooked on this life/it’s got a lot of problems/but it treats me real right/and you don’t have to agree with me/but let me fly my freak flag.” This oddly upbeat anthem of personal empowerment so impressed Canadian rock star Serena Ryder that she asked to sing on it. “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be” represents a different type of song for Freund. “I’d rather just be honest and say ‘take me as a I am’,” he reveals, adding, “I felt that I didn’t have to dress up songs with clever couplets all the time.”

Freund himself plays guitars, ukulele, keyboards and bass on 2 Moons. An in- demand bass player, Freund got his first big break in the mid-’90s playing for the Austin- based roots-rock cult heroes the Silos. He settled in Venice, California around the time of his 1998 solo debut North American Long Weekend. Over the years, he alternated between making his own music and working with folks like Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata and Graham Parker, who has hailed Freund as one of “the best singer/songwriters operating today.” You can even spot Freund playing with Parker and the Rumour in the recent Judd Apatow film, This Is 40.
Korby Lenker
Korby Lenker
Longtime East Nashville resident Korby Lenker returned to his native Idaho to record his 7th studio album Thousand Springs. Eschewing the standard recording studio, Lenker recorded his latest batch of songs in various places important to him as a child - the Snake River Canyon (see pic below), Craters of the Moon, and in a small cabin north of Sun Valley. Letting the natural landscape set the tone, he recorded during the day and slept in a tent at night. Then, after laying down the guitar and vocal tracks, Korby took to the road, adding more than 30 artists to his dozen songs, including Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Carrie Elkin, Angel Snow, Amy Speace, Matt the Electrician, and many others.

Korby is the recipient of numerous songwriting awards - most recently a 1st place win at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters’ contest (past alum include Gregory Alan Isakov and Deb Talan, to name a few). In March, NPR Music premiered the song and video he wrote and performed with Nora Jane Struthers ‘Let’s Just Have Supper.’ Korby tours constantly and has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek and many others.

In addition to his musical creations, Korby is a published author. His collection of short stories, Medium Hero, came out December 2015 on Turner Publishing and received critical praise from such variegated sources as National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Kirkus Reviews.

“One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn't just play it, he becomes it -- or, maybe, it becomes a part of him.” - No Depression
Venue Information:
Doc's Lab
124 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94133
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