Tom Freund, Korby Lenker

Doc's Lab Presents

Tom Freund

Korby Lenker

Fri, May 12, 2017

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

Doc's Lab

San Francisco, CA

$15.00 - $20.00

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
No Depression: "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.”'

Korby is a dynamic, compelling performer. Sometimes up on tiptoe, singing in a hush, his performances ride a penciled line between achingly personal and easily personable.

Korby Lenker was born and raised in Twin Falls Idaho a mile from where Evel Knievel tried to jump the canyon on a motorcycle in the seventies. Korby's deliberate approach to music is the mainstay of career now tipping into its third decade. Along the way there have been numerous songwriting awards(including first place wins at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase) and festival appearances, (Sasquatch, Bumbershoot). Lenker has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek, Chris Isaak, to name a few.

And now he is is a published author. Korby’s book MEDIUM HERO is a collection of short stories based on his last decade touring the world. It came out on Turner Publishing in December 2015 to enthusiastic reviews. Steve Wozniak said: "The stories in Medium Hero are just like his songs — clever and well-crafted, with a tendency to linger in your mind long after you’ve finished reading.”
Venue Information:
Doc's Lab
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