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Texan Blues star hitting the high notes at Half Hitch

Kenny Freeman will be bringing a little bit of Texas to Cochrane.
Kenny Freeman
Kenny Freeman will be rocking out at Half Hitch. Submitted Photo

Kenny Freeman is bringing his Texan twang and solo acoustic show across the border and into Cochrane's Half Hitch Brewing Company, the lone Canadian stop on his tour when he's in town on Aug. 29.

Born in Oklahoma, raised in the small East Texas town of Flint, and a wanderer ever since, Kenny Freeman’s music is a distinct mixture of his life so far. Sounds of Texas Blues and Americana mix with a soulful voice sharing personal stories of heartache and hard times. All of this coming together to take a look at life on the road less travelled, and providing a glimpse into the heart of a hard-worn traveller.

A third-generation musician, Freeman was constantly surrounded by jam sessions comprised of his father, his uncle and their friends. He would wait patiently, sitting in the corner listening, until it was his turn to step forward and play whatever instrument was available.

At a young age, he found Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, which led him on a never-ending journey into the depths of blues history. Mix that in with a love for songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Lyle Lovett, what is conjured is a unique mix that elicits thoughts of the past and a hard travelled road ahead.

After five years in Nashville touring extensively both as an acoustic act and with his full band, The Smokey Gringos, it was time for a change. This change led to a 24-hour journey across the Pacific and into the heart of Asia. What resulted was 15 months spent throughout Korea and Southeast Asia playing music, teaching English, and exploring the world.

Upon returning stateside, Kenny settled down a little closer to home this time, Austin Texas. After three years in Austin, things got a bit restless and it was time to hit the road again.

With the turning of 2019 began a yearlong RV tour up to Alaska and back, playing shows all along the way. A new record in the works, and a whole new slew of tunes ready to go.

The free show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.


Troy Durrell

About the Author: Troy Durrell

Troy is the Sports and Entertainment Reporter for the Cochrane Eagle.
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