Over the past fifteen months, Freekbass has kept busy launching his weekly ‘Saturday Night Chit-Chat’ show and releasing a steady stream of new singles and content. His latest effort “ Drive” is a summer soulful groove anthem perfect for driving long stretches of highway and ushering in a post-COVID world to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Taken from the pages of the church of Sly Stone, the new single features Nigel Hall of Lettuce on vocals and clavinet. The track is available via Color Red on Friday, June 11th.
Wanting to keep the funk raw and loose and reminiscent of albums like ‘Fresh’ by Sly & the Family Stone, Freekbass crafted the groove and it was evident that Hall would be the perfect voice to fit the mix and lend his chops on clavinet. The two met sharing the stage at Bear Creek Music Festival and he happily obliged to be a part of the tune. “Drive” also features longtime collaborator and touring vocalist of Freekbass & The Bump Assembly Reilly Comisar to fill the track out with sultry high-end leads and lush vocal harmonies.
Co-written by longtime creative partner, Angie Wilson, the lyrics reminisce about the feeling of life on the road and embracing any journey that lies ahead. “I’ve always been obsessed with truckers and living the road-life. As touring musicians, there are a lot of similarities, and I have been missing that life since touring came to an abrupt gaily in 2020. So I wanted to write a song to capture that feeling,” says Freekbass.
The music video reflects the spirit of the open road and was filmed in both Cincinnati, Ohio, home of Freekbass and Cosimar and New Orleans, Louisiana where Hall resides. “‘Drive’ reminds me of that perfect summer tune, driving in your car, windows down, sun in your face," says Wilson who also directed the video, "The video takes you on a road trip with Freekbass, Hall, and Comisar, each one driving the open road, enjoying the scenery along the way. By the end of the journey, we discover their destiation wasn’t a place, but each other, celebrating with some much-awaited post-vaccination hugs."
In addition to the release of “Drive,” Freekbass is gearing up to release his second record via Color Red, record label/music platform founded by Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds. ‘Krameria,’ produced by Roberts and recorded at Color Red Studios in Denver, Colorado, will be available this fall and is available for pre-order HERE.