Freedy Johnston Returns!


First new collection
of original material in 8 years from the semi-itinerant troubadour.


By Blurt Staff


Bar/None just announced it will be releasing Freedy Johnston’s
new rec Rain On The City on Jan. 12. It
was produced in Nashville
by Richard McLaurin, of Justin
Townes Earle, Allison Moorer, Slaid Cleaves and Matthew Ryan fame. As the label
informs us, the sound ranges from strings/keyboards-draped tunes to sensitive
acoustic tunes to full-on country-rockers.


Where has
Freedy Johnston been wandering in the years prior to making this album? Some
folks lost track of him after his 1994 hit “Bad Reputation” and his last
Elektra album, 2001’s Right Between the Promises. He has moved around,
living in NYC, Austin, Kansas,
Madison and Nashville. Explains Johnston, “It takes a while to re-adjust
one’s priorities and get back on track after working with the big budget that
the majors give you. I went through issues with the IRS, had a relationship go
south and a touring vehicle grind to a halt but through it all I never gave up
writing and gigging whenever possible.”


Johnston’s been around since the ‘80s, crafting literate
pop while becoming a mainstay of the Hoboken
scene. He’s worked with uber-producers like Butch Vig and T Bone Burnett,
although for most of the past decade he’s kept a pretty low profile.
Re-emerging, he promises to stay busy and reportedly has already been
brainstorming his next album, working with other songwriters, including Silver Seas’
Daniel Tashian in a side project they call the Charmers. He’s also done some
recording in Austin with Jon Dee Graham, and
word has it he might even be working up some material in Madison with Duke Erikson and Butch Vig of
Garbage in their joint cover band the Know-It-All Boyfriends



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