David “Freebo” Friedberg (Bonnie Raitt)

Courtesy of Freebo Com

One name, one groovin’ cat!

 

A master of blues, folk, roots music, and a longtime associate of Bonnie Raitt (he anchored her stage and studio band from 1971-79), the bassist born Daniel Freidberg was an early proponent of the fretless in a pop context.

 

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, singer, and producer, Freebo has waxed sides and shared stages with a wide array of iconic artists including Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young, Willy DeVille, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Aaron Neville, among others.

 

Recalls bassist Gary Kelly: I saw him play duo with Bonnie one night when I was 17. It sold me on fretless and what a bass and guitar duo can do. It could’ve been a 10 piece band for the range of emotions and styles they conveyed. Freebo was great holding down the groove and so much more. A great inspiration!

 

 

Freebo Sound & Vision…

 

With Bonnie Raitt:

 

Bonnie Live ’77 https://youtu.be/dfOlQCZy8mc

 

“Love Me Like A Man” https://youtu.be/QXLP8_2B2sw

 

“Runaway”  https://youtu.be/HPzcZNgVfpA

 

Freebo Solo: 

 

“Something to Believe In” https://youtu.be/3I-7MIk6ktg

 

“Homeland Blues” with Alice Howe https://youtu.be/FtD3XWUvV1E

 

Notes bassist Tone Forrest: Freebo trades rhythm licks with Jon Hall on this early Bonnie release “You’ve Been In Love Too Long”  https://youtu.be/Q43Je3ay2xY