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