DL Free

DL Free


It's the blues but DL Free brings a deeply metaphysical spirituality to his Americana/Blues. Performing solo on acoustic guitar or accompanied by bass and drums, he plays bluesy solos; rooted in Americana: upbeat roadhouse to heartbreak ballads.


DL FREE is not a young artist seeking celebrity but a seasoned musician and songwriter. Learn more at the artist's website www.DLFree.us and hear the latest music by DL Free at Soundclick.com.
The inspired blues of On Half Mast (On Half Mast © 2007 BMI) is at the forefront of DL’s current music promotion. Also working on new songs for next CD release. Seeking recording contract.

DL began his first guitar lessons at age eight on a Sears Silvertone acoustic guitar. His instructor was a Pakistani who played in a Top 40 band at the Intercontinental Hotel in Islamabad. He taught DL the song I’m A Believer by The Monkees. DL briefly studied alto saxophone but remained an acoustic guitar player with such natural ability that his guitar instructor in the 9th grade conceded that their time was best spent jamming and he introduced DL to playing solo guitar.

The 60's record collection in DL's childhood home included James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and the Supremes along with those of artists like Lou Rawls, Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstein and Sarah Vaughn. These were favorites. But it was the blues records of BB King and Muddy Waters with prominent guitar work that DL found captivating. In 1971, DL bought the Band of Gypsies Live at Filmore East. That band's sound changed every notion DL had about music's place in life.
Upon returning to the U.S., DL found other young guitarists were forming Top 40 bands and covering songs by The Doobie Brothers, Bachman Turner Overdrive, and Chicago. DL became an avid Hard Rock fan. His first rock concert in the U.S. was Steppenwolf. DL was heavily influenced by Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin. He was also an avid listener to soul artists; particular favorites were Isaac Hayes, The Temptations and Al Green.
DL’s father purchased him a Fender Telecaster and DL got nicknamed Hendrix by his peers.
DL entered Syracuse University but quickly found close friends with a guitar duo calling themselves TimberWolf. The duo introduced DL to Jackson Browne, Pure Prairie League, CSNY and the Grateful Dead.
DL moved to California in 1978. On Thanksgiving Day 1978, DL first heard Bob Marley's Exodus. It was the 2nd album to broaden his insight into music's place in life: its ability to uplift and transform.

The Bay Area was a melting post of countercultures and multicultures when DL arrived. In it he found new freedom and forms of expression and within months DL was playing as a street musician on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz and on the piers of San Francisco.
Soon DL was living in Santa Cruz. The coastal town was home for the reggae band The Rastafarians featuring Ras Binghi on keyboards. The relationship DL formed with these musicians proved significant as he would later join Ras Binghi’s band. DL was attracted to the Rastafari culture and reggae music. His guitar style grew to include reggae and ska rhythms. He co-founded Oasis. The band consisted of musicians from Panama, Belize and the Dominican Republic and their set included songs in Hebrew because the lead singer was a self proclaimed Black Hebrew. Due to the recent overthrow of Eithiopia’s Haile Selassie, there were Ethiopian refugees also in Santa Cruz and DL formed a musical trio consisting of two guitars and singing songs in Amharic. Because of his international upbringing, DL felt at home in this diversity of musical culture.
In Oakland he formed instrumental art rock band The Art Beat with Kevin Porter on drums, a bassist and a sax player. DL was a guitarist known in circles of Oakland and Santa Cruz.

It was not until DL collaborated with fellow guitarist/songwriter Perry Leslie did his songwriting really take shape. Perry and DL formed the rock band Evil Dog to showcase their songs. The band featured DL on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. The Evil Dog set featured the original Touch Me To My Soul written by DL, but given a country flavor by Perry’s solo guitar work. The group was rounded out by bass, drums and congas. It was with this group that DL began seriously writing lyrics and music and recording. This creative period lasted nearly a year.
DL eventually moved from the Santa Cruz scene to Austin, Texas in October 1985.
The following February DL ran into Ras Binghi (former keyboardist for The Rastafarians) at a Bob Marley Day celebration in Houston. Binghi was looking for a guitarist. DL immediately joined the new group. They began rehearsing in Houston and along with bass and drums and saxophone began playing gigs in Houston, Dallas, Austin and the small country roadhouses between cities also welcomed their ‘rebel’ reggae music.
Binghi began work on a solo album at the recording studio owned by Clay James in Houston. DL followed suit with his own solo work at the same studio resulting in tape master for Spirit Dance, Cuz Anyday and The Mission which featured a beautiful melo


On Half Mast

Written By: DL Free

She’s got one son fighting in the war
No one can remember what he’s fighting for
At night she fights crying
Everyday people are dying in the streets
And the flags fly on half mast

There’s been trouble in the east since Maccabees and Rome
If you look you’ll see trouble right here at home
Everyday mothers are crying
People are dying in the streets
And the flags fly on half mast

She’s got one son fighting in the war
The other went AWOL and now he’s in jail
At night she fights crying
Everyday people are dying in the streets
And the flags fly on half mast

Can you feel what I say?
Feel it, its true today
As long as mothers are crying
As long as people are dying in the streets
Let the flags fly on half mast

Copyright 2007, BMI

Don't Come After Me

Written By: Dale Layne Freeman aka DL Free

(Spoken) She let me in, but I left the back door open.
There’s a trail of broken hearts behind me
Up the road a lot more misery
Don’t come after me
She said, “come into my bedroom”
Bad man has little to lose; bad man has little to lose
Bad man can make an angel sing the blues
Don’t come after me
She said, “come into my bedroom”
I can be so agreeable in my bedroom
You can set a spell in my bedroom
(Spoken) You’ll be okay, keep your heart out the way.
Bad man has little to lose; bad man has little to lose
This bad man can make an angel sing the blues


On Half Mast (March 2007)
Drug Free Zone (Re-release March 2007)

Set List

45 minute set of original material and a couple of covers: ten to twelve songs.