Free Spirits
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Free Spirits has a CD demo. This demo includes covers of Sheryl Crow, Maroon Five, Faith Hill, Bonnie Raitt, and an original song by Steven Von Linne entitled "We Won't Be Standing Alone."

The current discography consists of members' individual efforts, and some live recordings of Steven Von Linne and Priscilla Sanders with varied configurations of rhythm sections and guest players.

Priscilla's CD "Ride a Wave with Me" is available on CD Baby, Amazon.com, and on her website, www.priscillasanders.com.

Steven Von Linne has a release entitled "Bliss" --music for yoga and deep relaxation. Several tracks have been in rotation on cable networks, and have had airplay in Hawaii. Bliss has recently been re-mastered in a Nashville studio, and is soon to be released. In addition to "Bliss", Steven has a new album entitled, "Dance into Grace." An instrumental world music CD designed for creative movement and free dance. The recording was completed and mastered in Nashville, with release planned in summer 2007.

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Free Spirits began as a Duo consisting of guitarist /singer/songwriter Steven Von Linne, and Singer/songwriter Priscilla Sanders. The two met during a recording session of her CD RIDE A WAVE WITH ME in Los Angeles. Steven offered to do some guitar work on the project, and was later invited to co-produce the record. Steven invited some of the members of his world music band Jagadambe to play on the CD, and it began to take a new shape with the added influences of producer/musician Jack Lee (Earl Scruggs, Mother Earth) and Martin Orimenko. Bringing in Bassist Deon Estus (Wham, Elton John, Seal, Marvin Gaye) gave the music a new soulful element, and after a nearly year-long effort, the project was completed. Once the album was finished, it was decided that they would travel to Hawaii to get the mastering done and release the CD. After mastering and release, the two artists started doing a duo act performing on local radio shows and venues, then eventually formed a band to perform and prepare for a National tour.
After hearing the CD, RIDE A WAVE WITH ME, Maui Film Festival co-founder Stella Rivers invited the group to perform at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center as part of the entertainment for the popular festival. The performance created a stir as the usually seated audience began to rise and dance and cheer the band. An invitation to open up for a Jimmy Cliff concert in Honolulu brought attention to the desire for touring. After a phone call with legendary guitarist and teacher Regi Wooten, Priscilla and Steven were invited to join the rich music scene of Nashville. The other band members in Maui did not want to move off the island after it was decided that Steven and Priscilla would move to Priscilla's home of Nashville to base while touring the south and east coast.

Before leaving Maui, The Band was gaining notoriety, and thanks to their drummer Dave La Rocco, the band performed as an opening act for The Rowan Brothers Band at several of Maui's top venues. The Brothers were up for a Maui tour after Dave agreed to make arrangements for them, and their act featured Phil Lesh's guitarist Barry Sless. Upon learning that Priscilla and Steven were on their way to Nashville, Lorin Rowan invited them to collaborate on doing a show in the South.
Since the Rowan Brothers had to be in Nashville at the same time as them, they agreed to do a set at the Band's CD release party at one of Nashville's most coveted venues, Third and Lindsley. Priscilla and Steven attracted two of Nashville's virtuoso players Roy Vogt (Bass) and Paul Wilmot (Drums) to do the show with them. Violinist Lori Kanan also joined the group for the performance. The night was a great success and many CD's were sold. In spite of the great reception, the Nashville music scene proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated. Without management, the group had difficulty booking gigs, and eventually Roy and Paul being much in demand as a rhythm section had to take the paying offers. Steven and Priscilla then formed a trio with Bassist Alan Barnes to do another CD release at Borders Books and Music. The management said that the show was one of the best they had heard, and all CD's in stock for the performance sold out. This was great encouragement, and the group was invited to do another return engagement as well as possible performances in other Borders stores in the South.

. After a visit to California, opportunities for gigging were offered, and before long, the return to California became a reality. Back to the core duo act, Priscilla and Steven renamed their act Free Spirits and began to perform at some local venues in Sausalito, and became regulars at a local cafe. As fate would have it, some of the former members of the Sanders/linne Band began to sit in and offered willingness to do shows in bigger venues.

This, combined with invitations to re-unite with The Rowan Brothers in Maui led to a trip back to the island. Finally, after nearly four years of performance touring and recording, the duo was destined to part ways.Steven Von Linne then began an international tour including Uruguay, Brasil and Peru.He played many gigs with popular Uruguayan band "Maluca"in and around the Montevideo area. Then traveling to the central mountains of Brasil; to Belo Horizonte where he performed and recorded with legendary guitarist Eric (monster) Babl.(Also Steven's cousin) After some studio work and short tour to neighboring town Ouro Preto, it was decided that Steven would return to do more producing and session work with cousins and friends.Steven currently resides in Maui Hawaii.
GUITAR AND VOCALS
Steven Von Linne’s guitar work has been compared to Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, and has a late 60’s style of influence from growing up in the Bay area during the Haight Ashbury heyday. He has a style and ability that incorporates folk, blues, rock and funky soul. Jamband and fusion are his bread and butter, but there are