FreeVerse

FreeVerse

 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
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FreeVerse is a fusion of progressive psychedelic rock, funk, blues, and jazz that yields one seasoned jam band. FreeVerse can explore southern fried harmonica-drenched blues to spaced-out dirty funk.

Biography

"There's no denying that the spirit of the jam band is alive and well whenever Little Rock's FreeVerse hits the stage. In fact, this band has a constant connection with their audience, unlike most live acts you'll see." --Chris King, owner of Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack and The Revolution Music Room.

FreeVerse is a fusion of progressive psychedelic rock, funk, blues, and jazz that yields one seasoned jam band. They are always pushing forward, rocking with heavy beats and flowing energy.  FreeVerse can explore southern fried harmonica-drenched blues to spaced-out dirty funk. Depending on the moment, you never can be sure what they will sound like. This creative energy allows the band to explore new directions every night. Rocking the moment, or the now, is the overall goal of their music.

In 2003, FreeVerse was voted "Best New Band" by the readers of the Little Rock Free Press.  They were Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Semifinalists in 2004 and 2005.  They were also chosen to participate in the Wakarusa Winter Classic in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In the summer of 2006, they released their first full-length self-titled album.  They are currently in the studio working on a follow up to their debut album. With the addition of new musicians to FreeVerse in the past two years, the band has tightened their sound and achieved a funkier edge while surpassing their creative expression of years past .

The band has shared the stage with New Monsoon, Particle, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Oteil Burbridge & The Peacemakers, Garaj Mahal, The Big Wu, Col Bruce Hampton, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ekoostik Hookah, David Nelson, Willie Waldman and Rob Wasserman, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Sonny Landreth, Grease Factor, Bonerama, New Monsoon, and many other talented musicians.  FreeVerse has been featured on "Spotlight On", an hour-long television program featuring prominent regional musicians and songwriters.  They have also performed live at numerous festivals, including the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Arkansas Riverfest, Toad Suck Daze, Arkansas Earth Day Festival, The Great Unknown, and Togetherfest.

FreeVerse has an incredibly diverse fan base that is inspiring, pushing the band to new heights. The members of FreeVerse are all about a deep respect for one another, their fans, and the positive influence music has on all of our lives!  Their values are best stated in their song Gravity- "plant a seed and grow it from the ground, a family tree is the strongest tree around."

Instrumentation:
Adam Nelsen – lead guitar, vocals
Brent Stroud – rhythm guitar, lead vocals, harmonica
Scott Southern – drums, percussion
Brian Wolverton - bass, vocals
Dave Williams - saxophone, vocals

Contact Information:
email: free_verse@comcast.net

Lyrics

The Beginning

Written By: TJ Hudson

Floating through the atmosphere
We blaze across the sky
Leaving trails of stuff behind us
We never thought we'd find
This is what we wanted
Even though we never knew
Destination so unbound
And the future shows no clue

Spinning in rotation
Equal distance from the sun
We stand and face the future
The journey has just begun
Flying in formation
Captured still in disbelief
We are all just wonderers
In this music that we seek

Gallavanting

Written By: Adam Nelsen

Surreal dreams have taken my mind
Watch clocks melt time in a sweet pantomime
A mixture of seven and our sweet mother’s birth
Half of which is less than it’s worth

See the roses bleed indigo
Up on the mountain the cold winter snow
The cry of the eagle it grows and grows
My eyes are tender from the cold winter snow

And the wheel goes On
Wheel goes on
Wheel goes on

On a cold black night, stars in my head
Just looking for a place, somewhere to throw my bed
Do you know a place where a man could go
To give of himself and reap what he sows

Alligator dreams of the melancholy way
Lying on the riverbanks just trying to catch some rays
Don’t know what I want to do; don’t know what I want to say
But I’ll tell you one thing baby I’m going to live my own way

And the wheel goes On
Wheel goes on
Wheel goes on

The answer to the question my friend
Is a feeling you can’t comprehend

Vincent

Written By: Adam Nelsen

Went to the east, look for the water to say
Open the sky, time and time again
Went to the east, look for the water to say
Open the sky, time and time again

Cut off my ear, and sent it off in the mail
Feel how it feels, over your dead skin
Cut off my ear, and sent it off in the mail
Feel how it feels, over your dead skin

Paint for soul peace, central to all that’s within
Changing the view, I cannot pretend
Paint for soul peace, central to all that’s within
Changing the view, I cannot pretend

Went to the east, look for the water to say
Open the sky, time and time again
Went to the east, look for the water to say
Open the sky, time and time again

Discography

The Trinity Sessions Demo
Recorded in 2004
Recorded and Mixed by Jay Wedeman of Brown Carpet Studios in Jacksonville, AR

FreeVerse
Self-titled 2006
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Drew Pickens
Mastered by Matt Sandowski of Air Show Mastering
Manufactured and Printed by Disc Makers

Set List

Typical Set List
Sticky Fingerz Holiday Party

Set One
Grave Swept Clean
Highland Sun >
Stand Up
Samson and Delilah
Life during Wartime
Talk Too Much **
Fearless >
Scary Beautiful

Set Two
Hubba *
Sylvie
GTBT ^
Seaweed
Birds of a Feather
79 Cadillac
Celestial Snow >
Franklin’s Tower > ***
LA Woman > #
Franklin’s Tower >
Celestial Snow Ending

Encore
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Q-13 ****

* First Time Played, original by John Weir
** With School Boy Crush Tease
***With Jungle Boogie, First Tube, Dark Star, Jessica, and Lo Rider teases
**** With Scary Beautiful Tease
^ With Going Down the Road tease
# First Time Played

We can play 2 long sets or three shorter sets just whatever you would like from us. We like to play as much as possible. We usually play 70% originals with the rest being covers. We are not afraid of covering any material and attempting to stretch it out.

List of Originals

Gallavanting
In Flight
Gravity
Stand Up