The Fremonts

The Fremonts


The Fremonts are purveyors of the swamp blues sound made famous by Excello acts like Lightnin’ Slim, Lazy Lester, and Slim Harpo in the early to mid 1960s. With sparse, greasy arrangements, the Fremonts have been winning over fans and critics alike for the past 5 years.


The Fremonts are modern purveyors of the 50's and 60's blues found on classic
labels like Chess, Excello, and Sun records. With a sparse, greasy approach to
their music, the Fremonts have been winning over critics and fans alike since
their inception in 2001.

Numerous awards and accolades attest to the fact that the Fremonts'
determination to present the blues in its original context has not gone
unnoticed. In 2003, the band was named "best blues band" by the San Diego
Reader. In 2004, the Fremonts' debut project, "No More Doggin'" was featured
in Blues Revue magazine and received airplay across the United States, Canada,
Europe and South America. Simone Bargelli of Il Blues magazine (Italy) said
of the Fremonts, "they are not contaminated by modern sounds." Michael Cote
of Blues Revue wrote, "expect to hear a lot from these guys in coming years."
and Bjorn Wiksaas of Radio Ung added, "Et band som spiller på akkurat det og
ikke på f.eks. endeløse gitarsoloer."

With Manhattan, Kansas native Mighty Joe Milsap handling the vocals, the
Fremonts are capable of drawing on a number of regional blues styles while
never sounding ill prepared or contrived. Refined and sympathetic support from
Kurt Kalker (drums), Tony Tomlinson (guitar/bass), Patrick Skog (guitar/bass)
and Troy Sandow (harmonica/bass) underpin the Fremonts well studied and
thoughtful sound.

On their most recent project, "Mighty Crazy", the band enlisted the help of
veteran roots producer, Mark Neill (Big Sandy, The Paladins, Los Straitjackets,
Deke Dickerson, Old 97s). "Mighty Crazy" finds the Fremonts
revisiting the classic sounds of Sun Studios, Chess and Excello, while
seamlessly adapting original material to recording techniques from the mid
1950s. Special guests Carl "Sonny" Leyland (piano) and Rip Carson (bass)
contribute to a sound that is both familiar and refreshing, yet seemingly
absent from the modern blues world. "Mighty Crazy" won a 2006 San Diego Music award for Best Blues Album, has been featured in "Blues Revue", "Living Blues", "Blues Matters", and is getting regular airplay world wide - debuting at #22 on the Roots Music Report Charts.


2003 "No More Doggin'" (Self-release)
2003 "Underground Highway - Blues Jam Vol. 2" (Southern Records)
2005 "Mighty Crazy" (Wooden Monkey Music)

Set List

Traditional Electric Blues in the spirit of Chess, Excello, and Sun records.

40% original material.