Freedy Johnston Overview
Freedy Johnston (born 1961) is a New York City New York, New York -based singer-songwriter originally from Kinsley Kinsley, Kansas , Kansas.
Having scored several minor hits since the early 1990s, Johnston's songs are often about troubled loners, and cover topics like heartbreak, alienation and disappointment. Known for the craftsmanship of his songs, he has been described as a "songwriter's songwriter."
Johnston was raised in the small town of Kinsley, KS, pop. 1,658 (2009). His interest in music was hampered by the fact that there were no record shops or music stores in his hometown. When he was sixteen, he bought his first guitar from a mail order catalog, and at 17, had a friend drive him the 35 miles to the closest record store to buy an Elvis Costello album he had read about. When he graduated high school, and left to attend the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, he immersed himself in the new wave New Wave music music scene. By 1985, with some songs he'd recorded on a four-track recorder he moved to New York City. After a few years there, he signed with Bar None Records, and debuted just two tracks called Time for a Change, in 1989, and his first album was released in 1990, titled The Trouble Tree. While the reviews were generally good, the album was not commercially successful. Johnston sold some of his family's farmland to finance the recording of his second album, Can You Fly (an event he wrote about in a song on that album, "Trying to Tell You I Don't Know").
In early 2008 Johnston released a covers album Cover song entitled My Favorite Waste of Time. It includes selections from Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Matthew Sweet and The Hollies. His most recent CD, called Rain on the City, was recorded in Nashville (as was My Favorite Waste of Time) and was released in January 2010.Johnston's music has been discussed by a critic from CD Universe, after the release of This Perfect World, claiming that, "his music marries perfectly realized power-pop Power pop sensibility to skilled, literary writing chops."* The Trouble Tree (1990)
* Can You Fly (1992)
* Unlucky (1993)
* This Perfect World (1994)
* Never Home (1997)
* Blue Days Black Nights (1999)
* Live at 33 1/3 (2000)
* Right Between the Promises (2001)
* The Way I Were: 4-Track Demos 1986-1992 (2004)
* Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop (2006)
* My Favorite Waste of Time (2008)
* Rain on the City (2010)
With other artists
* Song of America Song of America (album) (2007) - "Peg & Awl"
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