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Freddie Alderman Band makes music out of life's experiences

August 15, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 15--MEBANE -- The Freddie Alderman Band is a collection of life stories and experiences put to music. Not held down by any one genre or style, the music leads the way allowing the band to play songs that connect with the audience and real life, instead of focusing on what could become the next big hit.

Freddie Alderman, lead vocalist, guitarist and creator of the band, has loved music from the very start.

"When I was about 7 years old, I was at my aunt's house and met a man named Rick Keen," Alderman explained. "Rick was in a country band where he played guitar and he did some singing. I was hypnotized by this man whom I assumed was a 'music star.' I immediately went home and started trying to write songs. I did not yet play an instrument, but it was only a matter of time."

Alderman's childhood musical journey didn't end there. He started with a grade school rap music obsession, worked his way through middle school brass band, and after his trumpet was stolen, finally tried his hand at the acoustic guitar.

"Between my eighth- and ninth-grade years, my mother's house was robbed and my trumpet was taken. My parents couldn't afford another one so my life as a musician was dead ... until my grandfather gave me my first guitar," Alderman said. "My world was changed forever."

It took a little while for Alderman to get the hang of his own personal style. It wasn't till he stopped trying so hard and instead let his experiences guide him that his music really got its start.

"I don't recall when the great shift took place," Alderman noted. "But I decided to try writing exactly what I felt when I felt it. I end up writing songs based on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. The things that I write about may not always be the most popular topics, but they are honest ... painfully honest."

It wasn't long until Alderman included others in his musical venture and the Freddie Alderman Band was born. A collection of people, music and cultures, Alderman refers to his band as a "melting pot" of genres.

"We are not rock, country, soul or anything else," he said. "Due to my eclectic taste in music, I have never pigeon-holed myself into a particular style. I have tried, but I have found that to be creatively suffocating."

Instead, Alderman and his band let the music take the lead, finding their inspiration not from the "rules" of songwriting, but from daily life's heartaches and happiness.

Alderman said he truly desires to connect with his audience.

"I want people to understand that when they find themselves in a place of hurt and confusion, they are not alone. It's not a matter of misery loving company; it's deeper than that. There is a peace in unity."

The current lineup for Alderman's band includes his wife, Dawn, on background and harmony vocals, Buck Knighten on guitar, Jean Lee on bass and Don Lee on drums.

The Freddie Alderman Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday on Clay Street in downtown Mebane as part of the Clay Street After Work portion of the Musical Chairs countywide concert series. Admission is free, but donations of children's art supplies for classes at the Alamance County Arts Council are appreciated. Be sure to bring blankets, towels or chairs because seating won't be provided.

You can call the Leisure Line at (336) 222-5147 for updates or get more details at www.artsalamance.com or by calling (336) 226-4495. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled.

Upcoming Musical Chairs concerts

--Aug. 23: Jyl and Currie Clayton, Fridays on Front/Fourth Fridays, Historic Depot Amphitheater, Burlington

--Aug. 30: Rough Cut, Alamance Crossing, Burlington

--Sept. 6: The Zinc Kings, First Fridays, Graham

--Sept. 13: Eric And The Chill Tones, Sunset Rhythms, City Park, Burlington

Elisa Abele is a Culinary Arts graduate from Alamance Community College and an intern in the Accent department.

MEBANE -- The Freddie Alderman Band is a collection of life stories and experiences put to music. Not held down by any one genre or style, the music leads the way allowing the band to play songs that connect with the audience and real life, instead of focusing on what could become the next big hit.

Freddie Alderman, lead vocalist, guitarist and creator of the band, has loved music from the very start.

"When I was about 7 years old, I was at my aunt's house and met a man named Rick Keen," Alderman explained. "Rick was in a country band where he played guitar and he did some singing. I was hypnotized by this man whom I assumed was a 'music star.' I immediately went home and started trying to write songs. I did not yet play an instrument, but it was only a matter of time."

Alderman's childhood musical journey didn't end there. He started with a grade school rap music obsession, worked his way through middle school brass band, and after his trumpet was stolen, finally tried his hand at the acoustic guitar.

"Between my eighth- and ninth-grade years, my mother's house was robbed and my trumpet was taken. My parents couldn't afford another one so my life as a musician was dead ... until my grandfather gave me my first guitar," Alderman said. "My world was changed forever."

It took a little while for Alderman to get the hang of his own personal style. It wasn't till he stopped trying so hard and instead let his experiences guide him that his music really got its start.

"I don't recall when the great shift took place," Alderman noted. "But I decided to try writing exactly what I felt when I felt it. I end up writing songs based on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. The things that I write about may not always be the most popular topics, but they are honest ... painfully honest."

It wasn't long until Alderman included others in his musical venture and the Freddie Alderman Band was born. A collection of people, music and cultures, Alderman refers to his band as a "melting pot" of genres.

"We are not rock, country, soul or anything else," he said. "Due to my eclectic taste in music, I have never pigeon-holed myself into a particular style. I have tried, but I have found that to be creatively suffocating."

Instead, Alderman and his band let the music take the lead, finding their inspiration not from the "rules" of songwriting, but from daily life's heartaches and happiness.

Alderman said he truly desires to connect with his audience.

"I want people to understand that when they find themselves in a place of hurt and confusion, they are not alone. It's not a matter of misery loving company; it's deeper than that. There is a peace in unity."

The current lineup for Alderman's band includes his wife, Dawn, on background and harmony vocals, Buck Knighten on guitar, Jean Lee on bass and Don Lee on drums.

The Freddie Alderman Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday on Clay Street in downtown Mebane as part of the Clay Street After Work portion of the Musical Chairs countywide concert series. Admission is free, but donations of children's art supplies for classes at the Alamance County Arts Council are appreciated. Be sure to bring blankets, towels or chairs because seating won't be provided.

You can call the Leisure Line at (336) 222-5147 for updates or get more details at www.artsalamance.com or by calling (336) 226-4495. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled.

Upcoming Musical Chairs concerts

--Aug. 23: Jyl and Currie Clayton, Fridays on Front/Fourth Fridays, Historic Depot Amphitheater, Burlington

--Aug. 30: Rough Cut, Alamance Crossing, Burlington

--Sept. 6: The Zinc Kings, First Fridays, Graham

--Sept. 13: Eric And The Chill Tones, Sunset Rhythms, City Park, Burlington

Elisa Abele is a Culinary Arts graduate from Alamance Community College and an intern in the Accent department.

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