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Summer News, New Mini-Studio, Live CD

After 1-1/2 years and 2 winters in Michigan, we still love being here. Heck, Brielle lives with her mom and dad, right around the corner from us, now. It used to take 9 hours to drive to their place in Atlanta from ours in Sarasota. Now, we cut across the parking lot and we’re there. We get to see so much more of them, now.

I’m enjoying making new friends and fans in west Michigan. I’m making them from Crystal Mountain down to Saugatuck and points in between. And, these west Michigan folks are so very receptive to what I do. Consequently, I have a very full summer which, began Memorial weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort and The Fillmore of Manistee. I am playing on the SS Badger some, this year and my new, regular venues at TJ’s Pub, The Fillmore, Crystal Mountain Resort, the Fox Barn Winery, the Village Cafe and many more. I’ve also added several new venues such as Douglas Valley Winery, Crane’s Pie Pantry & Winery, Iron Fish Distillery, the SS Badger and others. See Schedule

In addition to staying busy with performances there are also, the responsibilities of home ownership which, we did not have in Florida and, the resulting home improvement projects. Plus, we are also landlords once again. We still find time for fun, though. We’re camping next week at the Wheatland Music camp where Margi will get some instruction on fiddle and I will mostly hangout and do the campfire thing.

Margi is practicing acupuncture, as she did in Florida and, it’s going very well for her here. She has also taken up running and has run in several races in Lansing, Grand Rapids, the Mackinaw Bridge and here in Ludington, too. I’m very proud of her for that. Gardening is another of her passions.

My gigs are all in west Michigan this summer. If you’re in the area, be sure to take a look at my schedule at Interestingly, I will be doing 8 more dates this year on the SS Badger, the Lake Michigan trans-lake car ferry that goes from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI. This should prove to be fun and a very different experience for me. For the dates, times and places of other gigs, you’ll need to check the schedule at

Very recently, I re-discovered an entire evening of live recordings from O’Leary’s, Sarasota, FL: Since my recording studio was out of commission for 2 years, I did not have access to the hard drive on the computer where I found them. I spent time this winter remodeling a small room in the back of our upstairs apartment that I intend to use as a mini-studio.
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The studio is all set up now and I did have a chance to give a quick listen to some of the live tracks. I was very pleasantly surprised! It is my hope to do a live CD from these tracks. So, I plan to start reviewing these live recordings more closely to see what can be used. I want to include as many tunes as possible and still include only the performances that are solid. I would love to hear from you if you think you would be interested in a live CD from me. That’s it for now. Until next time, I remain

Musically Yours.


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“Fremont John is Tampa Bay’s most seasoned and professional original singer/songwriter.” –

“Tampa Bay’s most seasoned and professional original singer/songwriter.” –

Indie recording artist singer/songwriter, Fremont John has released 5 CDs on his record label, Aims High Music, His most recent CD, “Contrarian’ was submitted to the 2014 Grammys and made it to the coveted pre-nom list from which the Grammy nominees come. In addition to songwriting, arranging, recording, this very busy musician and his signature blue Taylor 614CE guitar have logged over 3500 live performances since 2000. He performed at most venues in Key West, where he is a former resident He has played many venues along Florida’s gulf coast on up to Michigan and points in between to include Atlanta, Louisville, Cleveland, Grand Rapids and Chicago in the pubs and clubs, craft breweries, festivals, house concerts, casinos, performing arts centers and, theaters.
People hearing Fremont John just know by his polished sound that he has played with the greats. Vocally, they hear Roy Orbison, John Fogerty or Rob Thomas. His guitar sound is as pleasing and readily identifiable as that of Carlos Santana and is offered compared to the great Latin guitarist. Once you’ve heard Fremont’s guitar you don’t have to see him to know it’s him playing.
Having been independent for all of his career, never a side-man, Fremont has had the privilege and honor to record and perform with some of the best of the best to include members of such bands as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, The Band, Heart, Pat Benatar, Cold Play, The Stones, Uptown Horns and many more. He has also shared the stage with Grammy songwriters like Tia Sillers, (There’s Your Trouble & I Hope You Dance), Chuck Cannon (How Do You Like Me Now) and Mark Selby (Blue On Black) to name a few.
Additional points of interest for Fremont John include:
• Voted #1 Singer/Songwriter in 2014 Tampa Bay Artist’s Poll @
* “Contrarian” CD was submitted to 2014 Grammys making it to the pre-nom list
• Climbed to #5 Indie Artist – USA 2015 and 2014 per ReverbNation Chart. Other RN rankings include:
• #1 Indie Artist, Tampa Bay market, 2011 to present
• #1 Indie Artist, Grand Rapids, MI market, 2014
• #2 Jazz Artist, Tampa Bay, for all of 2009 & 2010, only behind Chick Corea
• #1 Americana Artist, Tampa Bay, 2008
• 3 CDs of music currently airing on Pandora Radio,
• Interviewed by Patrick McCarty on nationally syndicated radio show, 27MM weekly listeners, spring, 2014