Our guests this week on Art of the Song are singer/songwriter Alice Howe and her producer/partner Freebo. Alice grew up in Newton, Massachusetts listening to her parents’ record collection from the blues of Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt, to the folk of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, to the rock of James Taylor and Jackson Browne.
After honing her chops in the Seattle music scene, Alice returned to Massachusetts where she attended the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference. There she met Freebo, a prolific Los Angeles musician who has accompanied numerous big names, including Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr and Dr. John. He heard her play, and she made an impression. The two began collaborating and ultimately touring together.