Courtesy of the artist
Freedy Johnston. Courtesy of the artist
Growing up in the small town of Kinsley, Kan., singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston wasn't exactly surrounded by musical influences. He had to buy his first guitar through mail order, and he had to convince a friend to drive him 35 miles to the nearest record store to buy his first album, Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True. His persistence paid off, though, as he eventually landed a record deal with Bar/None Records and released his debut, Trouble Tree, in 1990. Eleven albums later, he's still with Bar/None, and just released his first new studio material in nine years, Rain on the City.
"Don't Fall in Love With a Lonely Girl"
"The Other Side of Love"
"Venus Is Her Name"
Johnston's latest album is yet another example of the hook-laden, sometimes heartbreaking pop songs that he's spent the past two decades refining. On songs such as "Don't Fall in Love With a Lonely Girl," Johnston displays his knack for setting stories involving down-on-their-luck characters against bright pop choruses. He plays songs from his latest album in this World Cafe session.