Rising country-folk singer-songwriter Dori Freeman grew up surrounded by music and art in a small Appalachian town near the Virginia-North Carolina border — an area known for old-time and traditional music. Her grandfather is a musician and pencil artist, while her father plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Freeman started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager.
In 2014, she reached out to Teddy Thompson via social media (she sent him a video of her covering one of his songs). They began a friendship that led to Thompson producing Freeman's self-titled debut album, released in February.
This May, Freeman traveled north to the Adirondack Mountains for a Folk Alley Session taping at Beehive Productions Studio in Saranac Lake, N.Y. Here, she performs "Fine Fine Fine" in a simpler, more stripped-down version from the '60s girl-group arrangement you'll hear on the album. Freeman describes it as a song "about a relationship when you feel it start to fall apart."
Watch Dori Freeman's full Folk Alley Session at FolkAlley.com.
Video produced by Linda Fahey (Folk Alley) and Jeff Oehler and Sue Bibeau (Beehive Productions) with audio assistance from Redia Spada and camera assistance from Lisa Godfrey.