12 QUESTIONS WITH AUDLEY FREED

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Club bands after graduating from college. Formed Cry Of Love and put two records out. Played with the Black Crowes next (including our shows with Jimmy Page). Played/recorded with Chris Robinson’s New Earth Mud. Played in Joe Perry’s solo band, then toured with the Dixie Chicks, then Peter Frampton, now playing with Jakob Dylan. Write songs, play on records and demos..

What inspired you to start playing guitar?
I was always drawn to it. My friend played so my parents signed me up for lessons.

What was your first electric guitar?
Crown Les Paul copy.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
Today or tomorrow?

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
There are way too many to mention (and they keep happening – opening for Eric Clapton tonite) but I’m mostly proud of the fact that I have been able to do (and continue to do) everything and much, much more that I dreamed of doing as a kid.

How did you hear about Reverend?
Can’t remember but I met Joe somewhere and he was really cool.

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
A Roundhouse RT.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
Sound great, record well, play great and something that is overlooked a lot: they are set up perfectly out of the case.

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Amps: Matchless, Fender, Germino, Dr. Z, and a bunch of others. Effects: Timmy, Boss, Teese, Line 6, Fulltone, Keeley, Demeter, Z Vex, Hughes and Kettner, Radial, Analog Man, Pro Analog and I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Working in my yard/gardening and running but those aren’t very unusual.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
That depends on your goals but above all else try to have fun and enjoy music.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
Jakob Dylan tour, co-wrote and played on Keith Gattis’ record “Bones” that will be coming out and play in his band, recorded the title song for the new Tim Robbins movie with the Dixie Chicks, always playing around town or in the studio when I’m home in Nashville.