Instruments: Guitar, Vocals
Guitarist, producer, and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful,no-nonsense" guitar work has recently relocated to the West Coast following 18 years as one of Chicago's most respected musicians. Widely sought after for his knowledge of and fluency in the Blues idioms, Freund has earned a reputation as one of the hottest players on today's blues scene. He served an unreproducible apprenticeship after leaving N.Y.C. in 1976, learning the role of second guitar behind Hubert Sumlin, Lee Jackson, Homesick James, Louis Meyers, and many others. Steve spent two years with Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones, learning the deep blues and the idiosyncrasies that are part of the art. In 1978 he became Sunnyland Slim's main guitarist, playing just about every gig the piano legend did up until the time of his death. Freund became the consummate piano accompanist, working with Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Walker, Henry Gray and others.