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Freeman recalls fifth album

Thursday, September 7, 2023 – Dori Freeman announced her fifth studio album, "Do You Recall," will be released November 17 on her own Blue Hens Music imprint.

The 11-track collection's first single and title track is out now. Having sharpened her vision of Appalachian Americana, ranging from the country traditionalism of her self-titled debut in 2016 to the amplified folk of "Ten Thousand Roses" in 2021.

"I grew up in a family that played a lot of traditional music, but my dad played a lot of other types of music for me, too," said Freeman. "I'd go fiddler's conventions, but I'd also watch my dad play jazz, swing, country and rock and roll. He was a big fan of singer-songwriters. I think that variety has a lot to do with the way my own songwriting has developed."

After traveling to New York City to record her first three albums with producer Teddy Thompson, Freeman chose to stay in Virginia for the "Ten Thousand Roses" sessions. Drummer Nicholas Falk, who is also her husband, as well as a touring member of Hiss Golden Messenger, Caamp and Seth Walker, produced.

The two musicians worked out of a small, timber-framed recording studio in the couple's own backyard, tracking songs during the daytime hours while their daughter attended school. With sounds of electric guitar, organ, pedal steel, percussion and vocal harmonies, Freeman sings about motherhood, marriage and life in modern-day Appalachia.

"I want people to associate different things with Appalachia than what's become the standard," Freeman said. "You can't define this area as one thing. I know my perspective on it, and I love sharing that perspective and representing Appalachia in my own way."

The track list is:
1. Do You Recall
2. Wrong Direction
3. Soup Beans Milk And Bread
4. Movie Screen
5. Good Enough
6. Why Do I Do This To Myself
7. Rid My Mind
8. River Runs
9. They Do It's True
10. Laundromat
11. Gonna Be A Good Time

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