Episode 115: Freekbass

Episode 115 of The JamBase Podcast, a partner of the Osiris Media Network, features an interview with Freekbass. JamBase’s Scott Bernstein spoke with the acclaimed bassist about his upcoming Funk The World Tour 2022 and many additional topics.

Freekbass was previously interviewed by Scotty in 2019, when the bassist discussed “The Art Of The Sit-In” in New York City. Bernstein caught up with Freekbass remotely this time around. The bassist and his Bump Assembly ensemble launch the Funk The World Tour 2022, Part 1 at Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati on March 25. That night will feature a Funkadelic and Kiss mashup theme as will shows in Louisville on March 26 and Columbus on March 27. Additional stops follow in Delaware, Virginia and South Carolina with more to be announced.

The run marks Freekbass’ return to touring after two years off the road due to the pandemic. Freekbass talked about the Bump Assembly lineup for the tour, which includes former Turkuaz members Sammi Garett and Greg Sanderson. He also discussed how Kiss fits in with Funkadelic for the upcoming mashup concerts and his excitement to tour.

Freekbass quickly pivoted when COVID-19 forced him off the road to start a variety show. “SATURDAY-NITE-ChitChat” airs each Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on the JamBase Facebook page when he’s not on tour. The bassist recalled his favorite episodes of the livestreamed program. Other topics discussed were the new music he’s put out over the past few years, collaborating with Karina Rykman and what the rest of 2022 will hold for Freekbass.

Episode 115 is sponsored by Shmogger’s Den. Shmogger’s Den offers Tape Cover Puzzles made from old Grateful Dead and Phish tape covers from the days of tape trading. The puzzles bear the setlist of a show surrounded by Shmogger’s own trippy art from back in the day. There is modern-day setlist art, too. And they have every design on shirts for wearing to the shows, as well as mugs, posters, and more! Sign up for the Shmogger’s Den’s mailing list by March 15 by visiting Shmoggersdenlist.com, and you could win *three* puzzles of your choice, in any piece-counts you like.

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