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Eight years since his last album of self-penned originals, 2010’s Rain On the City finds singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston completely recharged. “Lonely Penny” begins things with a modest quiet, a gentle introduction to ease Johnston back into the spotlight. With “Don’t Fall In Love With a Lonely Girl,” Johnston is back to full power: guitars jangling, vocals driving through the emotional angst. Tunes such as “The Other Side of Love” and “The Devil Raises His Own” (with the most perfect trumpet) recall the Johnston of old from Can You Fly? and This Perfect World, strong on mid-tempo rockers written with great self-reflection and an eye towards the succinct punch of the short story. The pacing of mid-tempos and ballads allow both to shine. “It’s Gonna Come Back to You” evokes the earnest bounce of Buddy Holly. “Livin’ Too Close to the Rio Grande” also bounces while “Central Station” and “The Kind of Love We’re In” groove in place with Johnston’s heartland vocals cementing the forlorn emotions with convincing consistency. It’s about time.


Born: 1961 in Kinsley, KS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A gifted songwriter whose lyrics paint sometimes witty, often poignant portraits of characters often unaware of how their lives have gone wrong, Freedy Johnston seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the early '90s and quickly established himself as one of the most acclaimed new singer/songwriters of the day. Johnston was born in 1961 in Kinsley, Kansas, a small town with the odd distinction of being equidistant between New York City and San Francisco. Growing up, Johnston developed a strong interest...
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