Saturday, June 7, 2014

CD Review: Singer/Songwriters Tom Freund And Jim Mize Return With New Albums

American folk singer/songwriter Tom Freund returns with his first album of new material in six years as he releases "Two Moons" on June 17th. After jumping into the music industry right from college, Tom recorded his first album with Ben Harper in 1992 ("Pleasure And Pain"). After releasing a children's album in 2007 ("Hug Trees") and a Christmas EP in 2008 ("Xmas In Texas"), Tom was ready to revisit his folk storytelling side with strong lyrics and gentle acoustics. The new 11-song album begins with the Randy Newman-sounding "Angel Eyes" as Tom Freund looks to re-introduce himself to you. The wonderfully fragile "Heavy Balloons" and the Americana feel of "Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be" shows the amazing songwriting talents that are spilled across this album. The ukulele becomes Tom's best friend on the island sway of "Next Time Around," before visiting the dark side of his songwriting on the bluesy "Weekend Guy." The album finishes with a return to the gentle acoustics of "Sugar Pie" as Tom finds his way into your soul.

Tom Freund has a couple shows lined up for July, but look for more dates once his new album is released. To find out more, please visit

Fellow singer/songwriter Jim Mize will also be releasing his new self-titled studio album on June 24th through Big Legal Mess Records. The music on his latest release has that raw, roots rock appeal as on the opening track "Rabbit Hole" as Mize pulls off Springsteen-like vocals. Mize gets help from a couple of fellow southern artists as guitarist John Paul Keith pulls off some amazing solos on "I Won't Come Back Again" and Jimbo Mathus displays some slide guitar on the slow boogie of "Bleed." Mize slows down for the meaningful lyrics of "Eminence Kentucky," before closing with stark storytelling of "Empty Rooms."

To find out more about Jim Mize and his new album, please visit

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