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Super Real

by Freedom and Whiskey

An eclectic mix of high energy, in your face, 70's style classic / southern and blues rock. Music for the masses. Caution. Not for the faint of heart.
Genre: Rock: Southern Rock
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1. Riverside Stomp
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2. Super Real
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3. For No Good Reason
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4. Comin' Down Heavy
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5. Whiskey State of Mind
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6. Too Far Gone
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7. Running Blind
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8. Is This Thing On
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9. Slow Suicide
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10. Green
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11. August
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12. Sellavision Blues
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Album Notes
Freedom and Whiskey's has a re-vamped line-up, featuring new band member and phenomenal guitar player, Chuck Mingis; new lead vocalist and smokin' harmonica player, Mark Hoekstra; as well as F&W's co-founders and original members, Mike Huettig and Bill Goins (drums and bass, respectively) the band's new album has a harder rockin', blues-y sound...but loyal fans needn't worry, the style is still 100% pure Freedom and Whiskey brand, kick ass Southern Rock.
Rock on, it's "Super Real"!


Review by: Alligator Jackson

From the opening moments of “Super Real”, it is evident that Freedom and Whiskey has come to rock. The title track features the whiskey soaked growl of new vocalist Mark Hoeskstra and the psychedelic guitar stylings of ex- Days of the New guitarist Chuck Mingis. This is serious business: but what fun it is! “Super Real” kicks in with a sense of urgency. A southern fried 70’s styled anthem, “Super Real” goes straight for the balls in the tradition of classics like “Mississippi Queen” and “Kick Out The Jams.”
They keep on ripping into “For No Good Reason.” Hoeskstra at times sounds a little like the great Danny Joe Brown on this track. Hoeskstra is a smoking’ harmonica player as well and he is on fire in “For No Good Reason”. The third cd from the Kentucky southern rockers features the traditional southern sound they forged on their first two offerings but the new cd also offers a trip back into the majestic blues-tinged seventies.
“Comin’ Down Heavy” is the next rocker on the album but also perfectly describes the changes Freedom and Whiskey has gone through. The harmonica is sharp again and the band warns “Better get ready/ change is comin’/ comin’ down heavy like a hurricane comin’ straight for you.”
“Whiskey State Of Mind” finds the band leaning more toward Allman Brothers styled blues southern rock and the song comes across as an instant southern classic. Definitely a must hear for blues rock fans as Hoeskstra’s vocals are dead on for this style.
Songs like “Running Blind” ,“Slow Suicide”, and “Too Far Gone” offer a slower bluesier side of traditional southern rock that was dominant in the first two Freedom and Whiskey cds. This style gives the cd more range and depth. “August” has shades of Procal Harem’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” melodically and is a powerful, emotional tune that mentions the tragedies we’ve endured as a nation such as 911 and Hurricane Katrina.
“Super Real” by Freedom and Whiskey is a classic southern rock release in this gator’s opinion. “Sellavision Blues” closes out the cd with Led Zep styled slow blues rocker. The band plays tribute to the influences of Led Zep, Cream, Allman Brothers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and even borrow a little from more modern blues rockers like Blues Traveler and Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies: but do not mistake this: They bring their own style and flavor into this cd. Freedom and Whiskey has always blended traditional influences with modern rock and originality and this cd uses that formula to near perfection. A stunning collection of southern fried blues rock!


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James Stanley Howen

Super Real
I received my purchased copy of Super Real the other day and I have listened to it several times. It is one of the best super charged records I have heard in a long time. The lyrics remind me of what is really going on in this world. Yet it doesn't feel preachy.

The band is musically tight as I have ever heard and Mark Hoekstra's vocals put you right where you want to be when listening to music. The emotion comes at you hard and to the point.

I have been disappointed many times when I have purchased music only to find a couple gems on the record, but not so with this album. There are twelve good to great songs on this record.

The writing is awesome. The production is superb and I will l put this album with the classics that I have collected over the years.

Freedom And Whiskey, You boys from Kentucky rock!

James Stanley Howen