Collapsible Plans, Tom Freund's fourth full-length album, puts his distinctive voice -- in terms of both his artistic identity and his evocative singing -- front-and-center. Produced by his longtime friend Ben Harper, and featuring piano and vocal contributions from Jackson Browne on two tracks, Collapsible Plans is Freund's most focused and fully realized recording to date, combining top-shelf musicianship with the strongest set of songs Freund has yet gathered on a single disc.
A 2006 summer tour with Harper helped rekindle the old friends' collaborative spirits, which led to Harper getting involved as producer of Collapsible Plans. "I've always been a fan of Tom's work, and I thought that I had something to bring to Tom sonically that was maybe a place he hadn't stepped into yet," Harper says.
A sought-out standup bassist, the talented, versatile Freund plays most of the stringed instruments as well as piano on his albums. He also receives support from some terrific musicians. Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright)and Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson, Blind Boys Of Alabama) share drum duties and X's D.J. Bonebrake plays the vibes. The Wallflowers' Ben Peeler provides some astounding electric and acoustic lap steel playing, while renowned producer/arranger Jerry Yester (Tom Waits) contributes string arrangements. On his debut record, North American Long Weekend Tom scored guest appearances by legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith and studio virtuoso Jon Brion.
Freund spent the mid-'90s touring with the indie rock cult faves The Silos. In 1998, he released his debut album North American Long Weekend on Red Ant/Mercury. The record received an avalanche of critical accolades, most notably in The New York Times in which Ann Powers called it an "unexpected gem" and ranked it #3 in her year-end best-of poll. 2001's Sympatico drew even more raves. No Depression proclaimed that Freund "captures slices of Americana in a way that many attempt, yet very few actually master." Freund also is a favorite of NPR's Weekend Edition and has been championed by Los Angeles' powerful KCRW-FM, where he performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Tom writes all his own material and his songs continue to be featured on such prime time TV shows as Las Vegas and One Tree Hill as well as such films as Charlie Bartlett and American Standard. Steven Spielberg's SHOAH Foundation also used three of Tom's compositions for their Giving Voice video. In 2001, he won a Telly Award for the music behind a National Public Service Announcement concerning child abuse.
He continues to tour North America and Europe playing with his band or doing solo shows. For updated information, check the websites listed below.