Audley Freed has seen his career highlight playing and recording a bestselling live album with Jimmy Page. Over the years he has focused his time and energy as a respected session artist supporting the likes of Joe Perry and The Dixie Chicks.
Southern guitarist and songwriter, Audley Freed first gained recognition when he formed the band Cry Of Love in 1989, which was subsequently signed to Columbia Records. Their debut album Brother impressed everyone and spawned two No. 1 and two Top Ten AOR hits, including ‘Peace Pipe’ that was named by Billboard as one of the ‘top 50 AOR songs of all time’. Following a second Columbia release in 1997, the band parted ways and Freed was free to join The Black Crowes on lead guitar. During his 3-year spell with The Black Crowes, Freed managed to tour the U.S., Europe and Asia, whilst also lending his talent to the recording of the album Lions. Freed proclaims that his “career highlight and life highlight” came when he at the turn of the millennium, together with the rest of the Crowes, shared the stage with Led Zeppelin guitarist and rock icon Jimmy Page. This collaboration was immortalized into rock & roll history through the recording of the double live album Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes: Live at the Greek that went on to reach Gold certification.
As an active and routined session player in Nashville, Freed truly managed to thrill audiences with his versatile range on the guitar. His projects as a guitarist and songwriter have included recordings with Gov′t Mule, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Job Cain, New Earth Mud, Joe Perry and The Dixie Chicks. Freed also joined the Dixie Chicks for their ‘Accidents and Accusations’ tour, then toured with Peter Frampton before joining Jakob Dylan′s band, the Gold Mountain Rebels, touring in support of Dylan′s solo album Seeing Things.
Freed's latest project has seen him reunite with Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and other notable musicians to form the group Trigger Hippy. Audley Freed is another musician who has been recommended TC Electronic gear by a friend and has been impressed by its flexibility. “When I plugged in the delay it sounded awesome! You can tweak it in a thousand ways” he says, as he talks about the Flashback Delay. TC had the pleasure of meeting Audley Freed and creating two unique TonePrints: the Slap Back for the Flashback Delay and the Leslie for the Shaker Vibrato.