Bullet Backstory with Dori Freeman


Dori Freeman will be performing on the Tennessee Shines Radio Show with host Paige Travis. The show will be held on September 21st at 7 p.m. Raised in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia among a family of musicians, Dori Freeman says she is forever marked by her rural upbringing but also wants to bring a contemporary stamp to her music. “There’s something about seeing two completely contrary things together that I’ve always been really attracted to,” Freeman says. “The sound definitely centers around juxtaposition for me.” Her remarkable and genuine voice brings heart and soul to the songs on her self-titled debut record, produced by Teddy Thompson.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $7 plus applicable fees in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or $10 at the door starting at 6 p.m.

Listen online at http://wdvx.com/listen-live/

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Dori herself. She was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Dori!

  • Biggest musical influences? Rufus Wainwright, Linda Ronstadt, lots of old Country music, Peggy Lee
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I always day dreamed about pursuing music, but didn’t commit to it until I was in my early twenties and realized that music was the thing I really loved and the thing at which I excelled most. I’d say the biggest thing that helped me decide to pursue it was a gradual growth in my confidence over the last few years – believing I could be successful.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? The best advice I would give to young musicians – as oft quoted as it is – would be to be yourself! Don’t try to impress or satisfy anyone or anything. Your talent will show if you bring nothing but yourself and your talent to your performance. The audience will recognize your authenticity.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting Knoxville a few times, but I do love Maker’s Donuts and the Pioneer House of Letterpress and Design.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? If I could work with any musician it would be Rufus Wainwright. He’s one of my biggest and earliest influences and I’m enamored of his songwriting and especially his voice.