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Jason Frey '02 Returns "Home" as Member of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

October 21, 2010

87007October 21, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Jason Frey, a member of the horn section for major label recording act Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, "earned a degree in saxophone performance from DePauw University and had a successful run in bands after a move to Austin," notes a story in today's Lafayette Journal and Courier. Frey, a native of West Lafayette, is returning to that city for a concert tomorrow night.  He's a 2002 graduate of DePauw.

"I went to the Austin City Limits festival in 2002 and thought this was the city I need to be in," Frey says. "Austin has a really good feeling and there's so much music. I moved in January 2003 and was working coffee shops and juice bars and playing in as many bands as I could. I got to the point where I could be financially stable with music. And it's good music I'm actually playing ... It's a passion 87006thing. I found if you're passionate about playing music, you're going to be successful at it at some level."

Tim Brouk writes, "Frey joined the Honeybears about a year ago. The band is on Lost Highway Records/Universal Music and has toured with acts including Passion Pit and Spoon. Jim Eno, Spoon's drummer, produced the band's 2009 release Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! Frey joined the band after the recording of Tell 'Em but he is on the band's next release, due out in early 2011. He's toured across America and in Europe with the band that he calls 'rock 'n' roll.' Frey explained that many lump the band with neo soul acts like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings thanks to Lewis' love for James Brown but the frontman's lead guitar style is all blues. But his backup band has a '60s garage rock vibe. And then there's the horns."

"You have a real nice mix," Frey tells the newspaper.

You'll find the complete article at the Journal and Courier's website.

Learn more about Jason Frey in this previous story.

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