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Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful, no-nonsense guitar work" continues to share his feeling for the blues wherever he can.

Steve has appeared on over 50 albums and produced seven. In October 2017, he was part of an upcoming Delmark recording called Back To Chicago by the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band. It is slated for release in March 2018. Steve's most recent solo recording, Come On In This House received a great deal of critical acclaim when released in 2014. His third studio album, Lonesome Flight was released by 9 Below Productions in 2010 and included nine original songs along with four blues classics. He also has two solo records released on the historic Delmark label, C For Chicago, and I’ll Be Your Mule. Steve also played on Koko Taylor’s Grammy winning Blues Explosion.

Steve began his career in Chicago as a second guitar behind Hubert Sumlin, Lee Jackson, Homesick James, Louis Myers, and many others. He spent two years working with Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones, learning the deep blues and the idiosyncrasies that are part of the art. In 1978, he became Sunnyland Slim's main guitarist, playing just about every gig with the piano legend until the time of his death. Freund became the consummate piano accompanist working with Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Walker, Henry Gray, Erwin Helfer and many more. He also spent nine years working with harmonica legend James Cotton.

Freund's dedication and knowledge of the blues earned him the opportunity to teach accredited courses at Chicago's Columbia College in 1993-94.

He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1990’s. He plays regularly at The Saloon in San Francisco, Red Brick in Petaluma and Armando's in Martinez. He also tours nationally and internationally. He can also be seen opening shows for Boz Scaggs.

Steve will be appearing at the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival with the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band.

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