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ALUMNI

Everyone who has ever played one whole gig with FreeWorld on any one instrument (not just sitting in for a tune or two, but the WHOLE gig - top to bottom), plus anyone who has recorded, engineered, &/or produced on any of our studio CDs (or live gigs), the list kept over the years currently consists of:

Guitar
Clint (Goodwin) Wagner
Vince Pratt
Chuck Sullivan
Calvin Newborn
Ed Finney
Brian Overstreet
Ross Rice
Richard Cushing
Bass
Richard Cushing
Donald Quisp
Richard Young
Ross Rice
Sax/Woodwinds
Herman Green
Robert Palmer
Kirk Smothers
Pat Register
Brian Crowne
Art Edmaiston
Mattias #1 *
Mattias #2 *
Mattias #3 *
Volker Schmidt *
Jeff Huddleston
Jeff Waldon
Josh Degges
Hope Clayburn
Damian Sanchez
Isaac Daniel
Clifton Brady
Steven Foster **
Sheik Rashid **
Scott Katzev
* In Germany
** New Orleans Evacuee
Trumpet
Willie Waldman
Phillip Joyner
Richard Boyington
Mickey Gregory
William “Nokie” Taylor
Steve Dolan
Rick Dolan
E.J. Dyce
Drums
Jimmy Ellis
Bo Harris
Chuck Fields
Robert Barnett
David Skypeck
Ross Rice
Jim Britt
William Floyd
Clifford "Pee Wee" Jackson, Jr.
Terry Saffold
 

Keys
Ross Rice
Phillip Joyner
Gerald Stephens
Parker Card
Russ Wheeler
Herman Green
Paul Brown
Archie Turner-Mitchell
Rick Steff

 

Trombone
Gerald Stephens
Prentice Wulff-Woesten

 

Other
Peter Hyrka - violin
Jason Latshaw - turntables
Richard Cushing - sitar/mandolin
Shaun Murphy - tuba
 

Spoken Word
Chris Baer
IQ

 

Percussion
Neil Wadlington
Doug Garrison
Chuck Fields
David Skypeck
Jonny O’Dell
Leopoldo “Rico Rumba” Lopez
Robert Barnett
Jim Britt
Richard Cushing
Steve Dolan
Prentice Wulff-Woesten
Ross Rice
Jack Holder

 

Group Percussion Circle
for "Diversity"

Lisa Harrison
Ashley Calliham
Clay Maddox
Joe Austin
Christy O’Neal
Leigh Williams
Kristy Fulks
Kevin Leahy

 

Producers
Dan Pfeiffer
Jim Gaines
Ross Rice
Kevin Houston
FreeWorld

 

Vocals
Jimmy Ellis
Richard Cushing
Ross Rice
Clint (Goodwin) Wagner
Pat Register
Chuck Sullivan
Adam Hatley
Melanie Jones
Zanne Leif
Klaudia Kroboth
William “Nokie” Taylor
Parker Card
Art Edmaiston
Russ Wheeler
Steve Dolan
Prentice Wulff-Woesten
Jackie Johnson
Herman Green
Hope Clayburn
James Govan
Damian Sanchez
E.J. Dyce
Scott Katzev

 

Group Vocals
for "Diversity"

Lori Cushing (+1)
David Skypeck
Brian Overstreet
Ashley Calliham
Lisa Harrison
Tara Doran
Mike “Free Tone” Smith (Smitty)
Chris Blaylock
Kevin Leahy
Faith Neenan
Gary Simmons
Damon Lewis
Monica Berkheimer
Matt “Havoc” Tipton
Ashley Wilemon
J.C. Youngblood
Joe Fry
David McGowan
John Coburn
Bryan Fraley

 

Engineers
Mike Kearney
Ronnie Kittel
Dave Aron
Alan Spindel
Dan Pfeiffer
Randy LeRoy
Jason Latshaw
Jim Gaines
Mike Iacopelli
Doug Easley
Davis McCain
Stuart Sykes
Posey Hedges
Kevin Houston
Ross Rice
Brad Blackwood
Richard Cushing
Joey “Pablo” Walker
Benji Hughes
Devan Yanik
Hunter Rosen
Archie Mitchell
Willie Mitchell

 

Artists
David Hall
John Lind
Nancy Apple
Alex Kohli
Steve Dolan
Randy Williams
Leslie Gilmer

 

  We have also performed or recorded with such notables as: Levon Helm, The Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, Richie Havens, The Meters, Merl Saunders, Timothy Leary, James Cotton, Willie Mitchell, Jim Gaines, Roland Janes, Mojo Buford, Ace Cannon, Ivan Neville, Hot Tuna, Blues Traveler, Jon Fishman & Page McConnell (Phish), Rob Wasserman, The Derek Trucks Band, The Radiators, JGB, The Grandmothers (formerly The Mothers of Invention), Stephen Perkins & Tony Franklin (Banyan), Los Lobos, John Blackwell (Prince), John Avila (Oingo Boingo), Eric Garcia (Bob Dylan), Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm, Chad Taylor (Live), Tomasito Cruz (Arturo Sandoval), Rolando Briceno, Alex Chilton, The Bar-Kays, Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Syl Johnson, Steve Cropper, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), ‘Jim Dandy’ Mangrum, George Porter Jr. & His Runnin' Pardners, Widespread Panic, Colonel Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Brian Stoltz, The North Mississippi All-Stars, Galactic, Drivin' & Cryin', Afroman, Big Ass Truck, Deep Banana Blackout, Shawn Lane, Phineas Jr. & Calvin Newborn, George Coleman, Samurai Celestial, Teenie Hodges, Astral Project, The Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Schwag, Robert Palmer, Jimmie Vaughan & Double Trouble, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Little Jimmy King, Sonny Burgess, Pete Pederson, The Cate Brothers, Todd Snider, Lonnie Shields, Kenny Neal, Rod Bland (son of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland), Devon Allman (son of Greg), Jimmy Pryor, Blind Willie Dineen, Eric Gales, Ana Popovic, Preston Shannon, Ross Rice, Billy Gibson, Jothan Callins, Inner Circle, & touring members of the Broadway musical productions of "Stomp", "The Phantom of the Opera", “Grease”, “Cats”, “Chicago” & "Hair".

What are we about?
Perhaps FreeWorld alum Jimmy Ellis put it best...

I WANT A FREE WORLD
James McKinley Ellis

When I was a young man, my life was at ease
I had the whole world for my eyes to see
I saw mountains and clouds, and clear blue skies
I was so happy just to be alive

Time kept going - it never did stop
One day on my head the world did drop
Clouds, clouds, clouds, clouds all deep and dark and gray
They pushed my clear - pushed my clear blue skies away

The peace & love that I always knew
Were gone from my crystal skies of blue
(You know what I said?!?)

I want a free, a free world
I want a free, freeeeeeeeee world
I want a free, a free world
And we are free, oh yes, this is Free- -- FreeWorld!

The rat race is picking up the pace
Pushing me all around the place
Call me a fool and tell me what to do
Spit in my face, make my dreams seem blue

But I know - I know I can see
There's a better life for you and me
Somewhere inside my head
All the peace and love does spread

I want a free, a free world
I want a free, freeeeeeeeee world
I want a free, a free world
And we are Free- -- FreeWorld!

The rat race is picking up the pace
Pushing me all around the place
Call me a fool, tell me what to do
But all my dreams I know they will come true

I got dreams just like you
They lie in those crystal skies of blue
And I know just what I see
The world I know is supposed to be free

I want a free, a free world
I want a free, freeeeeeeeee world
I want a free, a free world
And we are Free- -- FreeWorld!

FreeWorld - Somebody help me find it now!
FreeWorld - I gotta have it now!

Take away the pain
Baby, take the rain
That’s in my brain
Oh, I can’t complain

FreeWorld, FreeWorld, FreeWorld, FreeWorld..........