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Broke-Ass of the Week – Lee Ferris from Freddy and Francine

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I’m kinda hurting from last night’s Still Broke as Fuck party, so being clever just isn’t gonna happen for me today.  Instead I’ll let the press blurb explain a little about Lee’s band Freddy and Francine:

'œThe new king and queen of an emerging folksy funky countrified alternative hard-to-define music scene'' Freddy & Francine is the result of a multitude of late-night writing sessions between Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris. Drawing from influences like Ray LaMontagne, The Swell Season and The Rolling Stones, Freddy & Francine is building their story behind beautiful vocal harmonies, a solid writing style and a captivating live set.

Freddy & Francine will release their sophomore album, 'œThe Forest and The Sea', in the Fall of 2010. For more information, please visit


-Their song “Brownstone Alley” from their first full length record “The Briar Patch” was featured as TOP TUNE on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

-Freddy & Francine has new album “The Forest and The Sea” which will be released this Fall. A few tunes from the album can be heard on their myspace page.

-People can catch them for free in the Bay Area this Thursday and Saturday at the following shows:

Thursday 9/23: Emeryville Farmers Market 12-2PM
Saturday 9/25 Phat Beets Farmers Market in North Oakland 11AM-1PM

And without further ado:

Name: Lee Ferris

Age: 29

Occupation: Musician

What neighborhood do you live in?: Just moved from Silverlake (expensiveville) to Van Nuys…The glorious San Fernando Valley.

What are you listening to these days?: The final mixes of my band Freddy and Francine’s latest record, 'œThe Forest and The Sea.' Other than that Blake Mills, Dawes, Joe Pug, Sam Phillips, The Swell Season, Ryan Adams'

Best money saving tip: Well'each month when I get the money I need for rent I usually put it into my savings account and transfer it at the end of the month after I write my rent check. This way I don’t touch it, even if I need a meal.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Uh'freon for the AC in my car.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: Probably the ’87 Volvo station wagon I bought when I was living in Hawaii for a bit building guitars.

How’d that feel?: Horrible. I have buyer’s remorse about every purchase I have ever made. I hate spending money '˜cause I don’t have it.

Favorite cheap eat: Tacos Por Favor

Favorite dive bar: The Cinema

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: A guy I was giving guitar lessons to in Hawaii said that he and his wife had been praying a bunch and they felt that God wanted him to give me this amazing handmade Eastman archtop guitar'crazy!! Definitely, the best price for any instrument ever.

Favorite free thing to do: Write and perform music with Bianca Caruso my bandmate and best friend in Freddy and Francine. I also love to surf.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A trip around the world for at least a year.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Money has never really effected the quality of my life. I have always enjoyed the aspects of being human that are simple. Music makes me very content'a little cash wouldn’t hurt though 🙂

Do you own my book?: I had no idea you had a book! I’d love to read it.

Best hangover cure: Ocean. Sleep. Ocean. Sleep.

Are you a hipster?: Sure. Aren’t we all?

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