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by Jake Speed & the Freddies

Traditional and original American folk, country blues, ragtime, and bluegrass
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Marvelous You
3:34 $0.99
2. Leaving Cincinnati
3:19 $0.99
3. Tear it Down Rag
2:39 $0.99
4. First Street Fell
3:36 $0.99
5. Fare Thee Well
4:56 $0.99
6. Old Man Joe
3:03 $0.99
7. Ohio River Waltz
4:23 $0.99
8. Hard Times at My Door
3:12 $0.99
9. Poor Johnny
4:14 $0.99
10. Sitting on Top of the World
2:16 $0.99
11. Volvo Girl
4:38 $0.99
12. Streetvibes Rag
3:16 $0.99
13. Hard Times Come No More
3:09 $0.99
14. Song for Libba
2:58 $0.99
15. Talkin' F-Word Blues
9:08 $0.99
16. Ohio River Blues
5:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!" go the men, "Jake Speed & the Freddies have done it again!"

Hot on the trail of Speed's 2003 solo release, The Cincinnati Legends of Jeremiah Schmidt, the Freddies have leapt back to the future with Huzzah!. This album, complete with 15 original Cincinnati songs (and 1 Mississippi version of "Sittin' on Top of the World") slides into stores this November. The Freddies cover all the folk music bases with this album, sounding Ragtimey on "Tear It Down Rag," Jug Bandy on "Volvo Girl," Bluegrassy on "Hard Times at My Door," and Woody Guthrie on "Talkin' F-Word Blues." Speed rounded up a whole team of Freddies for Huzzah!, including local Bluegrass all stars, Katie Laur and Ed Cunningham. This field full of musicians gives Huzzah! a chance to cheer in so many different voices. One minute, you'll round third and head for home with "Old Man Joe," while the next minute you'll serenely sail along the banks with "Ohio River Waltz." You'll poke fun at politics with Speed on "First Street Fell," and then pray peacefully with him on "Fare Thee Well." Typewriters, Watering Cans, and Washboards strike up with the rest of the band's fiddles, guitars, banjos, basses, and harmonicas, making Huzzah! the most tossed around sound Jake Speed & the Freddies have struck so far.

While Huzzah! begins to slide into stores, Jake Speed and the Freddies begin to slip into various venues around Cincinnati. Sailing on the wings of their enormously short-lived hit cicada song, "Queen City Cicada" (released on a compilation entitled "17-Year Itch"), the band is busy buzzing around the city performing their new tunes with the same quick-witted charisma that still ropes in loyal fans of new and old generations alike. The Freddies' traditionalist approach has won them the respect of fellow musicians, music lovers, and even critics. The readers of CityBeat Magazine voted them Best Local Musicians in 2004. The listeners of WNKU FM 89.7 voted The Freddies' second album, Cincinnati Legends of Jeremiah. Schmidt, #29 of their Top 89 Albums of 2003. The band is a four-time winner of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award (2001, 2002, 2003, & 2004) for Best Folk Musician. They also won the 2002 CEA for Artist of the Year and Best Singer/Songwriter. Their winning of Best Folk Vocalist and Best Folk Band at the 2003 CAMMYs (Cincinnati Area Music Awards) put them on the definitive road of folk music in Cincinnati.

The Freddies' travels aboard the Cincinnati music scene have landed them many high profile shows, including opening sets for national acts such as Ralph Stanley, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Waybacks, and Jay Bennett (from the band, Wilco). Their monthly gigs at Arnold's, Northside Tavern, Jack Quinn's and Kaldi's have laid the tracks for a solid following of fans.

The musical conductors aboard the Freddies include Jake Speed, Kentucky Graham, Justin Todhunter, and Chris Werner. Jake sings, picks guitar, blows harmonica, buzzes kazoo, and kicks the beat on the washboard. Kentucky Graham plinkety plunks on the old five-string banjo. Justin Todhunter strums and picks on the tiniest of little old mandolins. Chris Werner pounds and thumps on the upright bass. Jake Speed & the Freddies make up boxcars full of original Cincinnati songs while reviving the music of legends like Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Elizabeth Cotten, and Jesse Fuller. The Freddies were born on the streets of Cincinnati where they performed their songs for tips and continue to believe "If you ain't good enough for the street corner, what are you good for?"



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Another great collection of songs!
You can't be in a bad mood after listening to this album. Jake Speed masters satire in songs like "Leavin' Cincinnati" and "Tear Down Rag", with superb lyrics and upbeat melodies. He addresses social issues without losing the lighthearted tone.

Jim Van Lieu

Funky, Bluegras, Hillbilly Protest Songs
A sometimes tongue in cheek statement on the life and times in Cincinnati.
You can tell that he lives here,and not off in New York,or somewhere like that.
Being from Hamilton,I enjoyed Old Man Joe.
Yet another great CD from Jake and the Freddies


I saw Jake Speed and the Freddies in February and then recently bought their CD. I love the songs and the variety of topics that are covered. Its a great CD to listen to when I need to relax or want to put a smile on my face. This will definitely be playing in my CD player for days and years to come!

Nick Hoffman

Great CD!
It's hard to find flaws in a cd this good! All songs are catchy, funny, and just downright creative. The integration of different instruments in this album lead to a very distinct sound. Great Job! I look foreward to more albums from Jake Speed and the Freddies!


Another great one by Jake and company
This album did not initially grab me as quickly as Jake's other CD did. That quickly changed over time though. I think the heavier influence towards a more bluegrass sound threw me at first when I was expecting more rag time centered music (as is the case with their other releases). It’s all still there, but just refined a bit. All in all, a damn fine album that you should add to your collection.

erin kew

made me homesick
I thoroughly enjoyed this album. I feel it was kept the same spirit as the other albums. If you are from the 'Nati or like old timey music, then it is a must have, especially if you are not there right now. Leavin Cincinnati was a great tune as well as Marvelous you, Volvo girl and talkin F-word blues. Thanks for the great album guys, I loved it!


Great first experience!
This is great CD, with a wonderful balance of local color and general material. You don't need to be from Cincy to enjoy this CD, especially if you passed by 8 different Walgreens on your way to work. I gave this CD to half my family for Christmas, and they love it too!


Love this album!
Great album! Fun, catchy tunes that tell stories.

Paul Jenkins

Another bouncy, enjoyable recording from Jake Speed, but there's more
This cd offers the usual selection of bouncy, up-tempo acoustic numbers from Jake and his excellent backing band. Importantly, Speed breaks new ground in two more slowly paced songs, the thoughtful and moving "Fare Thee Well" and "Poor Johnny", a duet with Cincinnati icon Katie Laur.