The 2019-20 Winter Wind Season closes March 8 with a concert featuring the pure voice and incredible emotional nuance of Dori Freeman.
Dori Freeman is a Virginia-based folk and country singer who writes emotionally honest songs about life, love, and heartache. Rolling Stone Country called her self titled 2016 album "a strong contender for Americana debut of the year” and included Freeman that year on their list of "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” NPR said "it's startling to hear such a fully formed singing and songwriting voice come out of nowhere."
Dori’s debut album came about when she sent a Facebook message to Teddy Thompson, who says that it took him "maybe 10 to 12 seconds to realize she's great.” He liked her music so much he decided to produce her debut album -- and her second and third albums as well. “I was drawn to this project initially by Dori's voice, which is purity itself,” Thompson says. “She sings from the heart with no affectation.”
"The purity of Dori Freeman's voice and the directness of her songwriting reflect not only her Appalachian hometown – Galax, Va. — but also a determined classicism, a rejection of the ways modern country punches itself up for radio and arenas” said The New York Times.
Dori is heavily influenced by traditional Appalachian music. Her father and grandfather both play music and their family owns the Front Porch Gallery and Frame Shop which is part of The Crooked Road, Virginia's heritage music trail. She has cited Peggy Lee and Rufus Wainwright as major influences as well.
Dori’s third album, Every Single Star, was released in September 2019. It blends the plaintive simplicity of her deep Appalachian roots with the bright, bubbly strains of Sixties pop. Whether sweetly romantic or tinged with melancholy, the cuts on Every Single Star burst forth with gorgeous melodies. Freeman sings in a seemingly-effortless but layered, sensual way, causing each word—and note—to take flight.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. Contributors include: Cindy Merrick - Therapy in Motion; Hugh & Keri Young; Skye Diers - Gingerbread Nursery School; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Tom McAuliffe - Don Cies; and The Montford Inn. Friends are: EB Dancer; Danna Primm; Bob Schlegel; Jennifer Bell & Curtis Ensler; and Lazy Circles Brewing.