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Freddie Rathbun

Freddie Rathbun

by Julie DeNeen

Freddie Rathbun is not your average bass player.  For one, despite playing since the age of 15, he’s sworn off basses for life. He’s also been known to bike to gigs with an enormous upright bass on his back.

He’s been playing with Sandy Connolly since 2008 when he helped her rock the house at her Country Tavern debut in Guilford.  You may have seen him in other bands like Off the Wall, Rocket 88, PS 32, and Radio Orange. He’s graduated from the old days of giant basses to playing the notorious “bass from space”, a way-too-cool stand-up KYDD.  Freddie is an unusual mix of talented steady rhythm and quirky creative pursuits; he’s even been known to build a bass on occasion.

Masterfully using every note, he is well-loved by his band members because of his “Punctuated rhythms and intuitive sense of groove.”  His solid, rhythmic bass lines helped local musician Ryan Baker, who asked Freddie to help him record his original material in Nashville Tennessee in 2009. They then landed the opportunity to play at the Hard Rock Café.