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Genres  Alternative country
Website  freakwater.net
Years active  1989–present
Genre  Alternative country
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Labels  Ameoba Records Thrill Jockey Bloodshot Records
Associated acts  Eleventh Dream Day Horses Ha Stump The Host
Past members  John Alexander Spiegel Dan Scanlon Peter Searcy Wink O'Bannon James Bond Matthew O'Bannon John Alexander Spiegel John Rice Brian Dunn Lisa Marsicek Bob Egan Max Konrad Johnston Joel Batty Brendan Burke John Nickels
Origin  Louisville, Kentucky, United States (1989)
Members  Catherine Irwin, Janet Beveridge Bean, Bob Egan
Albums  Scheherazade, Feels Like the Third Time, Old Paint, Dancing Under Water, End Time

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Freakwater is an American alternative country band from Louisville, Kentucky, with one co-founding member living in Chicago. Freakwater is known for the lead vocals of Janet Bean and Catherin Irwin, who mix harmony and melody in idiosyncratic dissonant country-folk that is reminiscent of the Carter Family.


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In 1989, Janet Beveridge Bean (of rock band Eleventh Dream Day) and Catherine Irwin founded the band, and they have been supported by several musicians since then, including members of Califone (2005 Thinking of You tour). Bassist David Wayne Gay, formerly of Stump The Host, is another long-time member of the band. They released their records on Chicago's Thrill Jockey label. From 2006 to 2013, Bean and Irwin worked on other projects. A reissue of 1993's Feels Like the Third Time as a 20-year anniversary restarted the duo playing together as Freakwater. In 2014, the band went out on the road, touring and playing the record as their main set.

Bloodshot Records

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In February 2016, Freakwater will release the record, Scheherazade, on Bloodshot Records. In advance of the full-length record—the duo's first record since 2005—Freakwater released a single called "The Asp And The Albatross".


  • The band makes an appearance in the 1994 cult road movie Half-cocked.
  • Albums

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  • 1989: Freakwater (Amoeba Records)
  • 1991: Dancing Under Water / Freakwater (Amoeba Records)
  • 1993: Feels Like the Third Time (Thrill Jockey)
  • 1995: Old Paint (Thrill Jockey)
  • 1995: June 6, 1994 (Glitterhouse Records)
  • 1997: Dancing Under Water LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
  • 1998: Springtime LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
  • 1999: End Time LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
  • 2005: Thinking of You... (Thrill Jockey)
  • 2016: Scheherazade (Bloodshot Records)
  • Singles

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  • 1990: "Your Goddamned Mouth" / "War Pigs" (1 1/4 York Records)
  • 1993: "My Old Drunk Friend" / "Kentucky" (Thrill Jockey)
  • 1995: "South of Cincinnati" / "Cut Me Out" (Thrill Jockey)
  • 1999: "Hellbound" / "Lorraine" (Thrill Jockey)
  • 2015: "The Asp & The Albatross" / "Fullerene" (Bloodshot Records)
  • Compilations

  • 1993: Keep On The Sunny Side: A Tribute to the Carter Family (Amoeba Records)
  • 1999: Alt.Country Exposed Roots (K-Tel Records)
  • Catherine Irwin solo

  • 2003: Cut Yourself A Switch (Thrill Jockey)
  • 2012: Little Heater (Thrill Jockey)
  • Janet Bean solo

  • 1992 Jesus Built A Ship To Sing To - Jeff Lescher & Janet Beveridge Bean (Megadisc)
  • 2004: Dragging Wonder Lake (Thrill Jockey)
  • Songs

    My Old Drunk FriendFeels Like the Third Time · 1993
    Cloak of FrogsEnd Time · 2011
    Louisville LipSpringtime · 1998


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