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Andy Fraser Bass Guitar Goes on Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
March 9, 2010
Nashville, TN (March 9, 2010) – Rock icon, Andy Fraser, bass player and founding member of the seminal rock band FREE, and writer of their mega-hit “All Right Now,” is pleased to learn that one of his bass guitars will go on exhibit this week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio.
"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has become a premier institution in the music industry, long appreciated for its sense of giving and recognition,” states Fraser. “It is humbling that they honor me by the introduction of this classic instrument into their museum - and I thank them.”
James D. Henke, VP Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs for the museum says to Fraser, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would personally like to thank you for your generosity. Your donation will help us further develop the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s permanent collections.”
According to Fraser, the bass which he recently donated is a “one of a kind,” specifically made for him by Z-Guitars, an innovative UK custom guitar builder. “This bass enabled me to integrate my early style from the days of FREE to the way I play today.”
Fraser recorded with the bass on his latest release, “This Is The Big One,” a powerful song and video about global warming and resulting catastrophic climate change. It is the first single from his forthcoming album, Andy Fraser…On Assignment.”
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs. http://www.rockhall.com/
About Andy Fraser:
Andy Fraser has a unique place in the canon of rock ‘n’ roll. In the late 1960’s, under the tutelage of Alexis Korner and John Mayall - both “Godfather’s” of the British blues scene - Fraser, a classically trained pianist, revolutionized the art of bass playing by harnessing the raw energy of the blues, re-energizing it with a hard rock edge for a new generation of listeners.
As a founding member of Free, Fraser helped to draft the blueprint for - and was one of the chief architects of - the blues-rock style that spawned the likes of Led Zeppelin, Foreigner and Aerosmith. With Free, Fraser wrote and produced some of their most groundbreaking and best-loved songs, including the worldwide hit, “All Right Now,” recently honored with BMI’s “Million-Air” award for passing 3 million radio/television plays in the U.S., making it one of the most enduring classics of the rock ‘n roll era.
A tireless creator and a perfectionist with an eye and ear for detail, Fraser has written a substantial body of works including Robert Palmer’s smash hit, “Every Kinda People.” His songs have been recorded by Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Three Dog Night, Etta James and Bob Seger among others. Fraser has also helmed several post-Free bands - notably Shark and the Andy Fraser Band - and has released several solo works, including the albums, Fine, Fine Line and Naked…and Finally Free.
A survivor of both cancer and AIDS, Fraser is a strong environmental and social activist, and defender of individual human rights.
Andy Fraser video for “This is the Big One” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63qIoGpnrl8
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Radio programmers may download an airplay quality copy of “This is the Big One” via AirPlay Direct at: http://airplaydirect.com/music/andyfraser/
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