Fredy Argir

Fred Argir
1975

Story

This track was recorded at the legendary Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the fall of 1974. I wrote the song upstairs in my O'Donnell Lake (Minnesota) house the previous year. I cut the original demo there and the musicians included Betsy Bernard (vocals), Michael Starkey (bass), Larry Schleppegrell (piano), James Lampley (tambourine), Mark Demillo (drums), and yours truly on vocals, guitar, and harmonica. And what a beautiful autumn that was.

The song became part of my Thistledew album, which was produced by George Hanson and Lonnie Knight and released in 1975 by Flashlight/Symposium. The studio band included Betsy (vocals), Lonnie (guitar and electric bass), Billy Peterson (acoustic bass), Mike Cass (steel), John Einwick (keyboard), Bill Berg (drums and percussion), and me on vocals and guitar. Mark Demillo (drums) and Frank Prout (bass) also played on a couple of tracks. With the great Paul Martinson at the board. Everyone loved Sound 80.

This was 100% North Woods music. It was my home and the music and lyrics were the product of living there. I had hoped to develop it into a genre but it wasn't to be. Still, the time I spent in the Minnesota woods was the best.

Fred Argir
1975

Story

Here's one more song from Thistledew. This is the album version of "Sugarcane," which clocks in at 4:29.  The single (that's a 45 rpm vinyl record for you youngsters) was dramatically edited to 2:12 to conform to the AM radio formats of the day. Long story.

Fredy Argir
2001

Story

This is "The Silver Dollar Coup of 1979" which is another track from my One Man Dancing album.

The poem is from my book of Language poems titled Blackhawk Manuscript. I love doing this stuff live as much as anything I do.

Fredy Argir
2009

Story

Here's a track from my Last Time Around album, which I cut in my own (Lake 505) studio in 2009. The band included Brad Mock on bass, Linda Mock on sax, Chip Martin on rhythm guitar, Ronnie Green on drums, and Francis McGrath on keyboards. I wrote the song, sang it, and played the guitars and dulcimer. Chet Himes mixed it, and he and I produced.

Fredy Argir
2009

Story

Here's one more from my Last Time Around album, with the same personnel as listed above for "Never Blue."

I've always been attracted to New Orleans (the city) and although it has a load of problems in a lot of areas right now (while it continues to recover from Katrina), the character of the city remains alive and well. And positive. The way I see it, it's a matter of due diligence from here.

Fredy Argir
2012

Story

This is not a commercial recording. I cut it in my studio and it was a bit of an experiment. The verses are from a song titled "I Guess It Never Mattered Anyway" from my Not Yet Home album that I cut in 1968. The chorus I wrote when I recorded the song in 2012. The two parts came together to form something completely different; a third entity, if you will. I produced, sang, and played all the instruments on this demo, so I have no one to blame but myself...

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