Galax, Virginia’s Dori Freeman comes from a family rooted in art and tradition. Her grandfather is an artist and guitar player, and her father, a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor. While her style subscribes to no one genre, the influence of her Appalachian upbringing lies at the core of her music – heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice.
She sings without affect and with striking clarity, delivering each song carefully and earnestly. Her early introduction to musicians like Doc Watson, The Louvin Brothers, and Peggy Lee have heavily influenced her modern yet timeless sound. Dori’s songs often center on heartache and pining; unrequited and sometimes unconventional love are common muses for her melodies and lyrics.
The twenty-four-year-old Freeman brought her songs to Beehive Productions in Saranac Lake, New York for a few intimate performances and to talk about collaborating with Teddy Thompson on her debut self-titled album, released in February of 2016.