Jamie Freeman fronts his band, The Jamie Freeman Agreement, described by Spiral Earth as “the UK’s very own Americana virtuosos”. With ‘100 Miles From Town’ they “set about defining English Americana” (according to FATEA) and achieved a whopping 4.5 stars from Maverick Magazine.
Testament to the quality of Jamie’s songwriting is the roster of names happy to lend themselves to the album; Mark Chadwick (executive producer), Larkin Poe, Brandy Zdan (Twilight Hotel), Good Lovelies, BJ Cole and Richard Smith all feature.
The band are signed to the label he and wife Stevie founded as part of Union Music Store, and have released two albums. In 2015 The Agreement backed Nashville singer Angaleena Presley on two shows, including the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival.
Jamie has been a musician and songwriter all his life. He is the brother of acting sensation Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) and spent time playing with late 80’s synth-popsters Frazier Chorus, led by another talented brother, Tim.
Americana music is Stevie Freeman’s passion and she was delighted to be invited to join the board of the Americana Music Association in 2013. She made it her mission to get the website up and running and to drive membership recruitment through social media outlets. In 2014 Stevie became Chair, and recently spearheaded the British contingent to the AMA festival in Nashville.
Stevie also drove the idea of the UK’s first Americana chart, and two years’ hard work has finally born fruit, with the Official Chart Company due to launch it later this month.
Having always been an entertainment and retail entrepreneur, Stevie decided to open Union Music Store with Jamie back in 2010. They had been making regular trips to Nashville and loved that almost all record shops and cafes had small stages – five years ago they came home with a plan to bring a touch of Nashville to Lewes. They soon started promoting regular gigs and weekly in-stores, the shop became a hub the local roots music scene. They now also have a small independent record label and recording studio, with 10 releases to date.