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Free Peoples

Free Peoples is riding the wave of its fresh new sound&346; The Bay Area group played an acoustic style of progressive bluegrass — or "newgrass" — on its first two albums. Now, with the release of a new CD titled "Sitting on a Goldmine," the group is plugged in.

"We went more electric on this album and added trombone," says Tim Sawyer, guitarist and vocalist for the band. "The new sound kind of brings out that New Orleans flair and Texas swing. We were playing at pubs that were just a little too noisy for the acoustic stuff."

Free Peoples will present jazz-tinged guitar rhythms and beats from 9 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford.

The five members of the group include Tim Sawyer, along with bassist Michael DiPirro, lead guitarist Johnny Downer, drummer James Foster and trombone player Jason Thor. Thor will be unable to perform at the gigs at 4 Daughters Irish Pub.

The group is touring the Northwest to promote its new album, and copies will be available at 4 Daughters.

"We play about 150 shows a year," Sawyer says. "We used to play the Osprey, the Siskiyou Pub and the Mobius. We received good responses to our music at those places, and Eric Alan at JPR has been supportive and given us air play on his show. We hope to play at Britt Festivals sometime soon."

Free Peoples' self-titled debut CD was released in 2002. A second CD, "It Is What It Is," was released in 2004.

Cover for the shows at 4 Daughters is free. Call 779-4455.

Free Peoples is touring the Northwest to promote its newest recording, “Sitting on a Goldmine.” - Jasoin Thors Camera