Freakwater has always been fronted by Janet Beveridge Bean and Catherine Irwin. They produce raw and aching harmonies that one can never forget. In a world of cookie cutter pop songs and predictable country, Freakwater is a breathtaking alternative. Often tossed in the alt-country pile, they are much more.
Their lyrics seem straight forward, but they often have a undercurrent of pain like salty chips on a cut lip. And then, so funny and poignant one cannot help but smile. The writer Chris Parker might have written the best description of the band (damn, I wish I had written this.)
"Freakwater is a 27-year-old Chicago-by-way-of-Louisville, Ky., combo founded by singer/guitarists Janet Beveridge Bean and Catherine Irwin, whose vocals intertwine like vines climbing a country-folk trellis in the Carter Family's backyard."Well that is exactly what they sound like. Actually, it is the old Carter family, channeling Maybelle and Sara into snarky, wicked lyrics.