Free Range Strange is an organic, poly-rooted string quartet, comprised of four multi-instrumentalist song writers. Focusing on original material while infusing traditional folk, modern bluegrass, old time blues and country.
The group began in the spring of 2015 as a duo when founding members Timber and Sunnie Rae met and began writing and performing together. They recorded their first album, “Lucky” and took their music from Sarasota, Florida to Ashland, Oregon. With the dream of forming a full time touring band, they sought out like-minded musicians. In the new year of 2016 John Gospel joined, with Chase Holliday following year.
From the street corner to the main stage, Free Range Strange lives up to its name. They have shared the stage with a variety of artists, such as; John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra), The Main Squeeze, Under the Willow, and Brock Butler (Perpetual Groove). Additionally, they have performed at a number of private parties and music festivals, including: Wormtown Music Festival, Orange Blossom Jamboree, Hometeam New Years’ Rally, Lil’ Econ Love Fest, Great Outdoors Jam, and more.
Timber, a Kentucky-Fried Chicago native, whose songs are in plenty, with more perpetually on the way. He attributes his from-the-heart style partly to what he calls, “an education on the Road”. From hitchhiking to freight trains, Dead Tours and Rainbow Gatherings, it’s exactly what he got. A self-taught guitarist, Timber traveled for many years, writing songs along the way, honing his skills on guitar and mandolin. Free Range Strange is a very fitting outfit for his on the go life and honest musical preference.
Sunnie Rae from Sarasota, FL was raised in a music loving family, attending pickin’ circles, campfires, music festivals ever since she can remember. Taking piano lessons, music theory, and choir all throughout school she would direct her musical dream into a folk singer/musician picking up guitar and ukulele and focusing on songwriting. In the year 2013 she recorded a solo album “Sunnie Rae; First Release” featuring her brother (JT Click) on lead guitar. Aside from music, Sunnie brings out her crafty side, handmaking merch and artwork for the band.
John Gospel was born in Tampa, Florida into a musical family, getting his first tastes of jazz, blues, rock and roll, and classical music through his father who played piano in a number of bands. Coming from this background, he tried his hand at a number of different instruments, eventually settling on the guitar and banjo. He studied music theory and classical guitar performance at Blake High School for the Performing Arts in Tampa, and has been a dedicated musician, singer, and songwriter ever since, picking and singing his way through forty-two states in seven years before landing in Free Range Strange.
Chase Holliday is a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist, and song writer from West Virginia, who spent the last number of years traveling and spreading music solo. From comedian to sidewalk busker to campfire jam extraordinare, his love for music and travel eventually lead him down to FL where he met FRS and the rest was history.