Bio

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Free Range Strange approaches folk music with a fashion their own. The group blossomed from the fierce duo and power couple, Timber and Sunnie Rae in 2015. Since then, they have teamed up with top-notch musicians and road warriors, bringing you a plethora of original songs and adding color to timeless hits.

FRS has hooted, heckled and howled far and wide to bring you their heart-felt brand of Ruckus, and travel they will still. Playing venues and festivals nationwide, they have shared bills and stages with heavyweights like John Kadlecik, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Keller Williams, The Grass Is Dead and many more!

Hard-hitting, passionate original music and classic covers, pulling from all eras of music, gives their shows a pulsing energy, leaving you with that ‘StRaNgE’ familiar feeling.

 

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Timber (guitar, mandolin, vocals)

Timber is a rare bird, with unique, original songs in plenty and more perpetually on the way. He attributes his from-the-heart style to what he calls, “an education on the road.” From hitchhiking to hopping freight trains, following Dead tours and attending Rainbow Gatherings, that’s exactly what he got. A highly skilled self-taught guitarist, Timber traveled for many years, writing songs along the way, honing his skills on guitar and mandolin and collecting the experiences that became the inspiration for his song-craft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunnie Rae (ukulele, guitar, vocals)
Sunnie Rae (ukulele, guitar, vocals)

Sunnie Rae from Sarasota, FL was raised in a music loving family, attending pickin’ circles, campfire jams and music festivals since she could walk. Taking piano lessons, music theory, and choir all throughout school, she chose to direct her musical dreams into the folk world. Picking up guitar and ukulele while focusing on traveling and songwriting, Sunnie has become the cultivated singer/songwriter. In the year 2013 she recorded her debut solo album “Sunnie Rae; First Release” featuring her brother (JT Click) on lead guitar. Aside from music, Sunnie brings out her crafty side, hand-making merch and artwork for their band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Gospel (banjo, guitar, vocals)
John Gospel (banjo, guitar, vocals)

John Gospel has been playing music for as long as he can remember.  Born in Tampa, Florida and raised in a musical family, he learned his first piano chords at five years old from his dad, a professional jazz piano player.  From there, he moved to drums, then guitar, playing in rock and roll bands and also attending Blake High School for the Performing Arts and majoring in music performance.  Since then, he has continued playing, focusing on folk and American roots music, traveling the United States, picking up the banjo, and performing both as a solo artist and in a variety of bands.

 

 

 

 

 

Bud Greene (fiddle)
Bud Greene (fiddle)

Fiddler Bud Greene grew up in his home state of Virginia, listening to the Beatles and the rich psychedelic music of the progressive rock bands of the 1970’s. He attributes his transformation into a folk musician to The Grateful Dead. It was through the myriad genre-breaking styles played by the Dead and Jerry Garcia in his solo work that Bud came to know and love the traditional styles of American Folk and Bluegrass styles. He picked up a fiddle and soon found himself living in Florida. He began cutting his musical teeth around the campfires of the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park and at other musical gatherings all around the state. It was one of these events that Bud first met Timber and Sunnie Rae and their musical collaboration continue to this day.

 

 

 

 

Nilu Jimenez-Ross (upright bass)
Nilu Jimenez-Ross (upright bass)

Nilu is a solid and steady upright bassist with an Americana, bluegrass, and folk background. Musical influences include The Grateful Dead, Donna the Buffalo, The Avett Brothers, and The Wood Brothers. Aside from playing in Tampa Bay area bands, Jenu Six and The Old Souls, Noah Broe Band, and The Buskrats, Nilu is known for her free-style dancing. She takes that physical interpretation of music and connects it to her bass playing, using her body as a metronome, creates a performance that is an auditory and visual delight.