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Landis Frier, 25 years old and working for his dream like he knows he will own it.

Meeting Landis Frier one is immediately struck by his easy going nature and ‘good ol boy’ attitude.

When you spend a little bit of time with Landis, you are able to see that this man truly loves what he is doing. The wild eyed innocence and youthful exuberance is contagious and immediately spreads to everyone around him. Have you been in a room with Landis? In just 5 short minutes you will feel like he’s a good friend. Charisma like this is especially rare when tempered with a down to earth attitude that can completely take you off guard.

But Landis Frier is more than just a ‘nice guy’. Listening to his song “Look at Me”, you hear his youthful bravado and the intense desire to thumb his nose at his naysayers while moving on from the small town life of tailgates and one horse towns. One wonders how someone who seems so unassuming can write something so blatantly ego driven, yet still have such a down home attitude.

His down home nature comes through in his songs when he plays his solo acoustic sets. Listening to his song “Dirt Road”, we are reminded of the soul of country music. A somple theme of ‘going home again’ and ‘long dirt roads’ where you can be yourself, and more importantly find yourself and your relation to God.  This is genuine Country Music stripped down to its roots. A simple song for the common man who is looking for a safe harbor and someone to share it with.

Landis is determined to make his way in country music. He doesn’t think twice about playing an afternoon benefit concert for a family in need and them jumping in his car and driving 100 miles to play a paying gig later that night. Living in Nashville, playing gigs all over the southeast – he puts a lot of miles on his cars each week. Work ethic? He’s got that in spades!

"“Is raw talent, hard work and dedication enough to make it in today’s Country Music Industry?”"

— Albany Uncovered


http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2012/03/22/1982203/landis-frier-brings-country-tunes.html
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Landis Frier brings country tunes to Bootleggers

Posted: 12:00am on Mar 22, 2012; Modified: 10:42am on Mar 23, 2012

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer Albany, Ga., native Landis Frier brings his style of country music to downtown Columbus nightclub Bootleggers Friday and Saturday.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Landis Frier

    When: Friday and Saturday, doors open at 9 p.m.

    Where: Bootleggers, 1039 Broadway, Columbus

    Cost: Included in Friday's $10 bar crawl, Saturday's cover is $8

It started with three chords and an old guitar.

Now, Landis Frier’s musical journey spans a growing fan base and a stop this weekend at downtown Columbus nightclub Bootleggers.

The Albany, Ga., native performs at the hot spot Friday and Saturday. Expect a high-energy show that spans multiple musical genres. “I have a great appreciation for a lot of different musical genres and there aren’t too many I can’t put my own spin on,” Frier says in an online bio. He specializes in country music.

Given his upbringing, Frier’s passion for music isn’t too surprising. He grew up in a musical family and learned the aforementioned three chords from his grandfather. His mother bought him the old guitar.

Fast forward to performances at clubs and colleges throughout Georgia -- which ultimately led to Frier’s move to Nashville. He still lives there and is working on a new album of original tunes that will hopefully be released later this summer.

Frier has opened for acts like Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Craig Morgan and LoCash Cowboys. He’s also scheduled to perform in conjunction with the Best Ranger Competition next month.

“I know this journey will be a long ride but I’m ready and I’m sure that it will lead me to a life filled with music! I want to thank everyone that has shown support, believed in me and given me the motivation to pursue what I believe is my destiny...music,” Frier says on his website.

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Perfect Weather and Great Music
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Jake Owen, Landis Frier, Stephen Harrell and the Dusty Boots Band, and HWY 55 took the stage Saturday night at Sasser Flea Market.  Music filled the area for over 4 hours as concert goers flocked to the stage.

Sasser Flea Market was blessed with perfect weather on Saturday night.  Over 2500 local citizens turned out for what proved to be a fantastic show on a cool autumn evening.

HWY 55 started off the evening when they took the stage at 7pm.  Playing a full hour opening set these local favorites certainly got the show off to a great start.  Long lines at the entrances showed just how popular these opening acts would be, as everyone tried to get into the venue as early as possible, rather than waiting later in the evening to only come for the headliner acts.

Stephen Harrell and the Dusty Boots Band attacked the stage next. Stephen’s powerful vocals filled the night as he worked the stage with his fantastic lead guitar player. Serving up a set list with hard driving country music, Stephen Harrell got the revelers who packed the area in front of the stage dancing and grooving as he finished his set list with crowd favorite “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”

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Landis Frier was next up as the crowd hit capacity. Taking the stage with only one guitar player to back him, Landis again showed that his charisma can shine through and project even when not in an intimate setting. Giving us a taste of the new music from his upcoming second CD (look for it in the spring), Landis Frier certainly reached out and captured the crowd just prior to Jake Owen taking the stage.

Jake Owen hit the stage with his high energy act and never stopped until after the much demanded encore. His enormous light show lit up the night sky as the fog machines rolled out a backdrop for the lasers and colored floods that really set this performance apart from what concert goers are used to seeing here in Albany, GA.  One song after another went down perfectly as the night crept on.  Jake made the comment that he and his band really enjoyed getting out of the huge venues and playing in a field.  It showed as they really gave us their all.

A great night at the Sasser Flea Market!  When the weather co-operates this is truly a great place to go take in a concert!  I personally can’t wait to see what Delia has up her sleeve for us in the Spring of 2012!

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A typical July afternoon in south west Georgia. Typical of many of our days in the summer, by late afternoon the heat had become so intense, the humidity so high, that the sky had to shed some of its excess water.

Just before the scheduled showtime of 7pm on July 3rd, Sasser Flea Market was hit with a huge thunderstorm dumping several inches of rain while concert goers sat in their cars, waiting for the storm to pass so the concert could begin.

By 7:30 a reprieve from the rain had been granted and fans of Craig Morgan, Landis Frier and Stephen Harrel began pouring past the gate into what had become a steamy mud pit.  Those of us who had access to weather radar knew that the event wasn’t out of the woods yet.  It looked like only a short reprieve before more bad weather moved back into the area. Craig Morgan and his team tried their best to protect their gear, but it was reported that their sound board had gotten damaged during the storm. Rather than cancel the concert, Craig Morgan graciously offered to do an acoustic show inside the long, low laying barns that are normally host to flea market shoppers during the day.

Anxious to see a show, fans started making their way into the long building with their lawn chairs and coolers in tow. Not scheduled to be the opening act, but realizing the crowd had to be entertained as soon as possible, Landis Frier grabbed his six string and began singing his song “Dirt Road”. Dripping with sweat and with no electricity for amplifiers or a microphone, Landis did his best to entertain the crowd as Delia West (owner of the venue) and her staff scrambled to get extension cords and a PA system in place. After only a few songs, Landis’s friend and lead guitar player Carlos Barrientos  had found electricity for his small amplifier and a couple stools for the two of them to sit on.  As Carlos plugged in his Telecaster and a mic was put in front of Landis, the crowd was treated to a impromptu duet by two fantastic musicians.  With the sounds of amplified music coming from the low lying barn, more people started pouring in.

Never intended to house this many people, the heat inside the barn was almost unbearable as revelers began to pack in even closer and tighter as the evening went on.  Many more people choose to sit just outside the crowded barn and enjoy the music under dark skies that threatened to dump even more rain on the area.  As many ticket holders realized there was going to be no large outdoor show, a few were given rain checks for the next big concert event.  Most others decided to make the best of a difficult situation for all involved and these people were treated to a very special performance in exchange for their patience.

By the time Stephen Harrel took his turn in front of the crowd, a proper PA system and a few electric fans for the audience had been put into place by the hardworking team of security.  Carlos graciously agreed to sit in with Stephen as the crowd was treated to another country artist.  Stephen’s strong, powerful voice, that reminds me a lot of a young Hank Williams Jr, might have projected over the large crowd even without a microphone.  Powerfully sung ballads and fun straight ahead driving country party tunes kept the crowd entertained as the night worn on and the people packed into the barn even tighter.

As Craig Morgan took the stage, the crowd came to its feet in expectation of the headline act.  Seeing Craig Morgan in such an intimate setting, up close and personal, was something no one expected when they bought their tickets to this concert.  Craig took the opportunity to really interact with his fans and give them their dollars worth of a show. Watching Craig in a venue like this and seeing his country boy roots was almost like having this country music superstar over for a couple beers as he played in your garage.  I’m sure Craig was reminded of all the small honky tonks, tractor pulls and country fairs that he played as he clawed his way to Nashville and eventually to his place in country music history.  It came through in his genuine desire to be in front of these people, never mind the sweat running down his back or that the rain may have cost him a very expensive soundboard.  Craig was there to entertain and he gave it his all.

Every musician, every stagehand, every security guard worked as hard as possible to try to make the best of a very bad situation after the storm drenched the possibility of the scheduled outdoor concert.  The large number of fans who choose to stick it out were rewarded with a night they wont soon forget.  This was Delia West’s third attempt at a major concert on her property.  I certainly hope that this crazy night doesn’t dissuade her from continuing to help promote local artists by giving them a chance to have their music heard as they share the stage with some big names in country music.

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This Frier’s cookin’

One rule of thumb with any successful project is commitment and determination. If you are embarking on a career as a musician/songwriter, you had also better develop along the way, a thick skin and lose any aversion to hard work you may have. Being a performer may look like nothing but a good time, but ask Landis Frier and he will tell you that it requires all of the above, and keeps asking for more, if you want more. He does.

More than one year ago, yours truly interviewed Frier as he was just starting out. His gigs were small, in venues like Mellow Mushroom, playing while folks ate, drank, and socialized. Landis has gone from as simple a beginning as you can have, to becoming one of the area’s busiest performers. It’s been a non-stop train of sweat and creativity that has pulled him along, and he has no plans to disembark anytime soon. He has played at a number of locations here routinely, including One Trick Pony, and Bayou’s. He has opened for acts like, The Swinging Medallions, The Lovin’ Spoonful, and The Tams, at the Sasser Flea Market, which has become renowned in the area for bringing some well-known, nostalgic acts to their outdoor venue.

Each time Frier opened the night in Sasser, as soon as he came off stage, he loaded up and headed back to Albany to play another gig that same night. He may very well be a wordsmith when penning his music, but ask him what it’s like to be dashing all over southwest Georgia to get in front of as many folks as possible in a single evening, and he just sums it up with; “Crazy”, but he’s smiling as he says it.

Frier is not content to only be a very busy local act. He has put his soulful country sound on the road and it has taken him to among other places, Statesboro, Valdosta, Brunswick, Tallahassee, Atlanta, even Nashville; (Tennessee, not Georgia), and as far west as Colorado. I asked the 24 year old, what took him to Nashville, thinking it was a particular event or booking, but again, his one word answer revealed exactly where his head is at theses days; “Ambition.”

His casual, easy-going demeanor and laid back style will fool you. It’s only been a couple of years since Frier made the exciting but risky decision to set aside anything resembling a normal life, and put his efforts into the music. His first CD, a collection of original material simply titled “Landis Frier”, is rich in musical talent and passion. Songs like “Tennessee Woman” and “Dirt Roads”, offer up a sound that is both comfortable and unique. From the beginning, those locals that have known Landis for years, have been surprised by the gritty, older feel of his singing style. It’s clear that he not only puts his all into songwriting, but his performance, as well.

Just when you would think that he had hit a hard-earned stride as a solo act, Frier is just days away from playing live with a full band. “It’s going good.”, Frier said. ” I’ve got a good four piece band put together. I love playing acoustic, but I’m ready for that full band show.”

Soon joining Landis on stage will be Jack Martin on lead guitar, Tom Holloway on bass, and Michael Ladson on drums. Yet, even as this new group gets things put together and fine tuned, Frier is already thinking about making it six, with the addition of keyboard and steel guitar.

Landis has made full use of social networking to get the word out. “I get anywhere from 25 percent to 40 percent of my bookings off the internet”, he said.

You can keep up with him on Facebook, and catch a few songs and videos at his own site, www.landisfrier.com. He stressed though, that it’s still a matter working the phone and hitting the road to get in front of club and venue managers. “It’s a lot of running, a lot of gas money, a lot of holes in my socks because I’ve walked in these boots too far…”, said Frier, “…it’s a lot of beating down doors.”

Keep an ear out for this young man, but you won’t have to strain yourself because his sound is getting louder by the minute. The band is the next thing on the menu, and he is already four or five songs into his next CD. You can always count on Landis Frier to having something good cooking.

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Sasser shows booked

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

SASSER, Ga. -- When Dee West first talked about holding concerts at the Sasser Flea Market here, people in the area laughed. No self-respecting artist is going to come to Sasser to play music adjacent to a flea market, they reasoned.

Don't expect booking agents to return your calls, West was told.It's West, though, who is enjoying the last laugh, as her remarkable little venue has attracted a number of musical legends as well as some rising stars in the industry. And, about those booking agents?Well, they're calling West now.And the names are getting bigger and bigger."I'm trying to get what people want here," West said. "The younger folks, who are the ones who will get out and go to a show, want to see the younger acts, so I'm making an effort to get what they want."Kicking off the Sasser venue's summer season is rising country star Joe Nichols, who is scheduled to appear May 29.

"We're trying something new this summer, scheduling some Sunday shows," West said. "With some of these acts, a Sunday's about the only date they have open. When I found out Joe was willing to come here and play, I was definitely willing to try a Sunday show."Also scheduled for shows at the Sasser Flea Market are young country artists the Locash Cowboys on June 10, Craig Morgan on July 3 and Jake Owen on Oct. 29."We've had a lot of interest in some of the young country acts; in fact, these shows have generated more interest than any of the acts we've had before," West said. "We're planning to get one more big show in August and one in September, and we'll probably add some other shows in there, too."

Local artists Cole Taylor and Landis Frier, who was recently signed by BMI and has made a move to Nashville in pursuit of a country music dream much like fellow Southwest Georgia artists Luke Bryan, the Lost Trailers and Dallas Davidson, will open for Nichols on the 29th. That show kicks off at 2:30 p.m.

Frier and his band will also join Rin Palmer of Morgan at the June 10 Locash Cowboys show. The Worth County native, who was discovered by songwriting great Bobby Pinson, has been drawn into the whirlwind of the country music fast track, according to his "momagent" Leslie Hanks.

"Bobby Pinson saw something and heard something in Landis that he liked," Hanks said. "(Former Atlanta Brave) Ryan Klesko talked (Pinson) into watching Landis do an acoustic show at One Trick Pony (in Albany), and (Pinson) asked him afterward 'How soon can you move to Nashville?'

"Landis hasn't really gotten caught up in everything that's going on around him, but when he calls me and tells me about who he's doing stuff with I am just blown away."

West, meanwhile, said she loves giving young artists like Frier and Taylor opportunities to play with more established artists. And she also notes that each show has a large positive economic impact on the surrounding area."The folks at the (Albany) Convention and Visitors Bureau told me today that every man, woman and child who comes to one of our shows spends an average of $55 per person, and that doesn't include the cost of the ticket," she said. "And the people who spend the night spend an average of $103 per person.

"We can accommodate up to 5,000 people at our place, so that's a huge impact on the region."Tickets for the Nichols, Morgan and Owen shows are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. A dollar from each ticket sold for the Nichols concert will be donated to the Butterfly Kisses Special Needs Play Park in Leesburg.

Tickets for the Locash Cowboys show will be $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.

Children 12-under will be allowed to enter each show at no cost, and the Sasser site has a limited number of RV and tent sites available.

Food vendors will also be on site at each of the shows.



Landis Frier's Got The Good Times Going!

23 year old, Landis Frier spends a lot of time at Albany's Mellow Mushroom,
Loco's over in Tifton, and Mulligan's in Valdosta, and he wants to add
Tootsies in Panama City to his list of hangouts real soon. But Frier's not
showing up just for the food and beverage, or even the good company,
although he's appreciative. No, he is embarking on a personal adventure into
music that has a lot of people taking more than a passing notice.


Frier has been on this particular traveling circuit through Southwest
Georgia
for about a year and a half. He quickly went public with his one man

acoustic offering, having only taken up the guitar a little over two years
ago. You wouldn't know it to hear Frier take on some of the classic southern
rock songs
we've all grown up with. He plays with his own natural and casual

style, but it's clear that he's focused on getting the best out of himself
and his guitar.

If you know his musical history, it's not surprising. Frier has been playing
and singing since he was eight years old. His first instrument was drums,
playing all through school. He comes from a musical family which certainly
gives him a base of support and confidence that he's heading in the right
direction. "Both my grandfathers played the guitar", said Frier, "my dad
played bass, my uncle played, and my mom plays piano." Said Frier, "I just
happened to inherit it from both sides."

Early on he tried playing in a band a couple of times, but found that it was
difficult to keep the groups together enough to really get something going,
saying, "If they want to do it, they are going to do it, and if they don't,
they won't." Frier decided the best way to really get something going was to
go solo, and not look back. "I just love it. This is what I want to do."

Leslie Hanks, Internet Marketing Manager for WFXL and Landis' mom, says she
could tell at an early age, that music was going to play an important role
in his life. "I'm so proud when I hear him play, when I hear what others say
as he's playing." said Hanks. "When I see the look on his face as he plays
and sings, I know that he has found where he is supposed to be in this
life."

There's a practical side to Frier as well. He still does some landscaping
from time to time. Currently he is enrolled at Darton, getting his general
studies classes taken care of, and targeting for a degree in business
management
from UGA down the road. But Frier quickly adds, "It would be

great, if this turned into my business." If he does convert his passion into
his career, it will no doubt be attributable to his unique vocal style and
laid back approach to performing, but Frier is already working on the next
phase; recording his own songs.

With five songs written, and more in development, Frier is working hard to
have his first CD ready by the spring. Calling it, "a different type of
country music", Frier pulls from his own life, "I just observe and then
whatever I take in I write it in a song." Don't expect a lot of blues and
sad lyrics. "Most of the personal events are always good times." said Frier
with a little laugh. And why not? He's young and on a path of his own
choosing. Life is certainly going good for him, and that's something worth
singing about to be sure.

Lon McNeil
(See more works by Lon at (http://albanyonpoint.blogspot.com/)

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