Dori Freeman is a remarkably gifted 24-year-old singer and songwriter from Grayson County, on the musically-rich Crooked Road. Dori comes from a family rooted in art and tradition. Her grandfather on her mom’s side, Willard Gayheart, is a locally-loved artist and guitar player; her paternal grandfather was an award winning flat-foot dancer and musician, and her father, Scott Freeman, is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor. While her style is eclectic, the influence of her Appalachian upbringing is at the core of her music—heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice. She sings with striking clarity, delivering each song carefully and earnestly.
Dori's style was shaped by American Roots music: bluegrass, rhythm and blues, and old country. Her early introduction to musicians like Doc Watson, the Louvin Brothers, and Peggy Lee have heavily influenced her modern yet timeless sound. Dori learned how to play the guitar at 15 and began writing her own material a few years later, citing Rufus Wainwright and his haunting melodies and achingly honest lyrics as the spark that inspired her first song. Heartache, unrequited and sometimes unconventional love are common muses for her melodies and lyrics. She released her self-titled album in February to much critical acclaim. Rolling Stone named her one of “10 new country artists you need to know” and in July called her self-titled album one of the “25 best country and Americana albums of 2016 so far.”