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Frederick Ingram / Press

“Frederick Ingram holds a special affinity for the Mountain Empire. He lived in Johnson City briefly in the mid 1990s, and this is where a passion for music was rekindled, with acoustic culture. “There were instruments everywhere. I was captivated by guitars themselves, not just the songs,” he says. “The romance of wood and steel took hold.” An English major in college, Ingram calls himself “A Bard for Our Time,” and says he treats his songs like literature. “There is a space here, in the various flavors of popular music, with the potential to be exploited by poets. I’m going to write the richest language I can. It ain’t always an easy sell,” he says, but points to literate pop stars such as Sting and Peter Gabriel, as well as the traditional balladeer, as role models. Another basis of inspiration for his craft is the natural world, which surfaces throughout his material.”

"Frederick Ingram attended a George Harrison documentary screening that inspired him to learn how to play ukulele, he said. Ingram later performed a song on it at a Tiki-themed show at Conundrum."

“Frederick Ingram of SC sang a mix of songs — coupling an original shipwreck tune that featured plastic Palmolive bottles — with pop — a rendition of “Message in a Bottle.” He ended with “Firework” a Katy Perry hit. Which it was with the audience on the other side of the King St porch.”

"Easygoing folk-rock experimenter ..."

"... earnestness that diffuses cynical derision"

“Frederick Ingram’s proletarian folk is unstudied and sincere, and his Elements EP plays, at times, like a lo-fi Kate Bush or less pedantic Peter Gabriel. “Ephemery,” in particular, is indebted to off-kilter ’80s pop, its chorus-heavy guitar copping Andy Summers’ tone circa Synchronicity, its insistent bass throb and sparse synthesized drums bringing to mind yacht rock’s blown spume and flung spray.”

“So great ... really dreamy and atmospheric.”

“I suggest checking his music out!”

“Worth getting out of my jammies for.”

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"The Mount Everest of Folk Rock"

“One the most unique, most original songwriters I’ve ever known, and an exceptional and disciplined guitarist as well.”