The Free Press sound was largely developed in the Western Addition and Tenderloin neighborhoods of San Francisco. Specifically in the Cadillac Hotel, run by the Loopers of Reality House West.
The Looper family members are instrumental in affordable housing preservation efforts for very low-income communities in the Tenderloin and beyond.
They created a model for supportive housing many human/housing rights activists and non-profits follow today. This model benefits my friends, residents of the Cadillac,
whom are the subjects of songs from this EP, “The House of Welcome.”
The EP includes “Reality House” about Mary, a formerly homeless trans resident, who uses her wisdom to save many of her fellow community members with Narcan.
“Near Avalon” is about the search for heroes, and their places of rest.
Some found a home at the Cadillac.
This EP is dedicated to my mentor, Kathy Looper, the Looper family,
and all the Cadillac Hotel residents, including: Mary, Gayle, and Teody.
Special thanks to the Free Press Music Musicians:
Christie Aida, vocals/songwriter
Dave Mihaly, percussion/guitar/composer/songwriter (BMI Dapami Music)
Billy White, Keys/melodica/musical direction
Alex Spoto, violin
Kai Lyons, Guitar/Bass
Mena Ramos, bata/percussion
David Boyce, soprano/alto saxophone
Christelle Durandy- vocal instruction
Arielle Flinkman -recording and Danielle Goldsmith- mixing at Women’s Audio Mission
Keith Yancsurak- producer
Jessica Thompson- mastering
the Cadillac Hotel, Bird and Beckett, the SF Library
and Dave Mihaly, for his original compositions
and musical guidance.
For more information see our website: www.thefreepressmusic.com