Freeman spent his adolescence in Dallas, Texas in the late 1950s and played
in a rock group called 'The Corals' while in high school. He went to college
in North Texas, and had a brief stay in Los Angeles, before relocating in
1970 to Austin, Texas. He was co-lead guitarist in the Cobras with
Stevie Ray Vaughan, then in 1972,
became a founding member of Southern Feeling, along with
W. C. Clark and
Angela Strehli. He later recorded with Lou Ann Barton. Freeman lived and
played with both Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan throughout the 1970s and
1980s. He played piano on Jimmie Vaughan's first solo tour, and on a James
Cotton album. At Antone's nightclub in the early 1980s, Freeman was a member
of the house band and backed Otis Rush,
Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells,
and Lazy Lester.
After touring with Jimmie Vaughan in the mid 1990s he toured with Taj Mahal
until 2002. A songwriter on his five mainly instrumental albums, Freeman
lived again in Los Angeles from 1992 until 2004. Freeman played with Bob
Dylan's backing band between 2005 and 2009. Dylan's album, Modern Times was
recorded with Dylan's then touring band, including Freeman, Tony Garnier,
George G Receli, Stu Kimball, plus multi-instrumentalist Donnie Herron.
During a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone,
Dylan spoke about his current band:
This is the best band I've ever been in, I've ever had, man for man. When
you play with guys a hundred times a year, you know what you can and can't
do, what they're good at, whether you want 'em there. It takes a long time
to find a band of individual players. Most bands are gangs. Whether it's a
metal group or pop rock, whatever, you get that gang mentality. But for
those of us who went back further, gangs were the mob. The gang was not what
anybody aspired to. On this record (Modern Times) I didn't have anybody to
teach. I got guys now in my band, they can whip up anything, they surprise
—Bob Dylan, August 2006, Rolling Stone
Clem Burke played the drums on Freeman's latest solo offering, Twang Bang
Freeman co-wrote 'Baboom/Mama Said' on the The Vaughan Brothers' 1990 album,
He played piano on Jimmie Vaughan's 1994 album, Strange Pleasure, and organ
on his 1998 follow-up, Out There.
He co-wrote 'Boom Boom in the Zoom Zoom Room' on Blondie's 1999 No Exit
Freeman played guitar on Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band's Grammy Award
winning live album, Shoutin' in Key (2000).
He played guitar on Percy Sledge's 2004 album, Shining Through the Rain, and
co-wrote with Fontaine Brown the song 'Love Come and Rescue Me'.
Freeman played guitar, organ and piano on Doyle Bramhall's 2007 album, Is It