He Said She Said
The musical genesis of Freely Bound occurred early one morning at 2 a.m. Evette Dutton had been a singer since she was eight, but had her dream deferred by missionary work in Argentina and a worry that she'd become a "soulless entertainer;" Joshua Dutton started classical violin lessons at 4-"a family tradition"-and was a member of the Branson, MO-based musical variety show - The Duttons. The couple had been married for about two years, and Evette was running sound for the Duttons' performances. She was feeling increasing frustration about the prospect of not being able to return to performing. That frustration compelled her to act: that night, she pulled a journal from a bedside table and shared it's contents with her husband. Inside, there were songs-some written as far back as fifth grade. Joshua had always encouraged his wife to participate in his process of making music, but now the little black journal opened up much more for the couple. Soon, Evette was writing every day, and the pair began to collaborate on their music. Their first effort-a song that she started and he helped her finish-was "Blinded By Your Silence" on their He Said, She Said album. "I realized at the moment we finished the song that not only could I make music with my wife, but really cool music-the type I like listening to," says Joshua. Freely Bound has a unique, collaborative method for creating their songs. "We come up with 'hooks' for our songs completely independently. I'll come to him with an almost finished song or a chorus and a basic melody and if he 'feels it' he'll get excited and we go into our 'race mode'," Evette says. "We both sit down with notebooks, we don't say anything to each other, and we each try to finish the song better and quicker than the other one." She says that every song they've done together has turned out better than it would have been if either had written the whole thing alone. The talented couple is focusing their attention on their music and the market. Joshua says that the biggest challenge is "getting people to care who you are enough to fork out the money to buy your CD;' Evette adds "it's finding our niche and helping them find us." In an indie market crowded with acts trying to break through the clutter, Freely Bound refreshes like a breath of brisk morning air. "We want the audience members to have fun; I want them to be inspired to get better at the thing they love to do so they can do it more," Evette says. "I want them to want to spend more time with the people that matter the most in their life."