Sass O' Frass Tunic
Sass O’ Frass Tunic was another unusual Blonde Vinyl band that doesn’t quite fit under the alternative banner. Sass ‘O Frass Tunic was basically Fred T. Friend fronting Breakfast With Amy, singing blues music with a slight gospel twist. No hint of alternative at all, but still a very good album.

One of the few reviews of the album (by Cross Rhythms) had this to say: “Why, this is so packed with Southern grit you can almost see the steam rising off those mud-caked alligators. This set’s swarming with steamy blues, laced with traces of skiffle, soul and gospel sensibilities. Yep, the real stuff.”

Other than a few references comparing him to Sam Cooke, Robert Johnson, and BB King, there is very little information about Fred T. Friend online.

  Sass O' Frass Tunic
Sass O' Frass Tunic


Blonde Vinyl Releases

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Sass O’ Frass Tunic
BVCD3402 (1992)
Produced by Fred T. Friend with Dave Hackbarth

Fred T. Friend – vocals, background vocals
Davis Z. Koval – acoustic, electric, bass guitars
Paul David Pellegrin – drums and thumping
Greg Kemble – harmonica
David Michaels – Saxophone
Robert Gates – organ
Stephen K. Hindalong – percussion
Deborah Ann DeVore, Laura Musiuk – additional vocals

01) Which One Are You? 0:37 Almanza / Koval
02) Mr. Tumbleweed 2:22 Almanza / Koval
03) Jesus Lifted Me 1:16 Almanza / Koval
04) Stop Wha’cha Doin’ 3:51 Almanza / Koval
05) Don’t Walk On By 2:41 Almanza / Koval / Pellegrin
06) Will The Circle Be Unbroken 3:04 Staple Singers
07) Don’cha Be Afraid 2:48 Almanza / Koval
08) The Lord is A Well 5:11 Almanza / Koval
09) Love 3:38 [unknown]
10) Hounddog 3:14 Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller
11) My World Is Falling Down 3:25 Almanza / Koval

Other Information:
Features several members of Breakfast with Amy.


Sass O’ Frass Tunic Video: Don’t Walk On By


Older comments on “Sass O’ Frass Tunic

  1. K.Andrews on August 20, 2007 at 08:53 pm said:

    Awesome music, had it in the delivery room! Very inspirational.

  2. Jim Burk on January 16, 2008 at 08:58 pm said:

    This CD is fantastic. It’s a blues-based eclectic album. Definitely not run-of-the-mill in any respect.

  3. Sherman on April 05, 2009 at 07:13 am said:

    Great music! What happened to Fred T. Friend?


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