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Fred J. Eaglesmith

Caistor Station, Ontario

Frederick John Elgersma (born July 9, 1957), known by the stage name Fred Eaglesmith, is an alternative country singer-songwriterfrom Caistor Centre, Ontario. He is known for writing songs about vehicles, rural life, down-and-out characters, lost love and quirky rural folk. His songwriting uses techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators, surprise endings, and plot twists.  Eaglesmith has formed the bands The Smokin' Losers, The Flying Squirrels and The Flathead Noodlers, switching the name to represent different styles of music. The Flathead Noodlers play bluegrass, while the Flying Squirrels play more folk and rock. His first self-titled album was released in 1980.  In addition to his own albums, he frequently collaborated with the late Willie P. Bennett, a former member of Eaglesmith's band, who stepped down after a heart attack in early 2007. Eaglesmith publishes his own records.  - Wikipedia



Associated Acts


Willie P. Bennett, The Flying Squirrels, The Flathead Noodlers


Years Active


1980 - present



Cigarette Machine

Crashin' and Burnin'

Wilder Than Her



Current members

Fred J. Eaglesmith – guitars, vocals

Tiffani Ginn – vocals, accordion, guitar, melodica, mandolin, ukelele, stand up bass, percussion

Former members

Willie P. Bennett – mandolin, harmonica, vocals, David Essig – mandolin, guitar, Kevin Komatsu – drums

Roger Marin, Jr. – pedal steel, guitar, vocals, Ralph Schipper – bass, Jude Waldman – drums

Dan Walsh – dobro, guitar, vocals, Skip Wamsteeker – drums, Washboard Hank – washboard, dobro

Darcy Yates – bass, Luke Stackhouse – bass, vocals, Brit Ginn – vocals, flute

Mike Zinger – mandolin, Bruce Aitken – drums

Music & Merch

Fred J. Eaglesmith - 1980

The Boy That Just Went Wrong - 1983

Indiana Road - 1987

There Ain't No Easy Road - 1991

Things Is Changin' - 1993

From The Paradise Motel - 1994

Drive-In Movie - 1996

Lipstick, Lies & Gasoline - 1997

Fifty Odd Dollars - 1999

Ralph's Last Show - 2001

Falling Stars and Broken Hearts - 2002

The Official Bootleg Series Vol. 1 - 2002

Balin' - 2003

Dusty - 2004

The Official Bootleg Series Vol. 2 - 2004

Milly's Café - 2006

Tinderbox - 2008

Cha Cha Cha - 2010

6 Volts - 2011

Tambourine - 2013

Standard - 2017

The Official Bootleg Series Vol. 1 - 2002

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