Fred Hostetler

Biodata

Fred Hostetler — singer, songwriter, musician, producer

(affiliated with ASCAP)

 

     Fred Hostetler has been a blue spruce in a forest of music sequoias, journeying through blues, folk and the rock era cycling through many aspects of the music business and playing a supporting role to other musicians. He has worked with Jeff Beck, Billy Squier, Graham Parker, Johnny Winters, The Knack, been on stage with Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Jeff Healy, and recorded with the Grammy winning producer Jack Douglas. For 9 years he was the manager, rhythm guitarist, and co-writer for the popular southern California blues band Blue By Nature with Karen Lawrence and Rick Dufay formerly of Aerosmith. Transitioning to his move to India he entertained in hospitals and senior centers with 'Fred's Folk and Blues Revival', a solo acoustic set of old-time music, 50's favorites and blues, all filled with plenty of fun, finger-picking, strumming and banter.

     After 15 years of voluntary service in an ashram in Tamil Nadu, India, Fred returns to the USA. 'Heart Radio' marks his first solo effort. The eight song CD is a genre-jumping romp of all original tunes, recorded and produced in the spartan seclusion of rural India and an island in the Pacific Northwest. The tracks reflect the threads of his years abroad and in the 'swamplands'.

     Heart Radio is all about introspection and self examination while walking the inner path of self discovery in the outer world. Hiding beneath the 'genre jumping' tunes on this CD is a unity that holds its diversity gracefully together like different colored beads attractively strung on the same thread. To catch just a glimpse of this underlying unity is to experience totality in a split second. The beads themselves are glimpses into an unfolding life, moments in time given form and permanence through feelings. It is the artist's desire that any who listens, will receive a glimmer of the sustaining light.

 

Discography

 1966       Backdoor Men -Fujimo Records: single - artist, musician

 1967       Colours - Dot Records (as Bass player prior to album release)

 1974       Jonathan Dawson Winters III (1974) Backing vocals 'Raised on Rock', Columbia Records

 1975       Toys in Attic - Aerosmith - Columbia Records - percussion

 1975       Artful Dodger - Columbia Records - Backing vocals

 1977       Lance -Max's Kansas City Vol.II  artist, writer, musician

 1979       Harlequin - Victim of Song (1979) Epic Records 'Who Knows What a Love Can Do? (songwriter)

 1979       1994: Please Standby - A&M Records - songwriter,

 1980       Billy Squier - Tale of the Tape (1980) - Capital Records 'Who Knows What a Love Can Do? (songwriter)

 1981       The Knack - Round Trip 'Pay The Devil', Capitol Records (1981) backing vocals

 1981       Karen Lawrence and the Pinz - Girls Night Out (1981) RCA Afl1 4006- artist, writer, musician

 1982       Women In Rock - Label: RCA Victor ‎– PL 37571 France Vinyl LP-Compilation- Girls Night Out

 1982       Another Grey Area - 1982 album by Graham Parker - Arista Records (his first solo album)

                                           Jack Douglas Producer/percussion; Eric Troyer, Fred Hostetler – backing vocals.

 1985      Jeff Beck And Rod Stewart single - People Get Ready/Back on the Street (co-writer P. Hostetler) EPIC 1985

 1985       Jeff Beck - Flash - Back on the Street EPIC 1985 (co-writer) and Beckology (box set).

 1986       Karen Lawrence - Rip and Tear (1986) Revolver REVLP 75 - artist, writer, musician

 1989       Heavy Metal Forever! - The Ultimate Collection FM Records 1989  'What A Lovely Way To Go' (writer, vocals, guitars, co-producer)

 1995       Blues By Nature - Blue to the Bone (1995) SRD 8, Shattered 9(Hostel) - artist, writer, co producer, musician

 1998       Blue By Nature - Live at the Lake (1998) Hostel 55 - artist, writer, producer, musician

 2000       Blue By Nature - Hard Daze (2000) Hostel 57 - artist, writer, producer, muscian

 2006       Vasantha Sai Mantra - Mukthiland Records - India (producer, engineer, writer, artist, musician)

 2011       Vasanthamayam - Mukthiland Records - India (producer, engineer, writer, artist, musician)

 2017       Heart Radio - Mukthiland Records - artist, writer, producer, musician

 

 Film Music Credits:

1985       Perfect - John Travolta & Jaime Lee Curtis - song: 'When the Lights go Down' Karen Lawrence/Fred Hostetler.                   writer,vocals, musician, producer       

             Wave Warriors - 'What a Lovely Way to Go' and 'Out of the Blue' Astrodek stars of surfing film. Musician, writer, co-producer.

             Soultaker - A film by Michael Rissi  1999: 'What a Lovely Way to Go' By Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler  Copyright 1986 Girls Night Out Music, BMI/Hostel Music, ASCAP

             Up Against Amanda - 2000 movie by Michael Rissi, "I Couldn't Help But Love You," Karen Lawrence/ Fred Hostetler - featured over the end credits of the movie.

                Original songs in the movie:

"Blue By Nature" Written by Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler

                Copyright 1995, Girls Night Out, BMI/Hostel Music , ASCAP"

"Goodbye Mr. Jones" Written by Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler

                Copyright 1995, Girls Night Out, BMI/Hostel Music , ASCAP"

"One of These Days"  Written by Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler

                Copyright 1995, Girls Night Out, BMI/Hostel Music, ASCAP"

"I Couldn't Help But Love You" Written by Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler

                Copyright 2000, Girls Night Out, BMI/Hostel Music, ASCAP"

"Hard Lesson" Written by Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler

                Copyright 2000, Girls Night Out, BMI/Hostel Music, ASCAP"

 "Love Me All Night"   Written by Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler

                Copyright 2000, Girls Night Out, BMI/Hostel Music, ASCAP"

 'Somewhere in Paradise' By Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler

                Copyright 1990 Girls Night Out Music, BMI/Hostel Music, ASCAP

 

Guitar Technician, and Sound and Lights:

1978       Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush - Touring guitar tech

1978-9  1994: Band signed to A&M Records, Road manager, co-wrote title track for second album Please Stand By and other songs on that album.

1979       Billy Squier - co-writer, touring stage tech and played slide guitar on 13 demos recorded in Todd Rundgrens NYC Secret Sound studio.

1982-3   TFA Electro sound & stage technician:

                -Tom Petty at the Forum, LA

                - Spinal Tap, the movie. All concert scenes…LA area

                - Bryan Ferry at Santa Barbara, CA,  and others.

                - Spirit Reunion video at A&M studios

                 *An amusing ironic anecdote: I lent Jimmy Iovine, the rare Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart 'Truth' cassette, which he never returned. Jimmy went on to be a super famous multi millionaire, producing U2, Patti Smith, Dire Straights, and many others. Co-founded Interscope Records, the mega label of rap. He was an assistant engineer at the Record Plant in NYC at the time I knew him. Now he runs with Cupertino moguls… congrats to Mr Iovine, but where is my Jeff Beck 'Truth' cassette?

   

 

 

Band History:

Backdoor Men

Colours

Bittersweet

Jackdaw

Lance

Karen Lawrence and the Pinz

The Fanatics

Karen Lawrence (Band)

Blue By Nature

Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature