Coronavirus Pandemic Affects Musicians... March 26, 2020, a consummate performer...also successful producer... plans for the immediate future.” - Ed Simon

The Los Angeles Beat

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW”- NEW CD SINGLE FROM FRED HOSTETLER     "This song has the “call to arms” sound that falls back to the mid 60’s and early 70’s, social activism style, one that was instrumental in the positive social changes of civil rights and antiwar sentiment, made popular by the Beatles and  their contemporaries, a voice in music that is making itself heard once again in this escalating finger pointing hate preaching political nightmare, not just in America, but globally. “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” is definitely one to hear and contemplate."”

Joseph Timmons, IndiePulse Music

THE FRED HOSTETLER WAY..."I'm a New Man" There are many benefits to what it is I do.  But the best thing is getting to know people who are and have been in the music business.  They may not be famous or well known for their work, but their contribution is no less significant. That’s my view of guitarist, songwriter, indie producer Fred Hostetler.  He is a talent extraordinaire.  Straddling several genres, Fred puts his stamp on everything he does...”

Garry Goldsmith, Blueshighwayus61

Blues Guitarist and known as a “Spiritually Guided” artist by his contemporaries, Fred Hostetler has created a new track to be released as a single titled “Taming The Wolf”, which is  marvelous piece, as are many of his prior releases. “Taming The Wolf” is a interesting track, opening with a self-observant monologue, rounding out to a powerfully emotional blues laden composition. It is both classical and modern, while opening the artist’s soul for all to hear. This is a song well worth appreciating for its timeless beauty.”

Joseph Timmons, IndiePulse Music

Fred Hostetler releases new track “I’m a New Man” 6 February at 16:12 · The latest single @"I'm A New Man" (@HostelRecords) by @Fred Hostetler, heretofore known as guitarist and co-founder of popular blues-rock band @Karen Lawrence & Blue By Nature, @IndiePulse Music writes, "is a powerfully energetic, rocking blues track that sings of renewed faith and desire to make the most and the best of anything that happens in ones life. Sung from the point of someone that almost did not make it, the narration is one of a person that has seen and survived the worst, and now looks only towards the best. For a man of his years, Fred Hostetler invokes his inner, younger self, hitting marks and chords one would hear in someone more than half his experiences, proving that power comes from within and one can be forever youthful and still have immense wisdom. A truly inspirational piece of music." More at #FredHostetler #ImANewMan #Mukthiland Records #KarenLawrenceAndBlueByNature #Bluesrock #BluesGuitarists #IndiePulseMusic…/fred-hostetler-releases-new-…/”

— Joseph Timmons, IndiePulse Music This catchy tune defies categories. I like to think of it as a video postcard to my friends who look at life from both an inner and outer perspective. It has Eastern influences both visually and musically. I will stop there and let the viewer figure out the rest, but it does say, beware of alligators and crocodiles!  The song was inspired by a story told to me by Sri Vasantha Sai. The tale, taken from a Hindu epic, tells how Kunti Devi was granted a boon which enabled her to marry the Sun God. One can imagine where things went from there. Though life got extremely difficult, yet she found a reason to be grateful even in troubled times. She would pray, 'Lord send me more troubles so I will never forget you. Otherwise, how can I cope?' The poet, Kahlil Gibran might add: "You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” ― So let's walk through life, giving thanks for the rain which renews, refreshes, and sustains our planet.”

Joseph Timmons, IndiePulse Music

Full interview available at the link below: Connections radio Special PBS 106.7 June 19, 2018 Playlist: #95 Karen Lawrence/Fred Hosteler/Blue By Nature Connections Artist | Track/Song Name | Album Title | Label/Distributor | Comments (01) Blue By Nature - Cadillac Blues - Blue To The Bone (02) LA Jets - Bandido - LA Jets (03) Backdoor Men - Evil Karen Lawrence on LA Jets (04) Aerosmith - Adam's Apple - Toys In The Attic (05) Johnny Winter - Raised On Rock - John Dawson Winter III Fred Hostetler on Jack Douglas (07) The Knack - Pay The Devil (Ooo, Baby, Ooo) (08) T Rex - Rabbit Fighter (09) Artful Dodger - Silver and Gold (10) 1994: - Bring It Home - 1994: (11) 1994: - Stop This Heartache - Please Stand By Karen Lawrence On 1994: & New Wave Fred Hostetler on 80's & New Wave (12) Karen Lawrence and The Pinz - Let's Go Out (13) Karen Lawrence - Feels Like Science (Misfits Of Science Theme) (14) Karen Lawrence - Never Enough - Rip & Tear Karen Lawrence on Fred Hostetler & Steve Schiff (15) Franke & The Knockouts - Outrageous - Makin’ The Point (16) Bette Midler - Big Noise From Winnetka - Thighs and Whispers Karen Lawrence on the song Prisoner (17) Barbra Streisand - Love Theme From (The Eyes Of Laura Mars) (Prisoner) (18) Joe Bonamassa - Prisoner - Dustbowl (19) Jeff Beck - Back On The Street Karen Lawrence on Jeff Beck song Back On The Streets Fred Hostetler on Jeff Beck song Back On The Streets (20) Blue By Nature - Grinnin' in Your Face (21) Fred Hostetler - Taming the Wolf - single Karen Lawrence on How BBN Started Fred Hostetler on How BBN Started (22) Blue By Nature - So Many Roads, So Many Trains (23) Rick Dufay - Runaway - Classic Cutz #52 (Buried Treasure, Rare Tracks Forgotten Gems) Fred Hostetler on Live At The Lake & Best Of Live albums (24) Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature - It's All About You - Best of Live (25) Blue By Nature - Fun And Games Karen Lawrence on Blue By Nature ending Fred Hostetler on Blue By Nature ending (26) Blue By Nature - You’re Gonna Need My Help - Hard Daze Connections for Monday, 18 June 2018”

— Chris Xynos, Connections Radio Special PBS 106.7 _Australia

Reviews, Press, etc. BLUE BY NATURE Reviews Los Angeles Times: VALLEY WEEKEND | ROCKTALK  LA TIMES A Range of Influences, but Band Is True Blue - Rock group's veteran musicians center their sound around classic, 12-bar sound. April 25, 1996 |JAMES E. FOWLER | TIMES STAFF WRITER LA TIMES Blue by Nature, playing Monday at B.B. King's… a band made up of music-business veterans who draw upon many different influences to create their blues-oriented sound. The band was formed in 1993 by singer-songwriter Karen Lawrence, former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and guitarist Fred Hostetler. They soon added Charlie Diaz on bass and Dan Potruch on drums. The band's first CD, "Blue to the Bone," on the Shattered Music label, was produced by Jack Douglas, who previously produced albums for John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and others. Musewire - the music Magazine …each original song they play has the feel of a new classic. Blue by Nature performs blooze at a high level of musicianship, making each number moving, resolute, lively, deep, dark, and delicious. Most of their material is by Lawrence and guitarist Fred Hostetler. Antimusic - Lawrence.shtml  BBN "Just as Keith Richards drives the Stones from the rhythm guitar position, so it is with Hostetler, adding just the right touch of subtle crunch to every tune…and when he takes out the slide, the whole place gets drenched in funky blues tones." "After the show, when things calmed down, I went backstage to talk with Lawrence and Hostetler, who spoke about their approach to creating songs. “It comes from the emotion,” she said. “The chords, the melody, the words, the whole structure of the tune — everything relates back to the emotions in the song you’re making.” Hostetler agreed, saying “You have to feel it. Absolutely…she is right! We want to touch people, make them shout, stamp their feet, yell. We love that…” It showed.”

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