Apr 15, 2022
"FREEDOM CALL" is a Loose Bruce Kerr song from 1974 about the 2 young American women who were hitchhiking on a truck in Turkey which turned out to have hash hidden in it. Turkish authorities threw them in jail with no process for release, and the US government, then with Richard Nixon at the helm, could have cared less.
Bruce was living in L.A. at the time and read a People Magazine story on it and wrote the tune. About 4 years later Steve Hoeft, an old Waukesha, Wisconsin buddy of Bruce's had joined him on the road, traveling the country in a light blue 1951 Chevy Schoolbus conversion, adding his vocal, banjo, and guitars to the show. Landing in Vermont for a period, they recorded "Freedom Call" with a band at the U of VT whose house they were parked next to in Burlington, at an amazing studio out in the sticks. The flip side was "Double Shot," also available for download from this podcast. Soon after, Steve and Bruce added drums & bass to the band for a couple years' run in New England.
Loose Bruce Kerr interrupted his legal career for 20 years to hit the road to write, perform and produce his songs and parodies (over 140 song plays on Dr. Demento since 1987). Resuming his legal career in 1993, Bruce became Assistant General Counsel at Sun Microsystems, then finished up at Oracle, retiring in 2021.