Once a freckled-faced, snaggled-toothed kid making sounds behind teachers backs, Fred grew up at the foot of storytellers in small town Georgia. He eventually grew up and ventured overseas, working for awhile as a street busker, blacksmith and then carpet salesman. He tried to go legit, graduating Harvard Business School and working with Newsweek magazine, and was first heard on A Prairie Home Companion as a guest in 1980 as author of his first version of MOUTHSOUNDS.
He went on to work as an actor, a writer, and a fairly inept puppeteer with Jim Henson, hosting many shows for Nickelodeon and Disney (including the New Mickey Mouse Club) He created voices, music, and sound effects for the long-running Nickelodeon and Disney cartoon series "DOUG" and went on to win Aces, Emmys, Peabodys, Clios, blah, blah...
Fred is the touring SFX-guy for A Prairie Home, and can be seen daily on public television's reading show "Between the Lions”.
His brand new book and CD/CD-ROM of MouthSounds has just been published.
He lives in New York and Connecticut with his wife and two children, a cat, and two surly parakeets. They are all loud.
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Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).