“Free Range Buddhas has arrived and you’re probably going to love it.”-Alex De Vore, Santa Fe Reporter
Free Range Buddhas started in 2016, as a collaboration between Santa Fe's sultry powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Francesca Jozette and seasoned Seattle rocker Matt McClinton. In the spring of 2017, the duo released a self titled EP, for which they hired some of Santa Fe's top session players. The Free Range Buddhas EP received many positive reviews, as well as obtained an award for Best Pop album of 2017, from The New Mexico Music Awards.
After such a positive reception, the duo decided to expand into a full blown band. It took a couple of tries to find the perfect players to complete Jozette and McClinton's vision, but the best things in life are often right under one's nose. It dawned on them one day, that dear friends, Jacob Montiel and Justin Pucila, together were like Jerry Garcia, John Fogerty, Steven Stills and Lindsy Buckingham, rolled up into one person, so naturally they came along as a package deal. Following the arrival of the psychedelic rock twins, well known and respected drummer, Ron Crowder completes what is considered to be the pan ultimate version of the Buddhas yet.
The music of Free Range Buddhas is a spirited blend of folk-rock, psychedelic pop, and good ol American rock and roll. They have been likened to such bands as Fleetwood Mac, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and CSNY. Front woman, Francesca Jozette, writes songs with an essence of mysticism, raw emotion, and tenderly soulful vulnerability. At the same time Jozette's lyrics are clever and catchy, the band's grooves make you want to boogie, and the guitar lines have a sparkly western space phaser quality. Free Range Buddhas aim to emulate a classic timeless vibe while embracing their own unique modern sound.