Fred Torphy writes interesting songs - structurally simple, while emotionally, rhythmically and tonally complex. As the bandleader of San Francisco's own Big Light, Fred spent much of his time between 2006-2012 writing for the band's cadre, before taking a break from the stage that lasted for most of 2013.
These days, you can catch Fred either by himself with a guitar (and/or backed by one of any number of collaborators), on stage, singing and playing his songs. Hard-pressed to draw comparisons or cite influences, there's a little bit of a lot of things in Fred's music. What's most interesting and most memorable is what of himself he's put in there... a well-developed, signature guitar technique and a unique vocal style, delivered with a patient sincerity, born of years spent connecting with listeners- in rooms both large and small.
In addition to his work with Big Light, Fred has shared the stage and bills with The Wood Brothers, The Mother Hips, Gomez, Marc Benevento, The Everyone Orchestra, The Slip, Nathan Moore, Tea Leaf Green, and ALO, among others.