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Fred Hostetler, now releasing his third solo effort after the 2018 Heart Radio album, continues a course of celebrated works of music. This time the singer-songwriter crosses into social commentary supported by a hybrid soulful rock blues groove. In “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”, aptly described as “A funky bluesy rocker with ‘get down’ bass and guitars alongside an evocative lyric and stirring vocal creates a biting commentary on ‘me first’ culture”. This song is an open and honest look at what is possibly the cause and effect of the self-centered nationalist ideal.

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.


This track was recorded and produced by Hostetler and mixed by Robbie Cribbs at Soundtrap Studios.

When asked, Fred made the following commentary on this new release – “Lyric writing can be very tedious, but this was one of those rare moments when it was really fun and emerged mostly spontaneously over a simple guitar line. It was like going back to the source, a refreshing experience on the barren wastelands of present day galloping individualism, which oddly enough is the inspiration for penning this piece. We live in a world of ‘I and mine’. We have blind spots in the way we see things and ourselves that damage society and endanger the earth herself. We are unaware of our own ignorance. 

We don’t know what we don’t know. In fact, we cannot know because of the confusion and control caused by corporate greed, political powers, and just downright selfishness. Screens, devices, and modern urban life are confusing and distracting us, separating us from our own nature. In danger of losing our way, we are trying to drive a broken machine down a pot-holed road to nowhere (or worse). That sentence reminds me of AC/DC’s song ‘Highway to Hell’. 

Who are we and where are we going? “The trouble is… you don’t know. You don’t know what you don’t know. We might all be swept away.” So pay attention. Be aware. There is inner and outer work to be done. Pay attention to what you say, what you do. Be mindful. Peace. – Fred Hostetler 


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