This Weekend’s Gigs-Mar. 26th, 27th, 28th 2015

Published on March 26, 2015

Alrighty, it’s time for the Gig Update!!!

TONIGHT (yes, Thursday!) we’re opening up Chasco Fiesta‘s BluesMasters Night, which also features (drumroll please!!!) Damon Fowler and Julie Black!!! the festivities begin at 6pm, and the best part-tickets are FREE.99!!!

Tomorrow, we return to Rickmendy Springers Saloon (6408 Rowan Rd., New Port Richey) from 7-11pm, rain or shine (indoors if there’s rain) the usual cast of characters will be in attendanceDavid Simmons on drums, Smokin Joe Sadowski on harp, Samuel Mudd on bass, and yours truly on guitar, as we rock them blues for youse!!!

Saturday, we return to Upper Deck Sportsbar (5386 Darlene St., Weeki Wachee, FL) from 8-12pm, same crew as Friday… hope to see your smiling faces this


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Video Recording Tonight!

Published on March 24, 2015

Tonight, we’re headed over to Full Sail University in Winter Springs, FL to record videos for the upcoming CD Goin’ Down To Florida… gonna be fun!!!


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This Weekend’s Gigs-March 20, 21, 22 2015

Published on March 20, 2015

Alrighty, the weekend is here, which means I gotta get to playing!!! Pour yourself a coffee, this is a long one!!

Tonight, the band is back at Ralph’s aka San Ann Liquors​ (32625 SR 52, San Antonio, FL) from 6-9pm-we’ll be playing a bunch of the new tunes we recorded a couple weeks ago, along with all your favorites from past albums-as always, Sam Mudd​ on the bass, David Simmons​ on drums, Smokin Joe Sadowski​ on harp and yours truly on guitar…

Tomorrow, we’re at the Museum Cafe (10466 W Yulee Dr., Homosassa, FL) from 2-4pm as part of the Nature Coast Friends Of The Blues Live Concert Series-same crew as on Friday…

Tomorrow night, I’m playing solo at the Rising Sun Bistro and Market​ (10S Main St. Brooksville, FL) from 6-9pm…

Sunday, I’m playing solo again at The Cove Oyster Bar​ (6438 Clark St. Hudson, FL) from 3-7pm…

Yep, a REALLY busy weekend ahead!!!


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Off to the Recording Studio!!!

Published on March 05, 2015

Well, no gigs this weekend… because we’re headed for the studio to record “Cheap Cadillac”!!! We’re recording at Central Florida Recording Studio in Brooksville, with John Trottnow behind the board, and the usual cast of characters strumming strings and hitting things with sticksSamuel Mudd on bass, Smokin Joe Sadowski on harp, David Simmons on drums and percussion, and yours truly on guitars and vocals-gonna be fun, that’s fer sure!!! More updates and pics as they come in…


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This Weekend’s Gigs-Feb. 27th-Mar. 1st, 2015

Published on February 27, 2015

Once again, it’s your Weekend Update, with your hosts, FR & BT…

Tonight, we’re at Ralph’s aka San Ann Liquors (32625 SR 52, San Antonio, FL) from 6-9pm… as always, Samuel Mudd on bass, David Simmons on drums, Smokin Joe Sadowski on harp, and yours truly on the guit-fiddle…

Sunday, I’m playing solo at The Cove Oyster Bar (6438 Clark St. Hudson, FL) from 3-7pm, playing them ol funky Delta Acoustic blues for ya…

Hope to see your smiling faces this weekend!!!

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This Weekend’s Gig-Feb. 21st, 2015

Published on February 20, 2015

Time once again, boys and girls, for the Gig Update!
Tomorrow (Saturday) we’re at The Cove Oyster Bar (6438 Clark St., Hudson, FL) from 3-7pm. Sam Mudd on bass, David Simmons on drums, Smokin Joe Sadowski on harp, and yours truly on guitar… we’ll be playing the tunes that we’ll be recording for the new CD Cheap Cadillac, so come on down for dinner and rock the blues with us!!! See ya there!


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TONIGHT!!! Springer’s Saloon 8-12pm!! Be There!!!

Published on January 23, 2015

TONIGHT!!! We’re at Springers Saloon (6408 Rowan Rd, New Port Richey, FL), INDOORS, from 8pm-12am, so come on out and support the best little ol blues band on the North side of the Bay!!! With the usual compliment David Simmons on drums, Samuel Mudd on bass, Smokin Joe Sadowski on harp, and yours truly on the ol git-fiddle, playing dem blues for youse!!! We’ll also be previewing some of the new tunes from our forthcoming album “Cheap Cadillac” which will start recording in about a month’s time, so check in with us to check it out!!! See ya there!

FRBT Springer FB postcard 1-23

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Welcome Sam Mudd on bass!

Published on September 24, 2014


It’s Official! Everyone please welcome Sam Mudd as our new bassist/vocalist! Sam has a ton of experience, having played with Sarasota Slim, Lucky Peterson, and was the original bassist in the legendary Tampa Bay blues band Rock Bottom & The Cutaways! Sam brings a huge dose of energy and groove to the band, locking in with Dave Simmons to create a powerhouse rhythm section that’s already turning heads! Come and check out the new lineup in the coming weeks-it’s a scorcher!!

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Published on September 02, 2014

Yep, it’s about time (or is that REALLY overdue?!?!) If you’d like to get an e-mail newsletter (about once a month or so-I don’t think I can write that much!) Just enter your e-mail below-once entered, you’ll be asked to confirm it in your e-mail, so no one can try to slide you in without you knowing… and NO, there will be no SPAM, and I won’t sell, lend or rent this list-EVER!!!

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Another cool review for “Ride The Iron Road”!

Published on June 19, 2014

This just in…

The last time that Franc Robert showed his acoustic side was on 2011′s well received Why Do I Ever Win. Since then Franc has issued Mulligan Stew in 2012, and now he returns to his acoustic side with Ride The Iron Road, on Blue Chihuahua Records. At 41 minutes Ride The Iron Road shows off 11 originals and three traditional blues cuts.

As an acoustic set, the simplicity of the presentation really adds to the impact of the music, with only Franc and his guitar(s) painting vivid images, as this Florida native is so talented at doing. The sound is clear and unadorned, allowing the music to stand on its own merit. While very satisfying all the way through, we found a few selections particularly interesting.

“Chihuahua Blues” reminded us a lot of “Rambling On My Mind,” in a pleasing way, and “Dem Devil Bones” is a brisk paced George Thorogood inspired acoustic romp that will have listeners slapping their knees to the beat. “Mississippi On My Mind” is simply great picking, superbly played. “Railroad Blues” is fast paced pickin’ and slidin’ fun. “St. James Infirmary Blues” is a really interesting performance, presented here as a shuffle, and almost upbeat.

Ride The Iron Road is an album best enjoyed when listeners want a break form the loud brashness of an electric blues set, and instead want to enjoy a more quiet and intimate blues experience.

Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene

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