The New CD is Here!!!

Published on April 15, 2014

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Yep, it’s official-the NEW Franc Robert CD “Ride The Iron Road” is now available!!! Go ahead and get your copy by clicking on the “Music” page, either electronic or physical CDs are available-Come Get You Some!!!!

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Radio Play!!!

Published on April 08, 2014

So far, what we’ve found on who’s playing the new CD Ride The Iron Road…

Mo Blues Monday on WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, FL
Top Blues w/ Terry O (syndicated)
Folk Renaissance Radio Show (Jacksonville AL WLJS 91.9)
WGLT (Normal, IL)
WEFT 90.1 FM (Champaign, IL)
Mother Road Blues Show with Kool Breeze (syndicated)
Charlietown Blues Show (syndicated)
Pork Chop Blues Show-Pualing Public Radio (NY State)

Edit: Sunnyland Steve’s Blues Show on KCSB 91.9 (Santa Barbara, CA)

If you hear of any others spinning the tunes, let us know!!!

Thanks to all of you DJs out there!!!

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This Weekend’s Gigs-April 4-5, 2014

Published on April 04, 2014

Alrighty, it’s gonna be a NICE weekend here in Florida-all the better to enjoy the blues!!!

Tonight, we’re at The Crab Shack (5430 Baylea Ave., Port Richey, FL) from 6-10pm. Trent Sholl on the bass, and David Simmons behind the drums with yours truly making a fool of himself!!!

Tomorrow (Saturday), we’re at Upper Deck Sportsbar (5384 Darlene St. Weeki Wachee, FL) from 8:30pm-12:30am… Don Cox will be on doghouse bass, and David Simmons again on drums, with me just playing them doggone blues! See ya there!!!

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First review for “Ride The Iron Road”is in-and it’s a GREAT one!!!

Published on March 31, 2014

Just received the first review on “Ride The Iron Road” today, and WOW! What a review!!! I think I’ll just let Bill Wilson speak here…

Franc Robert
Ride The Iron Road
Blue Chihuahua Records BCRDC-005

Ride The Iron Road finds Franc Robert going back to the basics…man and guitar facing an audience, no back-up, no second chances and no apologies. This is blues the way it was in the beginning and this is how Franc Robert has chosen to present himself now…raw, hardcore and real as the day is long. Robert is as good as any I’ve heard when it comes to slide guitar better than the vast majority. While I hate to draw comparisons I hear elements of John Hammond and more. This cat, great as he is, draws his strength from past experience and from the excitement of the moment. He is one of those guys who have honestly been around the block more than once. This is not some schoolboy “wannabe,” wanting to be the next Robert Johnson. This is someone who had been through the school of hard knocks, has had his share of bad times and a few good ones as well. He is an exceptional storyteller, telling his stories as only a man who has been there and done that can he weaves his tales in music and word, painting a vivid picture that stays with the audience long after the performance is over. The compositions on the disc are all written by Franc Robert with the exception of three traditional tunes reworked to fit his style with care taken to do justice to the originals. Robert plays with power and passion, telling his stories in such a way that the listener takes part in the memories, both good and bad. He sings of sin, redemption and social issues that take their toll on each and every one of us. What I ultimately find most interesting is the sheer honesty as he opens his heart, exposing his most private thoughts and feelings to the entire world. This is a true bluesman, one who sings from the deepest regions of his heart and soul. Seldom does an artist open himself up to this point but it is this honesty that gives his work its power and the ability to cut straight to the heart of his audience. With that said, I urge all of you who like blues in its purest form to look into it, give the samples listed below a listen and judge for yourself. This is one recording I can recommend highly and without reservation. From “Honey What’s Wrong?” which has a sound not unlike the early “field hollers” which were rhythmic and sung in the field to make the work move more smoothly, to the closing number, “Sunday Morning” which is an instrumental piece that says so very much without the use of words. I grow more impressed with Franc Robert with each new release. Whether solo or with his band, The Boxcar Tourists, this is blues through and through. – Bill Wilson

Link to original (review is at the bottom)…

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Radio Interview Tonight!!!

Published on March 31, 2014

TONIGHT-I’m doing an interview with KBA recipient Larry Lisk on his “Mo Blues Monday”show on WMNF, 88.5 FM in Tampa. We’ll be playing a track (or two!) from the new CD “Ride The Iron Road” and talking about the show tomorrow at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa. I should be appearing about 8:30 pm, and if you’re not in the broadcast area, you can listen in here…

See you on the radio!!!

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This Weekend’s gigs-March 27-29th, 2014

Published on March 27, 2014

Alrighty, a busy weekend dead ahead!!!

Tonight, we’re playing the Chasco Fiesta Bluesmasters night, starting at 6pm, opening up for Julie Black and Selwyn Birchwood! Get down early to get the best seats-and even better, tonight is FREE!!! Sims Park, New Port Richey, FL.

Tomorrow (Friday), I head over to Kissimmee, FL to play solo at Cigars Plus Cigar Bar (101 Broadway, Kissimmee, FL) from 6-10pm. Smokin!!!!

Saturday, we’re down at Ka’Tiki (8803 W. Gulf Blvd., Sunset Beach, FL) from 7-11pm, as usual, Trent Sholl on the bass and David Simmons on the drums, gonna groove the blues for youse!!!

And a reminder-the NEW CD “Ride The Iron Road” will be available for sale at all gigs, and you can order it online at for $10 shipped to your door!!!

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Chihuahua Blues Now Available!!!

Published on March 25, 2014

“Chihuahua Blues” from the upcoming CD Ride The Iron Road, is now available as a single on iTunes! To help whet your appetite, here’s a performance video of the song, recorded back in January, 2014.

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This Weekend’s Gigs-March 21st-22nd, 2014

Published on March 21, 2014

Alright, vacation’s over… back to the grindstone…

Tonight, we’re at The Crab Shack (5430 Baylea Ave., Port Richey, FL) from 6-10pm… myself, Trent Sholl on bass, and David Simmons on drums!

Tomorrow, I’m playing solo at Hernando Beach Tropical Grille (4139 Shoal Line Rd., Hernando Beach, FL) from 2-6pm, playing old-timey Delta Blues and some new tunes off my new solo CD “Ride The Iron Road”… hope to see you there!!!!

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This Weekend’s Gigs-Mar. 7th-9th, 2014

Published on March 07, 2014

Time for a Shack Attack!!!!

Tonight and tomorrow, we’re at The Fishermans Shack (14519 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson FL) from 8-12pm. Join myself, Trent Sholl on bass and Jim Mackey on drums as we rock the blues for youse!!!

Sunday, I’ll be playing solo at Weeki Wachee Swampfest, at Weeki Wachee Springs, time there is 1-2:30 pm. I’ll be playing tunes from my new CD “Ride The Iron Road” along with a bunch of old-timey Delta Blues… then I head down to the Zone Lounge (121 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL) for the party to remember my late Aunt Gerri Diamond… last I checked, the party starts at noon and goes till 7pm… All proceeds from the party will go to Hospice…

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This Weekend’s Gigs-Feb. 28th-Mar. 2nd, 2014

Published on February 27, 2014

This is the solo weekend here!!!

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Friday, Feb. 28th, I’ll be playing in Kissimmee, FL at Cigars Plus Cigar Bar (101 Broadway, Kissimmee, FL) from 6-10 pm

Saturday, I’ll be at Hernando Beach Tropical Grill (3407 Shoal Line Rd., Hernando Beach, FL) from 2-6pm… they also have a new website,

Sunday, I’ll be at the benefit for Jody Lynn Powell at the 20th Hole (8342 New York Ave., Hudson FL) I’ll be playing from 4-5 pm, and probably hanging out quite a bit before and after…

At all 3 shows, I’ll be playing some of the tunes from the new CD “Ride The Iron Road” which is at the pressing plant as I type this.

Hope to see you there!

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