This Weekend’s Gigs-Oct. 18-19th, 2014

Published on October 17, 2014

Once more with feeling… the weekend gig update!

Tomorrow, the band is at the Cove (6438 Clark St. Hudson Beach, FL) from 6-10pm. Join myself, David Simmons on drums, Samuel Mudd on bass, and Smokin Joe Sadowski on harp and vocals as we rock the blues for you!!! Some of the new tunes will also get played, so trust me, you’ll hear something new!!!

Sunday, I’m playing solo at Artoberfest in Winter Springs, FL-I’ll be on from 3:00-4:00 pm. It’s being held at the Winter Springs Town Center (SR 434 & Tuskawilla Rd.) in Winter Springs… hope to see your smiling faces somewhere this weekend!!!

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TODAY-Suncoast Blues Challenge!!!

Published on October 12, 2014

TODAY is the day!!! Suncoast Blues Challenge at Aces Live Music (4343 Palm Sola, Blvd., Brandenton, FL) starting at 4 pm! You DON”T WANT TO MISS THIS!!! A lineup worthy of the Tampa Bay Bluesfest all on one stage, competing for the right to represent the Suncoast Blues Society at theInternational Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN!!! Be there or be square, but definitely get there!!!

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This Weekend’s Gigs-Oct. 10-12, 2014-Suncoast Blues Challenge!!!

Published on October 10, 2014

Alrighty, it’s Friday, and you know what that means-Gig Update!!!

Tonight and tomorrow, we’re going to have a Shack Attack!!! Yep, back to the Fishermans Shack (14519 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL) from 8-12 pm… join myself, David Simmons on drums, Samuel Mudd on bass, and returning to the fold, Smokin Joe Sadowski on harp and vocals!!! Be There!!!

Sunday, it’s the Suncoast Blues Challenge, put on by the Suncoast Blues Society-tihs year, both solo-duo and bands will be competing on the same stage, at Aces Live Music (4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton, FL) the festivities begin at 4pm-not sure exactly when I’ll be on, but come on down and enjoy a festival’s worth of blues in one afternoon!!!

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This Weekend-Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Camden, SC!

Published on October 02, 2014

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Alrighty, the usual Gig Update is tad earlier than usual, ‘cuz I’ve got Carolina On My Mind!!!

This weekend, I’m playing solo at the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Friday and Saturday-if you’re in the area, come on out! I’ll be playing the following venues-

Friday-Sam Kendalls (1043 Broad Street, Camden, SC) 8:15-10pm, along with Shrimp City Slim, who is playing a set from 7-8pm

Saturday-12 Noon to 2 pm, I’m playing at the Carolina Cafe (1040 Broad Street, Camden, SC), then…

Saturday 7:00-8:15 pm at Salud! Mexican Restaurant (1011 Broad Street, Camden, SC) with John Long following me from 8:30-10:00 pm

If you’re in the area, please stop in and say hi!! Would love to see you there!

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This Weekend’s Gig-Sept. 28th, 2014

Published on September 26, 2014

Just one gig this weekend… we’re back at The Crab Shack (5430 Baylea Ave., Port Rchey, FL) this Sunday, from 3-7pm. Join myself, Samuel Mudd on bass and David Simmons on drums as we rock the blues for youse!!! See you there!!!

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Welcome Sam Mudd on bass!

Published on September 24, 2014

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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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Fall Festivals Are Happening!!!

Published on August 08, 2014

Alrighty, now I can make a couple announcements!!!

First off, there’s a few festivals coming up- the band is playing Hernando’s Lake House Bluesfest again this year, on November 15th!!! With Damon Fowler topping the lineup, this is gonna be a real barn-burner for sure!!!

Couple fests that I’ll be playing my solo acoustic blues- October 4th, I’ll be heading up to Camden, SC to play in the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival!!! Most likely will be playing another gig or 2 on the way up there, so look out Georgia and the Carolinas!

The other fest is a little closer to home-Artoberfest in Oveido, FL on October 19th-again should be lots of fun!!!

Hope to see all of you real soon!!!

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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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Another STELLAR review of “Ride The Iron Road”!!!

Published on May 29, 2014

Just got another STELLAR review-this time in Blues Blast Magazine!!!

” Hailing from Florida’s West Coast, Franc Robert offers up 11 original songs and 3 covers in this very traditional acoustic blues album. His finger picking and guitar work are superb. It’s just him and his guitar here as Robert bares it all in this production.

I found the guitar playing to be very solid and well done. His original songs are a breath of fresh air. Good topics, lyrics that are well thought out and, well, lyrical, and well-constructed. There are some very impressive new songs here that are outstanding. Robert also has an interesting approach to his vocals. He is sort of breathy and works at getting an old time, authentic sound. He sings predominantly though his head and one can almost hear his sinuses resonate as he gasps and wails out the lyrics. It’s a little odd at first but it grew on me!

The covers are St. James Infirmary, Mississippi Blues and Railroad Blues. The covers are pretty much straight up renditions of the traditional songs. He infuses his vocal style on all three; his voice begins to sound almost desperate with his breathy and interesting style here on the covers and on the originals. He shows he can play these tunes with the best of them on these covers.

I really preferred the original songs. The opening cut “Honey What’s Wrong” evokes the style of early Delta masters like Son House. He does this song orally, accompanied only with hand claps in a very old and cool style. The slide work on the title track that follows this is a stark contrast to the bare opening number and he plays his heart out. “Chihuahua Blues” is a somewhat humorous take on a song that reminded me of Robert Johnson. The next two cuts “These Low Down Blues” and “Dem Devil Bones”have a much more modern sound (perhaps the 50s and 60’s) have a more modern sound. “Mississippi On My Mind” and “Tax Time Blues” are more traditional; I enjoyed the latter statement on the IRS. “Travellin’ Bluesman” is a little more modernistic but “Treat Me Right” and “Never Felt More Alone” return back to the Delta. The closer, “Sunday Morning,” is a beautiful and inspirational slow finger picking instrumental that is just a joy.

I enjoyed Franc Roberts guitar work and his vocals grew on me after a few listens. He’s working to present his music in an authentic style. He’s written some excellent new songs and I think he’s got something here that acoustic fans will enjoy.”

http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/issue-8-22-may-29-2014/

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