This Weekend’s Gig is brought to you by The National Weather Service- We’ll Let You Know When It’s Gonna Blow!
Saturday, we’re at the Crab Shack (5430 Baylea Ave. Port Richey, FL) from 6-10pm, having a pre-hurricane hurricane party!!! Join myself, David Simmons on drums, and Larry Powell on bass as we get down with them funky ol’ blues! See you there, and don’t be square!!!
Tonight, we’re at the Upper Deck (5386 Darlene St. Weeki Wachee, FL) from 8-12pm. Larry Powell on bass, David Simmons on drums, and yours truly twanging the strings and doing the singing-always a good time at The Upper Deck-see you there!!!
TONIGHT!!! Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists are back at Ralph’s aka San Ann Liquors (32625 SR 52, San Antonio, FL) from 7-10pm tonight! Join myself, David Simmons on drums and Larry Powell on bass as we rock those blues for youse! Take care, and see you there!
Today on A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, ChefJimi Patricola throws the spotlight on blues artists that aren’t well known, but should be-to quote-
Our Amuse Bouche this week is ‘Under The Radar- Part 2”. We like to feature some artists who might not be well known to the general public, but should be. These bands are putting out high quality music and by you hanging with us you can have a step on all the other folks who still don’t know about them. Hope you enjoy their music and support them in any way possible.
“Cheap Cadillac” is the tune Jimi is featuring from us today-Woohoo!
You can catch the show here (and the great Blues411 website too!)
Alrighty, just one whole gig this weekend, and it’s by myself-I’m playing solo over at Springers Saloon from 2-6pm this afternoon. Come on over and get down with some cool blues and brews-see you there!!
From Big City Blues Magazine:
Florida bluesman Franc Robert has already delivered several pleasing albums, some with his band and last year’s “Ride the Iron Road” in solo mode.
For this outing he is backed by the trio of Dave Simmons on percussion, Sam Mudd on bass, and Joe Sadowski on harmonica. The three harmonize well with Robert’s tenor vocals on this baker’s-dozen-plus-one of tunes, all written by Robert.
The nearly full hour of music opens with the title cut, an uptempo lament of a broken relationship simultaneously extolling the potential healing power of a return to Florida. “A Night with the Blues” features Robert’s spooky spoken vocal, succeeded by “Voodoo Stomp,” a mid-tempo Louisiana swamp rocker. “What Is This Love” features a syncopated Simmons rhythm with a Latin flavor, and “Watch You Walk Away” lets Robert cut loose with some tangy guitar licks, followed by his more than capable slide work on the next song, which evokes the hoary blues metaphor of dark doings at the “crossroads.” Further exhibiting his range in the blues genre, Robert then serves up “Poor Me Blues,” a slow back-porch country number.
Next it’s time to dance to the humorous “Cheap Cadillac.” Reverting to heavy blues mode, “Not a Chance” is my favorite song of the set, an emotionally plaintive cut with Sadowski’s best harp work and some fine guitar by the leader. Following another mid-tempo rocker, Robert provides a smooth clear lead tone on “A Fool for Trying.” Dance time again! with “Riverboat Stomp,” harp and slide meshing seamlessly. “You’ll Come Home” combines soaring upper range guitar single notes with some fancy finger-picking, and the album closes appropriately with “Goodbye,” a crooned 1950s-type ballad.
From back porch to swamp to the crossroads, this album delivers an unpretentious and proficient Sunshine State statement.— Steve Daniels
Well, the Suncoast Blues Society International Blues Challenge competition was held on Sunday, July 26th, and in the end, the judges chose me to be the solo-duo representative for the SBS! Many thanks to all who supported me over the years, I hope I can do you proud in Memphis!
We will be holding fundraisers over the next few months, so keep your eyes on this space as the details come available!
Yep, today is the day!!! The Suncoast Blues Society is holding its International Blues Challenge in the solo-duo division, with the winner earning the right to represent the SBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN next January. The contest is being held at the Hideaway Cafe (1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL) with the doors opening at 4, and first note at 5. Come on down and root for your favorite blues act (since you’re reading this, I hope it’s me!!)