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“Ride The Iron Road” cracks WEFT Top 10!!!

Just got this in, the Top 25 on WEFT 90.1 (Champaign, IL)… we cracked the Top 10, clocking in at #9!!! Now THAT’S some good news!!!!

WEFT 90.1 FM Living Blues Top 25 Chart – April 2014

1. The Holmes Brothers – Brotherhood – Alligator
2. Bob Corritore – Taboo – Delta Groove
3. Jarekus Singleton – Refuse To Lose – Alligator Records
4. Johnny Drummer – Bad Attitude – Earwig Music
5. John Nemeth – Memphis Grease – Blue Corn
6. Nick Moss Band – Time Ain’t Free – Blue Bella Records
7. Damon Fowler – Sounds of Home – Blind Pig Records
8. Annie Mack – Baptized In The Blues – Self Released
9. Franc Robert – Ride The Iron Road – Blue Chihuahua
10. James Armstrong – Guitar Angels – Catfood Records
11. Terry Quiett Band – Taking Sides – Lucky Bag Records
12. Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers – Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers –
Self Released
13. Joe Louis Walker – Hornet’s Nest – Alligator Records
14. Various artists – Blues Mix 13 Grown Folks Soul – Ecko Records
15. Harmonica Hinds – I’d Give You Anything If I Could – Wolf Records
16. Alex Jenkins & The Bombers – Voodoo You – Self Released
17. John & Sylvia Embry – Troubles – Delmark Records
18. Daunielle – Daunielle – Catfood Records
19. John Hammond – Timeless – Palmetto
20. Jimmy “Duck” Holmes & Terry “Harmonica” Bean – Twice As Hard – Broke &
Hungry Records
21. Lisa Mann – Move On – Self Released
22. Bernie Pearl – Take Your Time – Bee Bump Music
23. Jim Suhler – Panther Burn – Underworld Records
24. Leo Welch – Sabougla Voices – Big Legal Mess Records
25. Rev. KM Williams – Jukin’ in the Holy Land – Nobody’s Fault Productions

Radio Play Update April 21st, 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)

MusicTampaBay.com

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-Pauling Public Radio (NY State)

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

CKRL 89.1 Rue D’Auteuil (Quebec City, Canada)

KRVM 91.9 Eugene, Oregon

Main Street Blues Podcast

Black On Blues Podcast (England)

WFYI 90.1 FM (Indianapolis, IN)

If you hear of any other stations/podcasts playing the tunes, let us know!!!

Radio Play!!!

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)
MusicTampaBay.com
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!!!

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

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)…

2 More Stellar Reviews for Mulligan Stew!

2 GREAT reviews for Mulligan Stew came in while we were away playing the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival last weekend (sorry we didnt’ post about that, it’s been a mightmare around here lately!) First up is from Jon Vermilyea of Blues Underground Network who wrote, “For favorites on “Mulligan Stew”, I did not that easy of a time picking the top 3 as this is a heck of a solid album from beginning to end” you can read the whole review here.

The next review comes from ChefJimi Patricola of Blues 411 and Sirius XM Radio’s Bluestime Channel, who writes, “This all original twelve track release shows us that Mr. Robert is indeed familiar with the road and that it has a place in his blood as a working musician he tells us the story of that life and in doing so helps to find his inner voice. The road is long and he seems capable of handling the twists and turns of that road and progressing nicely in the future.” You can read this review here.

 

CD Release Parties This Weekend!!! Come and Get ’em!!!

Tonight, we’re having our first CD Release Party in our hometown, New Port Richey, Florida-Stormie’s is the place, 5748 Main Street, and we get the party started @ 8:30 pm!!!

Tomorrow, we’re at Dave’s Aqua Lounge (10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL) along with Backwater Blues Band, for a Dual CD Release party-BBB plays a set, we play a set, then a GIANT jam to close out the evening-you don’t want to miss this one!!! Unless…

Tuesday, Sept. 18th-we’re at Skipper’s Smokehouse (910 Skipper Rd. Tampa, FL) for our final (and possibly largest!) CD Release Party, once again with Backwater Blues Band… this one is an early start, 7pm, so plan on a dinner and some blues!!! See you all this weekend!!!

Radio Play-August 28th, 2012

So far, where has Mulligan Stew been played? Well, here’s a list of what we know…

WMNF 88.5 Tampa, FL

Blues ‘n’ Boogie Internet

MusicOnTheCouch.com

WGLT-Normal, IL

www.musictampabay.com

WRIP 97.9 Windham, NY

Pauling Public Radio

WEFT Champaign, IL

www.98eins.de

WHFR 93.3 Detroit MI

BluzNdaBlood Show

If you know of any other places it’s been played, please let us know, and we’ll add it to the list (I’m sure there’s a few more out there!!)

Thanks again to all the Radio and Internet DJs out there playing our music!!!