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…
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)…
We were just informed that Mulligan Stew is a Top Ten pick for 2012 USA releases, as chosen by the staff of the Blues Underground Network-amazing is the only words I can come up with!!!! Thanks so much for the huge vote of confidence!!!
Here’s the link: http://www.bluesundergroundnetwork.com/Top10Albums2012.html
Yep, it’s still climbing-Mulligan Stew is now #22 on the Roots Music Report Blues Chart, and #1 in Florida!! Great way to start a weekend!!!
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.
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!!!
It’s finally happened (and on a blue moon no less!) “Mulligan Stew” has broken into the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues CDs (okay, so it’s #50… I’ll still take it!) Many thanks to all the dj’s out there playing our CD, you don’t know how much we all appreciate it!!!
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
WRIP 97.9 Windham, NY
Pauling Public Radio
WEFT Champaign, IL
WHFR 93.3 Detroit MI
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!!!
Yep, this is the weekend we REALLY get out of town!!! Friday night, we’re in Durham, NC at The Blue Note Grill, start time is 9pm. We’ll be playing plenty of our own tunes, including some new tunes from our next CD “Mulligan Stew”.
Then Saturday, we keep on truckin’ up to Colonial Beach, Virginia for the Colonial Beach Rock’n’Blues Festival, opening for none other than Johnny Winter!!! We should be hitting the stage @ 6pm… so if you’re up in the Carolinas, Virginia, or DC, come on out and support LIVE music!!!
“No matter when you see them, it will be a great show. Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists has a cool, down-n-dirty, groovy-yet-swampy feel to their style that sometimes eludes other blues acts. I watched their set at the Chasco Fiesta this past March, and the audience was captivated the entire time. Go check them out; you won’t regret it!”
Now those are the kind of words an artist wants to hear!!!! To read the full article, click here
Just came across this today, such a nice review!!!! Always good to hear good things said about you!!!
Franc Robert’s stripped down blues stunner ‘Three Forks and Poison’ is the latest add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One. Robert Johnson allegedly met his toxic end at the Three Forks Mercantile Store and Franc Robert crafts a great story about it in this amazing solo track. It’s a menacing piece in its steadfast pace and lyrics that take the listener out to a quiet end. This tune is just about perfect.