now-hear-thisI stumbled upon the song Junebug, and it resonated so deeply with me that I couldn’t stop listening to it for months. From that one song I dove into musical discovery of Robert Francis’ music, and fell hard for his album Strangers in the First Place. He has a way with storytelling that crawls beneath my skin and stays stuck there, hanging on tight to my emotions, and bringing to the surface so many memories.

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He has a new album out now, too, which is different than his previous three releases. He is backed by a new band, The Night Tide, and the album is mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). What a stellar combination to work with. The fourth album is melodic, bluesy, sensual and heart-wrenchingly wonderful – go have a listen.

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Baby Was the Devil (live)

If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can catch Robert live at Club Soho on July 9th, and at the Troubadour on July 17th. For other tour dates click here. I’ve yet to have the opportunity to see him play live, but I’m not going to miss it this time around – may even try to make both shows.

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