A Native Montrealer, Franc got his start in that city’s club scene in the 1980s. Back in those days, he could be found hosting the popular jam at the famous Rising Sun Nightclub, where he learned at the feet of blues greats like Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, and Robert Cray. After relocating to Florida in 1990, Franc played in a number of local and regional blues bands before recording and releasing “49x61” on his own in 2010. Franc played all the instruments on that CD, which hit #1 on www.musictampabay.com and #3 on the Roots Music Report’s Florida chart.
His next CD, “Why Do I Never Win” (on Mind Balm Records), marks a change in style from “49x61” in that it features a live backing band, several solo acoustic tracks, as well as a number of songs that prominently feature Franc’s trusty National resonator guitar. It’s a rawer, more back-to-basics sound than his previous release, and is sure to capture the ears and hearts of true blues lovers everywhere.
For 2012, Franc and the band recorded "Mulligan Stew" a stylistically diverse album featuring all out rockers to intensely quiet acoustic tunes. This CD went to #22 on Roots Music Report's National Blues chart, and stayed there for 3 months!
Now it's 2014, and Franc has gone back and revisited the acoustic sounds of "Why Do I Never Win" with the new CD "Ride The Iron Road" on Blue Chihuahua Records-a collection of 11 original and 3 traditional tunes that go back and capture the sound and feel of the early Delta Blues pioneers that have influenced Franc ever since he picked up a guitar.
Franc has opened up for numerous regional and national blues acts, including Johnny Winter, Southern Hospitality, Jimmy Thackery, Damon Fowler, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Eden Brent, Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton, and many more. His influences are wide-ranging and include Lightning Hopkins, Son House, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Elmore James, and JB Hutto.
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