The Right Wing Conundrum

The primaries bring out the extremists, nutters and other arch-conservative flotsam & jetsam; whereas Americans vote in the general election. Because of this, the GOP will forever nominate candidates that have catered to this far right and won the primaries. The Giuliani remarks drew a sad dismissal from most Americans. yet the right wing media machine (the monolith that deeply …

House Of Cards

I’ve been catching up on this fantastic Netflix series called House Of Cards. It’s made me stay up through the wee hours, but Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of Congressman Frank Underwood as both brutal power broker and brilliant political tactician is one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Underwood is a complicated, hungry and manipulative man, but the show ultimately …

Thoughts on The 2015 Grammies Fallout

Thoughts on the Grammies: Kanye West was rude and childish but I don’t think a pejorative look at Beyonce vs. Beck and how the records were produced gets us anywhere.  I think I’m talking about all the aftermath and fallout I’ve read more than the original event. What Kanye did was seriously uncool. But the comparisons between Beck & Beyonce’s …

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I’m kind of shocked but also heartened by how much I liked the Grammies this year. The performances were stellar and so many of the songs were good. I loved Ed Sheeran and his beautiful little song–basically a rewrite of “Stand By Me” with its I-VIm-IV-V chord changes and lively vocal from Ed. Loved the opening of course (AC/DC), but …

St Dunstan’s Tickets Link

The link for tickets is up now on St Dunstan’s website for our April 11 show at the Theatre. Performance is in cahoots with the new release of Midwestern: Best Of 1995-2015. http://www.showclix.com/event/StewartFranckeCDReleaseConcert

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CD Release Concert for Midwestern

We’re looking forward to the concert at St Dunstan’s on April 11. It’s the 15th cd and it never gets old celebrating the release of a new one. Hope to see you there.

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CounterPunch review of A Familiar Fire

Stewart Francke: A Familiar Fire (Blue Boundary, 2014) An hour of blue-eyed soul from a neglected master of the genre. A Familiar Fire is Francke’s tenth album, but there’s nothing repetitive about it. The years on the road have only made him wiser and deepened the grooves. There’s a surety and individuality to Francke’s singing on these songs of heartbreak and loss …

REVIEW MAGAZINE

Stewart Francke: Seeking Musical & Spiritual Sustenance in a ‘Heartless World’ A Conversation with Saginaw’s Prodigal Son in Advance of His August 12th Pit & Balcony Appearance From Issue 729 (Published July 21st, 2011) Written By Robert E Martin Stewart Francke has been through the mill and over the hill and survived personal and professional pitfalls and challenges of such …

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SCRATCHED INTO OUR SOULS by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen

July 13, 2011 Holler If Ya Hear Stewart Francke I first met Stewart Francke back in 1999, at Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Detroit stop during their reunion tour. I shared that evening with other friends, old and new, but Stewart left a deep impression on me, in no small part thanks to the fact that he’d just …

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One Fan Writes…Heart of a Heartless World

For much of the last month, my commute companion has been Stewart Francke’s new album,Heartless World. “Heartless World” was funded in part by a kickstarter campaign, in which fans who ponied up small amounts of money were promised an advance copy of the CD, and those who ponied up especially large sums were promised, “name it, we’ll do it.” I don’t have …