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 …

Stewart Francke Named 2011 Twilight Civic Honoree

Detroit singer-songwriter recognized by Twilight Benefit Foundation for his work in cancer care and community presence. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2011 – (Detroit, MI) – Michigan musician and bone marrow transplant survivor Stewart Francke has been named one of this year’s Twilight Civic Honorees for his continuing work in cancer care and fundraising. The Twilight Benefit Gala, a black …

MIX MAGAZINE: Stewart Francke ‘Heartless World’

Jun 30, 2011 1:43 PM, By Barbara Schultz Singer/songwriter Stewart Francke’s Heartless World album leads off with “Summer Soldier,” a track that would be almost too painful to listen to if it weren’t such a great-sounding song. Francke fashioned the lyrics, written from the perspective of a soldier serving in Afghanistan, using thoughts expressed in interviews with servicemen (“Back home it’s springtime”… …

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BACKSTREETS FREE DOWNLOAD: STEWART FRANCKE & BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Detroit’s Stewart Francke has just released his eleventh album,Heartless World, which features a vocal collaboration with Springsteen on “Summer Soldier (Holler If Ya Hear Me”). In the liner notes, Francke writes, “it was always [Bruce’s] voice I heard in the call & response of the chorus but I figured it would remain just a dream. So I asked, he said …

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Metro Times City Slang

By Brett Callwood Published: July 6, 2011 Metro Times Print Email Twitter Facebook MySpace Stumble Digg More Destinations When singer-songwriter Stewart Francke sent a song to Bruce Springsteen’s people in the hopes that the Boss would add some vocals, he knew the odds were slim that he’d get anything back. One can only imagine how many similar requests Springsteen receives, and what he could charge if he …

Stewart Francke / Heartless World (Blue Boundary, 2011) — Counterpunch

Call Stewart Francke a regional treasure, if you like. But what a region! The Detroit-based singer/songwriter/guitar-slinger grew up awash in the deep grooves of the Chicago blues and Motown R&B during what may well be the most creative era of American popular music.  Francke has a richly textured voice, a rocker’s Sam Cooke. He spent his early years as a …

REVIEWS & COMMENTARY ON STEWART’S NEW CD, HEARTLESS WORLD

From Village Records Newsletter: STEWART FRANCKE – HEARTLESS WORLD Detroit legend Francke releases his first new music since 2002. That’s quite a break, but he waited until he had an album full of great new music, and this is the result. Detroit is a hard town and known for it’s soul and gritty rock. Francke has both genres running through …

Heartless World Nominated For Best Rock/Pop Album in DMAs

If you do have a vote in the Detroit Music Awards, or if you still can register, my album Heartless world is nominated for best album in the rock/pop category. Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Mitch Ryder, Thornetta Davis, Amp Fiddler, Johnny Bee, Jimmie Bones, Bobby Murray, Paul Warren, Gia Warner & Beth Griffith, The record sold out, received some real fine …