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 …

Aarrggh! I’m trapped in a facebook-twitter satanic vortex of promotional promises and the cd ain’t even out yet. My life is on life support.

Opening The Bob Seger Tour

When you play a show, particularly a big show like last night with Bob Seger, everything moves fast. It’s a heightened reality with a thousand mini-events removed from ordinary life—all part of why I love it and why my band members love it. What stays with you is the feeling the music gives you, how well you connected with the faces in …

Radio Head’s “Creep”

This is another piece from Between The Ground & God, a collection of writings published in book form in 2005 by Ridgeway Press. This piece first appeared in the Metro Times in 1994.Radiohead’s “Creep” is an amazing record; it may be post-punk rock’s most fully realized link with the varied elements of early rock and roll. Even though Radiohead writer/singer Thom Yorke …