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 …