ANOTHER great review of “Ride The Iron Road”!!!

From Blues Underground Network…
“”Ride The Iron Road” marks the second album I have received from Franc Robert with the previous one being his 2012 release “Mulligan Stew” as Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists. “Mulligan Stew” was an album that really impressed me a lot, to the point where I even included it in my Blues Underground Network’s Top 10 USA Blues Albums 2012 List, of which some of what I wrote about that album was, “Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists are a rare group whom have put together a rare album indeed in “Mulligan Stew”, as this is the kind of great music that does not come around that often. I can only imagine how great it would be to play this album when camping around the campfire, as this one just has that right feel to it that can really warm the soul .” For “Ride The Iron Road”, Franc Robert has again brought us another rare treat, this time without The Boxcar Tourists as he goes Solo with just his great Voice and an equally great assortment of Guitars, which included, a National Style 1 tricone, Slide, a no-name dobro, Martin D-1R, and a 1921 Martin O-18.

“Ride The Iron Road” marks Franc Robert’s first return to his Acoustic side since his 2011 release “Why Do I Never Win”, as he offers up 11 original Tracks and 3 great Covers, “St. James Infirmary”, “Mississippi Blues”, and “Railroad Blues”. Franc Robert covers a fair bit of ground on “Ride The Iron Road”, which could be categorized as Son House Influenced, Modern Blues, and even Blues of a more Humorous nature. When you also include the Traditional three Covers, you can easily see how nicely diversified “Ride The Iron Road” is. Also with it’s diversification, comes it’s Authentic feeling side, brought to the forefront with a more Traditional length to all but one of the albums Tracks, for which the most part, fall in the under three minute category, with the opening Track actually only being 1:33 in length. I find that I really enjoy these types of albums of which the songs quickly get to the point, not relying on a whole bunch of sometimes unnecessary filler.

“Ride The Iron Road” was released April 15, 2014, and it did not take long for it to become noticed, most notably by WEFT 90.1 in Champaign, Illinois, for whom in their April 2014 Top 25 List had the album already pegged at #9 and in good company with the likes of The Holmes Brothers “Brotherhood” and Bob Corritore’s “Taboo” releases, not overly far ahead at #1 and #2.

Franc Robert’s love and knowledge of the Blues, in fact over 30 years of it, has certainly set him apart, especially when dealing with the more authentic Traditional style Blues of which you will notice right away on “Ride The Iron Road”.

Not that I needed a break, in any way, from his previous release, but never the less I sure enjoyed this other side to Franc Robert as I am sure that many others will that really enjoy super Blues done simply super.

“Ride The Iron Road” is an album I highly recommend… It is certainly one of the very best in the Solo Performer Category released, so far, in 2014…

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
http://www.bluesundergroundnetwork.com/

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Ride The Iron Road-Now Available!!!

Yep, it’s here! Ride The Iron Road is now officially in release, you can pick it up at CDBaby (for the digital version) or order it straight from the doghouse here!!! Either way, for $10 you’ll get blues you can use, so how can you go wrong?? Order Now!!!

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Radio Play!!!

So far, what we’ve found on who’s playing the new CD Ride The Iron Road…

Mo Blues Monday on WMNF 88.5 FM, Tampa, FL
Top Blues w/ Terry O (syndicated)
MusicTampaBay.com
Folk Renaissance Radio Show (Jacksonville AL WLJS 91.9)
WGLT (Normal, IL)
WEFT 90.1 FM (Champaign, IL)
Mother Road Blues Show with Kool Breeze (syndicated)
Charlietown Blues Show (syndicated)
Pork Chop Blues Show-Pualing Public Radio (NY State)

Edit: Sunnyland Steve’s Blues Show on KCSB 91.9 (Santa Barbara, CA)

If you hear of any others spinning the tunes, let us know!!!

Thanks to all of you DJs out there!!!

What a review for “Ride The Iron Road”!!!

This JUST in… the first review for Ride The Iron Road, and boy is it a nice one!! See the post here (at the bottom).

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Ride The Iron Road finds Franc Robert going back to the basics…man and guitar facing an audience, no back-up, no second chances and no apologies. This is blues the way it was in the beginning and this is how Franc Robert has chosen to present himself now…raw, hardcore and real as the day is long. Robert is as good as any I’ve heard when it comes to slide guitar better than the vast majority. While I hate to draw comparisons I hear elements of John Hammond and more. This cat, great as he is, draws his strength from past experience and from the excitement of the moment. He is one of those guys who have honestly been around the block more than once. This is not some schoolboy “wannabe,” wanting to be the next Robert Johnson. This is someone who had been through the school of hard knocks, has had his share of bad times and a few good ones as well. He is an exceptional storyteller, telling his stories as only a man who has been there and done that can he weaves his tales in music and word, painting a vivid picture that stays with the audience long after the performance is over. The compositions on the disc are all written by Franc Robert with the exception of three traditional tunes reworked to fit his style with care taken to do justice to the originals. Robert plays with power and passion, telling his stories in such a way that the listener takes part in the memories, both good and bad. He sings of sin, redemption and social issues that take their toll on each and every one of us. What I ultimately find most interesting is the sheer honesty as he opens his heart, exposing his most private thoughts and feelings to the entire world. This is a true bluesman, one who sings from the deepest regions of his heart and soul. Seldom does an artist open himself up to this point but it is this honesty that gives his work its power and the ability to cut straight to the heart of his audience. With that said, I urge all of you who like blues in its purest form to look into it, give the samples listed below a listen and judge for yourself. This is one recording I can recommend highly and without reservation. From “Honey What’s Wrong?” which has a sound not unlike the early “field hollers” which were rhythmic and sung in the field to make the work move more smoothly, to the closing number, “Sunday Morning” which is an instrumental piece that says so very much without the use of words. I grow more impressed with Franc Robert with each new release. Whether solo or with his band, The Boxcar Tourists, this is blues through and through. – Bill Wilson

New Franc Robert CD coming soon!!!

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It’s been a LOT of work, but Franc Robert’s new solo CD is nearing the finish line-it’s going to be all solo blues, mostly acoustic, featuring Franc’s National and Martin guitars, and a few surprises too!!! This little dog is really happy to see this project nearing the finish line-look for the new CD in April 2014!!!