There has been a palpable buzz over the last little bit for singer songwriter Neal Francis whose album "In Plain Sight" is due out November 5th on ATO Records. This Chicago based piano player is a bit of a throwback in everything he does. From his personal aesthetic to the kind of music he makes, Francis would not be lost in the mid 70s. That isn’t to suggest he’s just a copy cat of people we dig like Dr. John, The Meters or Allen Toussaint. It’s just that Neal gives you an immediate sense of comfort and familiarity and a distinct memory of what he’s going for with his craft. Neal is full of insightful, wonderful lyrics and the chops both vocally and on his instrument to pull off one of the most complete album efforts this year. It was a pleasure to catch up with Neal Francis to talk about the new record and much more.
First song: Can't Stop The Rain
Second song: Alameda Apartments
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