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I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influencesto my story," muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living-consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction-such sincerity is jarring fromthe 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a selfdestructive past and born anew in sobriety, Francis has captured aninspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms, Chicagoblues, and early 70s rock n' roll. There is a deep connection betweenFrancis's childhood-his obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father'sgift of a dusty Dr. John LP-and the songs he's created. The result is anastonishing collection of material without parallel in the contemporaryfunk and soul scene. The influences are unmistakable: the vocal stylingsof Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell; the second line rhythms of TheMeters and Dr. John; the barroom rock 'n' roll of The Rolling Stones; thegospel soul of Billy Preston; the roots music of The Band. Francis paystribute to the masters but has his own story to tell: "It's the life I've lived sofar.
I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influencesto my story," muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living-consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction-such sincerity is jarring fromthe 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a selfdestructive past and born anew in sobriety, Francis has captured aninspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms, Chicagoblues, and early 70s rock n' roll. There is a deep connection betweenFrancis's childhood-his obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father'sgift of a dusty Dr. John LP-and the songs he's created. The result is anastonishing collection of material without parallel in the contemporaryfunk and soul scene. The influences are unmistakable: the vocal stylingsof Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell; the second line rhythms of TheMeters and Dr. John; the barroom rock 'n' roll of The Rolling Stones; thegospel soul of Billy Preston; the roots music of The Band. Francis paystribute to the masters but has his own story to tell: "It's the life I've lived sofar.
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Format: Vinyl
Label: IMPORTS
Rel. Date: 09/20/2019
UPC: 674862659265

Changes [Colored Vinyl] (Teal) (Can)
Artist: Neal Francis
Format: Vinyl
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DISC: 1

1. This Time
2. She's a Winner
3. How Have I Lived
4. These Are the Days
5. Changes, PTS. 1 ; 2
6. Lauren
7. Can't Live Without Your Love
8. Put It in His Hands

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I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influencesto my story," muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living-consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction-such sincerity is jarring fromthe 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a selfdestructive past and born anew in sobriety, Francis has captured aninspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms, Chicagoblues, and early 70s rock n' roll. There is a deep connection betweenFrancis's childhood-his obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father'sgift of a dusty Dr. John LP-and the songs he's created. The result is anastonishing collection of material without parallel in the contemporaryfunk and soul scene. The influences are unmistakable: the vocal stylingsof Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell; the second line rhythms of TheMeters and Dr. John; the barroom rock 'n' roll of The Rolling Stones; thegospel soul of Billy Preston; the roots music of The Band. Francis paystribute to the masters but has his own story to tell: "It's the life I've lived sofar.
        
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