Neal Francis | Don't Call Me No More - Opaque Pink 7"
Release date: 16.07.2021
‚ÄúI just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influences to my story,‚Äù muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living‚Äîconsumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction‚Äîsuch sincerity is jarring from the 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a self-destructive past and born anew in sobriety, Francis has captured an inspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms, Chicago blues, and early 70s rock n‚Äô roll. There is a deep connection between Francis‚Äôs childhood‚Äîhis obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father‚Äôs gift of a dusty Dr. John LP‚Äîand the songs he‚Äôs created. The result is an astonishing collection of material without parallel in the contemporary funk and soul scene. The influences are unmistakable: the vocal stylings of Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell; the second line rhythms of The Meters and Dr. John; the barroom rock ‚Äòn‚Äô roll of The Rolling Stones; the gospel soul of Billy Preston; the roots music of The Band. Francis pays tribute to the masters but has his own story to tell: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the life I‚Äôve lived so far.‚Äù