Brian Franke

Brian Franke

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Brian Franke is an independent award-winning singer/songwriter residing in the Washington, DC area. His music is described as having swells of hard rock, with meandering streams of rootsy rock, and an undercurrent of indie pop. He has drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Elliott Smith.

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Biography

Brian Franke is an award-winning folk-rock singer/songwriter residing in the Washington, DC area. An up-and-coming artist with dynamic vocals, his music provides subtle commentary on life events, social issues, and politics, spanning such genres as rock, indie pop, and folk rock. With a sound that’s raw, contemplative and often edgy, his music appeals to fans of Elliott Smith, Pete Yorn, Vertical Horizon, and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Brian’s debut album ‘Six Blocks Down’ was released in the fall of 2010. ‘Six Blocks Down’ navigates through swells of hard rock, over meandering streams of rootsy folk, with an undercurrent of mellow indie pop. Lyrically he meditates on life, love, politics and social issues, blending lively folk-rock arrangements with colorful chord progressions and rich, raw vocals. The album’s award-winning title track is a breezy pop-rock number whose sound belies the serious nature of the song’s lyrics, about a couple struggling to find purpose in their relationship. Currently he is touring in support of the album making stops in such cities as New York City, Nashville, Johnson City, and Philadelphia.

Brian was born and raised in Fair Haven, New Jersey, where he joined his first band, Visitors Only (a fusion of acoustic rock and pop). After earning degrees in economics and public policy, Brian worked in the non-profit sector before starting his full-time music career in late 2009. Always seeking to engage others in his music, he collaborates often with local artists and involves his fans in his music career.

Today he is a permanent fixture on the music circuit in Washington, DC, with numerous residencies, and invitations to play top venues in the area such as Jammin’ Java, Iota Club and Café, and the Washington Nationals Ballpark.

Lyrics

The Way it Used to Be

Written By: Brian Franke

Who did I used to be
When you look back and see
What was I to you, to you
Now my head's in a mess
And I must confess
I don’t know what to do for you, for you

You want more
And I can change
But it won’t be the way it used to be

You say to get it right
Gotta let you inside
Hearts are made to change, rearrange

You want more
And I can change
But it won’t be the way it used to be

All I can say
Is every single cliché
I love you, baby I need you
By my side

You want more
And I can change
But it won’t be the way it used to be

Never Let Your Guard Down

Written By: Brian Franke

I want access
To the thoughts behind your eyes
So I can’t guess
All the truths and all the lies
That make up this friendship
At times, bullshit
Faking and enabling

Oooo, you never let your guard down, never let your guard down
Oooo, never let your guard down, never let it down til tonight

I am aware
That I might have read too much into this
One night, one line
But all it takes is just one kiss
That I denied, from a look into your eyes
Now I’m not sure, what this is about anymore

Oooo, you never let your guard down, never let your guard down
Oooo, never let your guard down, never let it down til tonight

I want to know
Everything that you seem to hold
Back from me, back to me
I’ve got a truth that I haven’t told
I used to feel
You were the only one who was really
For me, but that night
Brought all the shit back into the light

Oooo, you never let your guard down, never let your guard down
Oooo, never let your guard down, never let it down til tonight

Discography

Six Blocks Down, 2010

Set List

Brian's sets are wide ranging and every show his set list is different. Along with his original material, he performs Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Killers, Eric Clapton, and many others. He's played 1 hours gigs to 4 hour gigs.