Robert Francis
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Robert Francis


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“The emotion he conveys while singing resembles that of a hardened performer who has been on the scene for decades. So perfect, in fact, that I have listened to this record 10 times in the last 2 days.” - Entertainment Weekly

“His voice converses when it should, consoling from the shadows, and his songs are well-crafted embers that burn with the kind of cadence that glows with authenticity.” - Performer Magazine

Classical Geek Theatre
Quote: “The kid’s got it.”

“Though more entrenched in the American folk traditions, in some ways Robert Francis a more appropriate successor to Elliot Smith than the run-of-the-mill Silverlake songwriters that usually garner the comparison.”

Inflight at Night
I just missed Robert Francis‘ set at the Silverlake Lounge when he played with Pieta Brown last year and since then I hadn’t given the singer songwriter a second thought. That is until I came across his debut album, One by One, for cheap last week and just picked it up ’cause figured I should probably give it a shot sometime. Before I even had a chance to listen to One by One, Jax at Rock Insider plugged his show tonight at Spaceland, which kicked my butt into gear and I put the album on when I went for a run yesterday morning (when I do most of my new music listening), and then subsequently played it on repeat for the rest of the day at the office.

Web In Front
“Robert Francis’ set was a jawdropped slowburn of bootscuffed troubadour-rock that collapsed elements of the Flying Burrito Brothers (whose “Dark End of the Street” received a soul-burnished and elegiac cover and backup from Pete Yorn), Townes Van Zandt and Jeff Buckley into a well of glowing, rough-hewn roots-rock as referential as it was original. Watching Francis perform is to watch someone who exists—at least for the duration of his performance—for the music only; aside from a few chuckled and muttered asides to the audience or his backing band, Francis was lost in a smoky reverie within the candle-flit shadows of his dark and heartfelt Americana, and the audience was more than willing to follow him inside. His is a true artistic presence and needs to be experienced live; translation: get your ass to the Echo next Monday. You won’t regret it.”
- Various


One By One (2007 Aeronaut Records)





Robert Francis recalls the voice of simpler and more truthful era when people were crazier and sang about things that mattered. Maybe that’s because his debut album “One By One” was recorded and released a month shy of his 20th birthday, or maybe it’s because of his unique musical childhood.
Growing up in Los Angeles as the youngest in a family of musicians, Robert possesses a maturity far beyond his twenty-one years. From the time he was born, he was surrounded by music of all genres thanks to his eccentric classical-record-producer and pianist father, a Mexican mother who loved Ranchero songs, and two older sisters who were in various rock bands that played in clubs all over the city.
At an early age Robert showed a tremendous musical gift and was known around school as a guitar-playing prodigy. He could also play any other instrument he picked up, and did so on his first record, playing everything from drums, banjo, bass, piano and mandolin to his most natural instrument, the guitar. Ry Cooder gave him a vintage National when he was only nine, and John Frusciante took him on as his only student when he was sixteen.
Writing and producing all his own material, he injects one hundred percent truth and emotion into each of his songs. He is often compared to a young Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle or Neil Young. Since his indie Aeronaut Records release “One by One” in 2007, Robert has worked steadily in Southern California clubs and landed a national tour in support of Missy Higgins in 2008.
Robert has gathered together a formidable band from the cream of the LA music scene: Texan Graham Lathrop on pedal steel/guitar/vocals, Alex Kweskin on bass/vocals and Richard Gowan on drums/vocals. In January 2009, they played a month-long weekly residency at the Echo in Silver Lake, LA’s contemporary music neighborhood focal point, attracting fans and those-in-the-know from all across LA’s music scene.
Most importantly, Robert recently signed with Atlantic Records. An album release is planned for Summer 2009.