Freddy & Francine

Globe Hall Presents

Freddy & Francine

Jennifer Jane Niceley, Burn it Blue

Saturday, 7/7

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10 - $12

This event is 16 and over

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Freddy & Francine
Freddy & Francine
Authenticity in the music industry is slippery when wet. Everyone praises its value, yet when an artist is truly authentic, it is often only embraced if it can be easily walked on without slipping and landing in a pile of genre-related questions.
To the casual observer, Freddy & Francine seem safely cemented as a folk duo. They got the
look. The soulful harmonies. The folk circuit bookings — over 150 a year, including the legendary
Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They’re even getting married. Cute. Even their act’s name is cute. You could
make a movie about it. Someone probably has.
But Freddy & Francine (their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso) aren’t interested in
acting, or genres, or talking or not talking about their relationship. They’ve done all that. They’ve even
recently left their longtime home of Los Angeles for Nashville. And they’ve never looked more like
themselves.
“We just want to play music all the time and we don't care about the rest of the bullshit,” Ferris
said.
And there’s been plenty of bullshit. The Hollywood types, the rat race, the traffic, Ferris’s struggle
with alcoholism (he’s now five years sober). Longtime fans know that the band took a three-year hiatus
when Ferris and Caruso’s relationship unraveled, a time which found Ferris turning his back on music
while driving trucks in L.A., and Caruso working an office job in New York.
During this break, both seemingly were able to land on their feet. Ferris was cast as Carl Perkins
in the Broadway and touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet, and Caruso co-wrote and filmed a
television pilot in Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon home (her friend rents it), featuring Seth Rogen, and sold
the thing to ABC.
But appearances can be deceiving.
“I was miserable in the whole process, because I wasn't connected to myself in my gut,” Caruso
said. “I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoy traveling and playing music.”
Despite rockin’ in Perkins’ blue suede shoes from Memphis to Japan, in front of thousands of
people, Ferris was also unhappy because he was singing someone else’s songs.
“My heroes were Joni Mitchell, The Stones, Dylan, B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Carl Perkins, the
guys who just tapped into something in themselves, who needed to write and speak their own truth.
That’s who I am,” Ferris said.
Adding, “The experience of sitting down with an instrument and coming up with something for the
first time, you can’t beat that. The best experience I’ve ever had as a person doing that, and coming up
with something that is bigger than the sum of its parts, is with Bianca.”
But this is all old news. Freddy & Francine are full-time musicians with three full-length albums
and two EPs, with a new Nashville-recorded EP on the way. The six-song “Moonless Night,” co-produced
by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Rodney Crowell) finds Freddy & Francine — which has often used full
bands on its recordings — still produced but more intimately portrayed, a sound closer to the duo’s live
performances.
But don’t call it folk music. It’s too energetic.
“We’re performers. We’re not just folk musicians who play and sing mellow songs with little voices
… there’s screaming,” Caruso said.
Don’t call it Americana either. They don’t wear hats. Besides, Caruso says, “The minute you think
one of our songs is an Americana song, it can turn into a retro pop song.”
Despite the reaction of most roots music fans to the dreaded “P” word, Caruso says she doesn’t
mind Freddy & Francine being labeled a pop band.
“Pop music gets a bad rap, but it comes from the word ‘popular.’ I’d love to be popular,” she said.
“I never discriminate against a song because it’s popular if it stays in your head … every Beatles song is a
pop song.”
But mostly, Freddy & Francine sounds like Freddy & Francine. It ain’t the easiest thing to explain,
but it makes sense when you hear it, and finally, it makes sense to the two people who matter most.
“I’m really happy with who I am and I'm happy with the life I have,” Ferris said.
At the end of the day, or road, authenticity is internal. Watch your step.
Jennifer Jane Niceley
Tennessee songwriter Jennifer Jane Niceley pens jazz-hued folk with deep roots in southern soul and western twang -- sometimes like a campfire ballad sung as sweet and slow as a torch song, often with a singular voice that transcends time and place. Her lyrics bare longing and regret, poetic nocturnal dreamscapes of twisted trees, summer storms and the scent of freshly tilled soil...Released in late 2017, her new album, Angels, Demons, Red-Tail Hawks, is a genre-defying full-length of original songs, recorded in Nashville with multi-instrumentalist Eric McConnell (Loretta Lynn, Todd Snider, Sierra Ferrell). The follow up to 2014's Birdlight, (written while still living and working on her family's farm in East TN) this new offering finds her looking West and traveling light, while still drawing on her main two inspirations: the land, and the human heart.
Burn it Blue
Burn it Blue
Burn it Blue is an acoustic trio of multi-instrumentalists with roots in bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, country, jazz, and rock and roll. Featuring John Bush (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Shaun Nicklin (banjo, pedal steel, dobro, vocals), and Francisco Prado (double bass, vocals), the band became friends at jams in the vibrant bluegrass scene of Golden, Colorado and formed in 2014. Entertaining audiences with a fast-paced, exciting and humorous live show, Burn it Blue combines original music with covers of traditional and modern popular songs for a unique interpretation of the traditional string band genre. The band’s insightful, honest, and catchy songs are executed with intensity and feature inspired instrumental breaks and improvisation, making every performance a unique experience spanning a broad variety of genres and arrangements.
Venue Information:
Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street
Denver, CO, 80216
http://www.globehall.com/