About Paulo Franco & The Freightliners
Paulo Franco is a Richmond, Virginia based singer/ songwriter. In terms of recording, it may seem that Franco has come to the game later in life than some, but his musical journey has been a lifelong story. Born to Colombian immigrants and raised in Washington D.C., Paulo embraces his heritage as a first generation American and his songs and style reflect that. As a child, his father turned him on to the country music of the United States via the Johnny Cash Variety show and on his own he discovered a love for rock n roll through the Stones and the Beatles. At the age of nine, he picked up a classical guitar and a musician was born. After years of playing in various cover bands and honing his chops, Franco began writing his own material in earnest in 2010.
Paulo’s songs are steeped in storytelling, often drawing from his own life and those around him. The sound is a seamless blend of the myriad of influences that have shaped both his everyday life and his musical tastes. Listeners will find glimpses of John Prine’s wit, The Stones’ rock n roll heart, and the fluidity of The Grateful Dead often times infused with the rhythms of traditional Latin and Colombian music. He has recently including original Spanish songs into his songwriting as well, bringing a depth and a love of two cultures seldom seen during the same show or album.
In 2012, Franco released his debut record, By The Light Of A Paper Moon regionally and began playing more and more shows around Richmond and Central Virginia as well as other markets across the country. In the last few years, he has shared the stage with the likes of Dand Baird of the Georgia Satellites, Chris Knight, Adam Carroll, Cris Jacobs, Cory Branan, Austin Lucas and many others. In 2016, Franco released The Last Card, an album Paste Magazine hails as possibly the most sincere album of the year. No Depression’s Emily Hinde called The Last Card “a phenomenal sophomore record.” She listed the record No. 2 on her list of the best of 2016, which also included releases from The Avett Brothers, Sara Watkins, Drive By Truckers, Sturgill Simpson and more.
The Last Card, produced by Bob Rupe (The Silos, Cracker, Gutterball and Sparklehorse) and featuring a virtual who’s who of Richmond musicians, shows that Franco wears his heart on his sleeve musically and can hang with any songwriter working today. The next year will find Paulo following up on the national attention the record is receiving with more shows and a wider range of national touring and in Colombia.
Drawing their name from the legendary song by Townes Van Zandt, the Freightliners are Paulo’s backing band. They are Jimmy Slagle – Lead Guitar and Vocals, Dave Hess – Drums and Vocals, Doug Thompson – Bass.
They bring intensity to each performance, utilizing blistering guitar solos and crisp vocal harmonies. They provide the accompaniment and groove to Paulo’s original music, bringing a fresh and unique interpretation to the songs you hear on the albums. The band floats easily between the differing genres that weave together to form the tapestry of Paulo’s sound. The Freightliners are a band that find themselves at home as a country, rock, alt+country or blues outfit. In addition to Paulo’s original music, The Freightliners bring a catalogue of covers from artist that influence their sound including The Dead, The Stones, The Drive By Truckers, Bob Dylan, Uncle Tupelo, Slaid Cleaves, and a whole bunch more.
For more info visit www.peflmusic.com, Contact Paulo at firstname.lastname@example.org; (804) 304-4171
About Jason Burke
Based in Charlottesville, VA, Jason Burke plays a blend of 70’s inspired rock and roll and California Country.
A long-time regular at Songwriter Night at The Local in Belmont (Charlottesville, VA), Jason Burke play shows throughout Virginia. Most of his music energy these days is focused on three things: The Six Pack Songwriter Series, supporting his latest record, and live performance.
The Six Pack is a local music showcase headquartered at The Southern Cafe & Music Hall in Charlottesville, VA. It’s mission is to better showcase the wealth of talent in Virginia’s songwriting scene. You can learn more at www.sixpacksongs.com.
In May 2015, Jason began work on his first full-length CD, “Burning Daylight.” This CD is in some ways a departure from the country overtones of the previous album. Pulling from rock, blues, jazz, soul, and country, the record is a marriage of Jason’s songs and the dynamic accompaniment provided by the session’s players.
Clocking in just under 40 minutes, the record is a tribute to the classic recordings of the 70’s. Co-produced by Jason Burke and Butch Taylor (Dave Matthews Band), it features a Who’s Who of Central Virginia luminaries: Sam Wilson (Sons of Bill), Michael Clem (Eddie From Ohio), Rick Olivarez, James McLaughlin (In Full), Charles Owens (In Full), Julia Kwolyk, and Susan Munson (Jeebus). The result is a whirlwind of sounds and styles that continues to delight.