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These Are The Days

by Neal Francis

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“I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influences to my story,” muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living—consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction—such 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 and Chicago blues. His music evokes a bygone era of R&B’s heyday while simultaneously forging a new path on the musical landscape. Ohio-based Karma Chief Records (a subsidiary of Colemine Records) will release two songs, “These Are The Days” and “Changes, Pt. 1,” in early 2019.  

There is a deep connection between Francis’s childhood—his obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father’s gift of a dusty Dr. John LP—and the songs he’s created. 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 ‘n’ roll of The Rolling Stones; the gospel soul of Billy Preston. Francis pays tribute to the masters but has his own story to tell: “It’s the life I’ve lived so far.”

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released January 16, 2019

Neal Francis: vocals, Hammond A100, acoustic piano, RMI Electra Piano, Hohner Clavinet D6
Sergio Rios: guitar
Mike Starr: bass
PJ Howard: drums, percussion

Additional Musicians:
Lucas Ellman- tenor saxophone
Ricky Lucchese- trombone
JJ Kirkpatrick- trumpet

All songs written and arranged by Neal Francis (ASCAP)

Horns arranged by Neal Francis

Album Design by Leroi Conroy
Front cover photography by Nicolette Nunez
Engineered, mixed, and produced by Sergio Rios at Killion Sound (North Hollywood, CA)
Associate Producer: David Vandenburg
Additional recording by Mike Novak at Chicago Electric Piano Company (Chicago, IL)
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering

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Neal Francis Chicago, Illinois

“I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influences to my story,” muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living such 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 and rock n' roll.
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Track Name: These Are The Days
These are the days
When your good graces have left and gone
You’re left counting the ways
That I’ve done you wrong

They’re gonna hang me high
For my crimes
I’ve got nothing to lose now
But these tears I’m crying
It’s high time that I paid the price
So that the next time maybe I’ll think twice
Does it matter to you, girl
To know that I’m in misery?

These are the days
When your good graces have left and gone
You’re left counting the ways
That I’ve done you wrong

It’s five o’clock in the morning
And I’m not home
I’m surrounded by people
But I’m really alone
I know I’m keeping you waiting, girl
But I don’t care
I’d come running to you
If I weren’t tied to this chair
I’m so tired of hiding, baby
And getting wrapped up in lies

These are the days
When your good graces have left and gone
You’re left counting the ways
That I’ve done you wrong

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