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Archie Francis
Archie Francis
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Classic country, bluegrass, swing
On my first day in LA, August 1rst 1963, I started to work at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood as a drummer with the Gene Davis Band. In '65 I went to work on the road with Roger Miller, and later, did a live album at Carnegie Hall with the late Freddy Fender. Back in town, I returned to the clubs with Jerry Inman, and Tony Booth back at the Palomino. There I backed Joe Maphis, Skeets McDonalds, TG Shepherd, Moe Bandy, Doug Kershaw, Hank Williams Jr, Hank Thompson, Johnny Rodriguez, Molly Bee, Wanda Jackson, Larry and Lorie Collins, Tanya Tucker, and too many more for me to remeber... All in all I ws there 12 years in the house band, with my friends Al Bruno, Jay Dee Manes, and Delaney Bramlet, and was awarded the ACM Drummer Of The Year 11 years, and Best Non Touring Band for 4 years.
Band/artist history
For this new CD of all original material, I called back my old friends Al Bruno, and Jay Dee Manes, and added a few younger guys like Luke Halpin on fiddle and mandolin, Lonie Johnson on trumpet, John palmer on percussion and harmonica, Keith Baxter and Stephan Franck on guitar and Mark Goldberg on up-right bass.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I like playing small venues with a trio (two acoustic guitar + upright bass). On some numbers, I like to trade my guitar for a washboard. That creates some very special moments.
Your musical influences
George Jones and Vince Gill are my favorite singers. Merle Haggard, of course...
What equipment do you use?
Gibson hummingbird, Fender Princeton, homemade washboard, Old Ludwig drumset.
Anything else?
I've always been a collector, but since that "corn" record, I've accumulated probably the biggest corn-related collection in the world. So if you have anything "corny", let me know...
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