I'm thrilled to announce that the EP I've been working on with Shane Cooley will be released in the next few weeks. We are in the home stretch!! This project contains four tracks of songs that Shane and I have co-written on the green porch of my house, as well as a track from each of us. Bob Rupe (The Silos, Cracker, Sparklehorse, Gutterball) recorded, mixed and mastered the tracks in addition to playing bass. Rateros guitarist Dan Sessler is featured on lead guitar. Join us at Capital Ale House (625 E. Main Street) on December 20, 2013 from 5-8 for the EP Release Party!!
You can see me performing two tracks from the EP, Smoke and Misery and It Just Ain't Texas Without You on WTVR's Virginia This Morning by clicking ont the link below.
PEFL On Virginia This Morning
Paulo Franco is a Richmond, Virginia based singer/songwriter. His music has been featured on radio stations XL102's Studio B, WRIR and WDCE in Richmond, and WNRN in Charlottesville, VA. He was also been featured on WTVR Channel 6's Virginia This Morning. In 2012, he was named a finalist in the Southeast region of the Mountain Stage NewSong songwriting contest. He was the only Virginia songwriter so selected in 2012. His backing band are the Rateros.
The Rateros are - Dan Sessler, on lead guitar and vocals; Kevin McCloskey on drums and vocals; and the band's newest member, Chad Bennett on bass. They play a unique blend of rock, old school country, alt-country and blues. The music draws heavily from influences like Steve Earle, the Gram Parsons inspired music of the Rolling Stones, the and The Grateful Dead. View their performances on Virginia this morning - wtvr.com/2013/01/04/virginia-this-morning-paulo-franco-the-rateros-2/ and under the Videos tab. They play a unique blend of rock, old school country, alt-country and blues. The music draws heavily from influences like Steve Earle, the Gram Parsons inspired music of the Rolling Stones, and The Grateful Dead. The music tells tales of love and loss, introspection and redemption, and the journey that is life itself.
Paulo's shows are well known for their high energy and they way he engages the audience. His solo shows can sometimes see him playing longer than two hours a set. He has performed as a solo artist and with his band in venues throughout Virginia and North Carolina, and he has also performed as a solo artist in Ohio and Austin, TX.
Paulo is currently working on a soon to be released EP of tunes he has co-written with fellow Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest finalist Shane Cooley. www.shanecooleymusic.com/ The EP will also feature an original from both Shane and Paulo. it is being recorded by Bob Rupe (The Silos, Cracker, Sparklehorse, Gutterball), who is lending his musical talents as well. Dan Sessler's guitars will also be featured. Paulo and Shane anticipate a fall release.
A native of Washington, D.C., music has always been a part of Paulo's life, from the time his maternal grandmother sang to him as an infant. Paulo has been playing guitar since he was boy. He began by playing classical guitar at the age of 9, and a life long love affair with stringed instruments began.
After a few years playing in cover bands, he decided that a dream delayed was a dream denied. He began writing music in 2008 and in earnest in 2010. His passion for music led him to record his first CD of original music, which is titled By The Light Of A Paper Moon. He recruited Dan Sessler, one of Richmond's finest session players on guitar, Turtle Zwadlo, formerly of Frog Legs and the Lost Souls on bass, and Kevin McCloskey on drums. After Turtle left the project, Chad Bennett took over the low end.
Paulo has many influences in music. Classic Rock like the Allmans, Neil Young, Little Feat, The Dead, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Punk, Ska, Old School Country, alt country (Steve Earle, Jayhawks, Wilco, Son Volt, Drive By Truckers), Red Dirt (Cross Canadian Ragweed, Reckless Kelly) the blues, Latin, 80s and 90s alternative, grunge, the list goes on and on. Although his father was born and raised in Colombia he fell in love with American country music. Paulo Sr. and Paulo Jr. were big fans of Johnny Cash's variety show in the 60s and 70s, and Paulo Sr. always loved the music of Glen Campbell.
Artists that Paulo and the Rateros cover in addition to their extensive catalogue of origina music include Bob Dylan, Doug Sahm, Wilile Nelson, Drive By Truckers, Gram Parsons, The Dead, Little Feat, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Slaid Cleeves, Steve Earle, Pure Prarie League, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Paul Westerberg, and more.
When it comes down to answering the Eternal Rock and Roll Question, Beatles or the Rolling Stones, Paulo checks the Stones box. But, he shares a birthday with George Harrison (February 25) and the first album he ever bought when he was six years old was Let It Be. Be sure to ask him the story about when he bought Let it Be. John Doe of X fame and Virginia music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley are also February 25th Native Sons.