"Gar Francis has a new EP out that gives his fans 5 slices o' the mans brilliance". - Bob Suesh Rock N Roll Experience
"Gar Francis is a Garage rock/Americana/Blues solo artist hailing from Belvidere, New Jersey with a long list of accolades and credits to his name. Mr. Francis's guttural Iggy Pop-like delivery and genuine fire eclipses most music I've heard from artists who are probably half his age" - James Moore for Skope Magazine and Independent Music Promotions.
Special Thank You to Bill Kelly WFMU and The Underground Garage Channel 25 on Sirius/XM
April 20 Premier of FAIRHAVEN the movie
"Bank Of The River" placed.
(Reviewer Karsten Rube)
The Swinging Iggies
With slightly hoarse vocals, a catchy guitar riff that never lets up and a drummer who is all over his cymbals this is a song that could have been recorded by David Bowie or The New York Dolls ca. 1973. Hans Werksman -
"Gar Francis has done it again. He has supplied Genya Ravan with a big song for her new single. I Won't Cry Anymore is garage R&B with a hint of gospel and plenty of soul. Definitely a New York sound courtesy of Francis on guitar and keys, Danny Caruso on bass and Bobby Chen on drums. Ravan, a recording artist since 1962, whose voice o has aged really well, has no trouble delivering the goods." Hans Werksman - The Netherlands
Before I delve into the song itself I need to mention that this single, as were the others I've heard from Bongo Boy Records was produced by Gar Francis. Take a moment to look through your record collection (if anyone still has any records) and see who produced your favorite albums. I bet the names Bob Ezrin and Mutt Lang appear frequently. You can add a third name to the list of great producers - Gar Francis.
I mean as in when Rhythm and Blues was gritty and emotional, when it was played by guys with killer chops and singers who could wail. I do not mean what passes for R&B today in which everything sounds the same and is boring.
The old school back up singers put the whole thing over the top.
Ok.... I'd have to say this delivers what Midnight Ride & Spirit of '67 promised but failed to fulfill. This project without a doubt delivers the goods. Definitely more "Stonesy" than anything else Mark has done, but without the "sloppiness". It has a tighter, more American feel......steeped in mid sixties garage rock in it's intensity. This is the type of album that is appreciated more with each & every play.
Well done Mark. – D. Peterson
Truth is, the album grew on me and it didn’t take long. By the end, first time through, I was a happy man. Not only was the album not an embarrassment, it was good! In fact, it was damn good! Successive hearings have had me bopping my head and smiling like a demon because while this is not the Mark Lindsay who fronted the Raiders, this is an alter ego who approaches and on occasion equals him.
The band? Solid. On certain tracks, freaking outstanding! Special notice has to go to Gar Francis who completely blows the amp apart on a couple of tracks and whose musical legerdemain surpasses even what he did on his own project (read my review of Francis’s Shine On EP here). - Frank Gutch DON'T BELIEVE A WORD I SAY
The result: a full-length very smart, which you may say with beautiful melodies that you will not soon suddenly. Immediately with the opener, "Baby Come Back", which is smeared by very clever guitar work of Gar Francis. And then you may wonder, will there be more strong moments? How about the uplifted "Easy Street" which we go make you dive back in time and the guitar again adds the necessary nostalgia........Other highlights are definitely "Do not Stop" and "Rush On You" a tad of recognizing of Bowie's "Jean Genie".
Another highlight is undoubtedly "Show Me The Love" and we can be pleasantly delighted with "Poco Loco Crazy" which is a bit like The Jeils Band. read more, this review is originally in Dutch - Alfons Maes, Keys and Chords, Belgium
June 8, 2013
Belvidere, New Jersey
MARK LINDSAY A “LIFE OUT LOUD”
MARK LINDSAY RETURNS WITH A VENGENCE WITH “LIFE OUT LOUD” HIS FIRST TRULY ROCK & ROLL RECORD IN OVER 10 YEARS. IN FACT IT IS PROBABLY THE BEST THING HE HAS DONE SINCE 1967. AS THE FORMER LEAD SINGER OF PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS WE HAVE NOT HEARD MR LINDSAY ROCK LIKE THIS SINCE HUNGRY, GOOD THING, STEPPIN’ STONE, JUST LIKE ME, ETC.
“LIFE OUT LOUD” IS A COLLECTION OF 14 SONGS CO-WRITTEN AND CO-PRODUCED BY MARK AND VETEREN SONGWRITER/GUITARIST GAR FRANCIS. GAR IS A MEMBER OF THE NEW JERSEY GARAGE ROCK BAND THE DOUGHBOYS WHO HAVE RECEIVED MUCH ATTENTION FROM STEVEN VAN ZANDT’S SIRIUS RADIO SHOW “LITTLE STEVEN’S UNDERGROUND GARAGE”. IN FACT LITTLE STEVEN PUT HIS STAMP OF APPROVAL ON “LIFE OUT LOUD” BY SINGING AND ARRANGING THE BACKGROUND VOCALS ON THE FIRST SINGLE “LIKE NOTHING THAT YOU’VE SEEN” WHICH WAS NAMED “COOLEST SONG IN THE WORLD”.
THE BASIC TRACKS FOR “LIFE OUT LOUD” WERE RECORDED IN TWO DAYS BY KURT REIL AT THE HOUSE OF VIBES STUDIO IN HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY AND OVERDUBS, MIXING AND MASTERING WAS COMPLETED IN ANOTHER FIVE DAYS. THE IDEA WAS TO RECORD AN ALBUM LIKE THEY DID IN THE 60’S, AS LIVE AS POSSIBLE WITH MINIMAL OVERDUBS AND FRILLS. THE ALBUM FEATURES DOUGHBOYS, MIKE CARUSO ON BASS, RICHARD X HEYMAN ON DRUMS, MYKE SCAVONE ON HARMONICA, AND GRIP WEEDS DRUMMER KURT REIL, ALONG WITH GAR FRANCIS ON GUITARS, PIANO AND ORGAN AND EVEN A RIPPING SAX SOLO BY MR LINDSAY HIMSELF.
MARK IS CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH THE “HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2013” AND THE ALBUM CAN BE PURCHASED AT ANY OF THE VENUES ACROSS THE STATES AS WELL AS THROUGH BONGO BOY RECORDS, CD BABY, iTUNES, AND AMAZON.
DEBUT SINGLE BY AMERICAN IDOL KELLY CARUSO
February 27, 2012
Kelly Caruso, who grew up in Pittstown, New Jersey has just released her first single on the Bongo Boy Record label. Kelly who has been singing since a very young age, has made it twice to Hollywood as an American Idol, first on season 7 in 2008 and again on season 9 in 2010. She also won the MTV Say What ?! Karaoke Contest and Jersey Idol on New Jersey 101.5FM.
The first single “Born Dainty” was written and produced by veteran musician Gar Francis and recorded and co-produced by Kurt Reil at the House of Vibes in Highland Park, NJ. Many may know of Gar as the guitarist/songwriter from the 60’s garage rock band The Doughboys of which Kelly’s father Mike is the bass player. Kelly has been fronting the band Garden State Radio and has been touring all over the country at various night clubs and casinos to packed houses everywhere.
“Born Dainty” a modern country rocker shows off an incredibly powerful voice that would give Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert a run for their money. To download your copy of “Born Dainty” go to iTunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, Amazon, or any other major source for downloading music.
February 14, 2012
"Shine On" the new solo EP from Doughboys guitarist Gar Francis continues with that 60's Garage Rock sound that we have come to know and love so well. The first track "Shine On" starts with that 60's psychedelic groove. Next comes "Back In 1985" with a 60's type ballad feel reminiscent of a Phil Spector production. "Blue Cadillac" is a bluesy groove with production from the same inspiration as the Black Keys. "Tragedy" is a pure 12 string guitar based song about the equal opportunity everyone has in finding themselves homeless. And "I'm Still Alive" is an old Who type song declaring that the child inside still remains many years after.
" This album has no weak moments and actually ends too soon. Produced and arranged by Gar with multi-instrumentalist Dan Caruso, who also recorded, mixed and mastered the album. If you are a Doughboys fan or Plainfield Slim fan be prepared for another side of Gar Francis.
As a side bar, Gar was asked by Bruce Ferguson of the Easy Outs to produce a song for the upcoming Runaway's Tribute Album, "Take It or Leave it". The result is a smashing version of the Runaways "Is It Day Or Night" to be included on the double disc release on Main Man Records June 28, 2011. Sounds like Gar went back to his Ritchie Blackmore/Deep Purple roots for this one.
Look for both albums at selected retail stores, iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets. ##
February 2, 2010
Bongo Boy Records release's Genya Ravan
“I Won’t Cry Anymore” the new single on Bongo Boy Records, written and produced by Gar Francis, unleashes a powerhouse with the vocal dominance of New York City icon Genya Ravan.
For those of you who don’t know, Genya lead the successful all girl group Goldie and the Gingerbreads in 1962 and was signed by Atlantic boss Ahmet Ertegun. A strong woman with a powerful voice she lead the horn based rock/fusion band Ten Wheel Drive in 1969. With numerous albums and singles to her name, she is still a major force to be reckoned with. “I Won’t Cry Anymore” recaptures that authentic R&B of yesteryear and gives the listener a ringside seat to the evolution of a sophisticated women’s strengths and emotions.
This new release by writer/producer Gar Francis is a sonically polished, deceptively effortless and relentless tune that is everything we've come to expect from his pen. Indeed, this is as close as we may get today to a true emotional blending by a talented songwriter and a legendary singer.
“I Won’t Cry Anymore” celebrates liberation on all fronts with lead and background vocals from the pipes known as Genya, instantly recognizable guitar chunks & keyboards by Gar, smooth as dark chocolate bass by Danny Caruso, and precision drumming by rhythm king Bobby Chen.
This third Bongo Boy release is again mixed by the Gar Francis/Kurt Reil team at the House of Vibes in Highland Park NJ and mastered by our favorite drumming Grip Weed.
Dutch Street Organ, a fanciful instrument
making festive music on mechanically-played reed,
string and percussion instruments.