Francesca Brown releases her new video for the track titled ‘Hashslingin’ Blues’. Francesca undoubtedly has a voice not only for traditional country but a powerful voice for music. I think she could sing anything with the power and feeling she exudes behind that voice of hers. But, for the genre she has chosen, she really knows what she is doing. She captures those little nuances and inflections that mad Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline the legends they are.
The video shows that suave demeanor Francesca effortlessly projects showing an earnestness that is sadly lacking in today’s music scenes.
Francesca Brown is the real thing.
About Francesca Brown
Singer-songwriter Francesca Brown is a California girl, steeped in the sound and visual traditions of the Southwest. Her love for old-time country and folk is offset by an inherent Laurel Canyon hippie vibe and a deep appreciation for the Blues stemming from her shared midwestern roots. All of these influences coexist in her evocative soundscapes, which fall somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Loretta Lynn.
Brown’s early life wasn’t always easy being raised in an unstable environment moving between California and Illinois. Homelife was a serious challenge and in many ways Francesca raised herself, waitressing as a teen. “Waitressing was my financial stability, but I also had my dreams,” she reflects. “I never expected to be working in restaurants this long.” Around 2012, Brown’s sister passed unexpectedly, and soon after her mother fell ill with cancer. She became her mother’s primary caregiver while simultaneously raising her infant son. It was a trying period for Brown whose priority was to maintain stability for her son, even though at times she felt overwhelmed with anger and sadness.
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Music became her lifeline, and after she weathered the storm, Francesca was able to channel her grief into a debut LP, Collide, and began spreading her classic folk vibes through the California desert and mountain towns. 2016’s Collide was followed by the Whiskey Barrel Blues EP in 2017 and the single “Honey I’m a Woman” in 2018. These were fiercely independent proclamations from a woman coming into her own and were soon recognized with airplay from the likes KCSN and Nic Harcourt’s “9 O’Clock News.” “I see that there is such a deep fear for women to really unwind and just be, the way a man can,” Brown says. “I really try to speak my truth as a woman, even if it’s ugly and vulgar. It’s more important to be strong and empowered than to be accepted as pretty and delicate.”
Brown’s latest single deals with the reality of hustling waiting tables while holding faith her dreams come to fruition. The track glistens with an upbeat twang and weary steel pedal guitar – a plaintive throwback country song, in the vein of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” single. “Hashslingin’ Blues’ is all about having paid your dues and finally being recognized for what you’re passionate about,” Francesca asserts. “Not all those other side hustles we musicians and artists must do to survive.”
Images by Erik Austin Savoy.