Title - 'Austin Texas the Rock Opera'
Artist - Franky and the Band
For those not in the know, Franky and the Band is actually novelist, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, and engineer by day Fehmi Nuhoglu. Austin, TX-based Nuhoglu aka Franky has just released a new concept album title Austin Texas The Rock Opera and chock full of superb singing and rich in both sound and musical genres, boy, is this album truly a rich gem to behold in this business.
This album, together with the book "A Love Like Texas Weather", is a tribute to Austin, TX, which deeply inspired Nuhoglu with its diversity in music, unique lifestyle and tranquility. To all of the most incredible musicians, soulful singers, engineers, artists and everyone involved with Franky And the Band, he has given much thanks, as we, the listener must also do. For it is obvious that all of them associated with this body of work give their all for this tremendously poignant, and heart felt Austin City tribute.
We begin with the delightful acoustic guitar ballad 'Austin I'm Flying', before we head into the upbeat country twang of 'Austin Rodeo', the fist-pumpin' soft metal rock of 'Live Music Capitol', and then both 'the blues funk of 'Texas Weather (Shadow Queen)', and then one of my own personal favorites, the pure emotional elegance of the ballad 'Magic In The Air.'
The mid-tempo country vibe of 'Rancho Austinado' is a fun ride, and that's backed by the fast guitar-pickin' of 'Dance With Me Mom', the uptempo ballad, 'Austin Holds A Place' (which, at moments, is also very rhythmically similar to 'Save The Last Dance For Me'), and then we're back to soft guitar rock with 'Austin Save My Love (Losing You).'
The OTT hipsway Latino roll of 'Amor Amor Amor' is a fun moment, and that's backed by the down and dirty blues of 'Austin Prison Blues,' the triumphant and insistent 'Austin Marching', beofre the album comes to a close with the New Orleans swing blues vibe of 'Austin Where I Long To Be.'
'Austin Texas the Rock Opera' CD Purchase Link
'A Love Like Texas Weather' Book Purchase Link