Freddy & Francine is the result of a multitude of late-night writing sessions between Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. Drawing from influences like The Rolling Stones, The Swell Season and Ryan Adams, Hits Magazine says that “Freddy & Francine are building their story behind beautiful vocal harmonies, a solid writing style and a captivating live set.”
Between 2008 and 2010, Freddy & Francine became favorites on the Los Angeles live circuit, building a word-of-mouth following and drawing over 100 fans to regular gigs at venues that include Hotel Café, Vermont Restaurant, McCabe’s and the Cinema Bar. Additionally, a feature of their song “Brownstone Alley” as TOP TUNE on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic helped to bolster the group’s iTunes sales for their self titled EP and their first album, “The Briar Patch.”
A four year hiatus saw Lee Ferris touring the globe as Carl Perkins with Broadway’s “Million Dollar Quartet” while Bianca Caruso co-created and starred in a musical comedy show called “Zabruso” which has cultivated a strong Los Angeles cult following and has taken her to the stages at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival.
In their first three months back together, Freddy & Francine have already played to sold out shows in and around L.A. and there’s no telling what comes next.
“Jeff Martin was my favorite Northwest discovery last year! His fluid, expressive vocal style fits perfectly with this unique balance of universal insight and personal experiences in songs. Jeff already deserves to be mentioned in the upper tier of national songwriters.”
— Mike Meyer, KRVM-fm, Hope Chest Productions
“The naked emotion captured in his songs accompanied by only the six-strings he plays, puts the listener between this man’s ears and heart. Hearing his songs is a lot like getting a musically guided tour inside the thoughts of a man who is trying to make sense of the world around him. Martin’s songs are easy to listen to and linger over.
— Nancy Glass, Eugene Daily News
“Jeff’s CD Gold on the Water is full of soul and stunning poetry and he puts it all out there with a voice like finely aged whiskey and a touch of honey. Stellar songwriting combined with first-rate guitar work make him a voice that stands out in the crowd. I say drop what you are doing, put his CD in the CD player and go lie on the couch. You’ll be delighted that you did.”
— Karen Olch, KRVM-fm, Acoustic Junction
Raised among the ferns and the farmland of Northern Washington, lyric-driven songwriter Anna Tivel loved words long before they became the backbone of her music. After moving to Oregon in 2007, she slowly discovered the friendly music scene as a fiddle player, and soon after picked up the guitar and began to write. Her latest album was released in June 2014 on Portland's well-loved Fluff and Gravy Records. Anna is based in Portland, OR and spends her time reading and writing and touring and fiddling and watching her dog try to catch flies by the window.
"These are organic songs that freely reveal the poetry of the mind, heart, and soul, the sharp imagery of the world translated into sound." - No Depression
"Anna's strength is that of a lyricist. Her songs are filled with lines that intrigue and haunt." - David Steinberg