Robert Francis is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and poet. He has released several acclaimed albums, including Before Nightfall which earned him an RIAA Certified Gold Album in France. Entertainment Weekly called his debut “so perfect I’ve listened to this record over 10 times in the last two days." Black Book called his music “hauntingly beautiful” and NPR described him as a “young man with an old soul."
His mother is from the rancho of San Dieguito De Abajo, Mexico. His father was born in Van Nuys and founded the classical record label “Genesis Records.” This eclectic background allowed Francis a unique perspective on the American pastoral. His wind-swept guitar and “lonesome whistle blow” production carries the torch from Jack Nietzsche to Link Wray.
As a session musician he can be heard on the Happy Monday's Uncle Dysfunktional, Ry Cooder's “Prodigal Son”, Scarlett Johansson's “Breakup” and Father John Misty's “One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong" among others.
Francis will release his first book of poetry, Mackerel Sky via Arrow Press in 2023. He lives with his wife, son and three dogs on a small ranch in Shadow Hills, California where he operates a recording studio from his barn. He enjoys Larry Brown, Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson and “watching all sorts of poor television.” He is an avid angler and equine conservator.
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