CAMPFIRE: This show features the hardworking singer-songwriters who go it alone – the troubadours and folkies, the storytellers and poets – those who captivate with a simple strum. From coffeehouse gigs to sold-out arena shows, solo singer-songwriters can quiet a room of people with the power of a song, and that phenomenon deserves a show of its own. A whole generation inspired by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.
Meet your Host for Campfire – Frannie Houston, Memphis, TN
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Memphis bred Singer-Songwriter Frannie Houston brings to the table a mixture of classic country, blues, roots, and rock n roll. Channeling Gram Parsons’ self proclaimed Cosmic American style, she’s “too hippie for country, too country for rock n roll”- a product which she most attributes to growing up in the mixed arts community of South Main.
From being surrounded by the rich culture of places such as Earnestine and Hazels to helping out in local family-run businesses in the area, she is a South Main native at heart. Currently, Frannie is pursuing a career in music herself, while also working for the famous Lansky’s in the Peabody Hotel. Through this, she is able to meet other aspiring musicians, as well as some of her idols, growing her passion for music even more.
Classically trained in piano and viola, she steered toward her family history of Americana and roots music as she grew older. A banjo, harmonica, and guitar are now her preferred instruments. Frannie is a seasoned concert goer and traveler, so keep your eyes peeled, but she is probably standing next to the guy in the Nudie’s suit.
Keywords: Singer-songwriter, solo, acoustic, folk Sounds like: Iron & Wine, Ryan Adams, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jason Isbell, Valerie June