Folks aren’t used to seeing Franchot Tone out front of a musical project. The Bend resident is best known as the co-founder of the groovy roots-reggae outfit Culver City Dub Collective, and locally, he made a splash a couple years ago by producing singer-songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence’s self-titled album, which helped propel Lawrence to the point he’s at now: moving to L.A. and rising through the music industry. (Read all about CCDC here, and the Lawrence/Tone synergy here.)
Over the past several months, though, Tone has been holed up in his studio at Rage Productions, slowly but surely piecing together his first solo project. Last I heard, he still had a ways to go before he’ll be releasing anything, but on Monday, he shipped over a sneak peek at his first completed track, which sounds pretty much like what we all know Tone can do well: sun-baked, easygoing, reggae-flavored pop-rock. You can download it here:
Want to catch Tone live? You’re in luck; he’s just begun playing out with a band that includes Nate Berry on drums and Craig Brown on bass. They’ll perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the free post-Pole Pedal Paddle party at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend.
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