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L.C. Franke

Welcome to the world of L.C. Franke, an Austin, TX-based vocalist that makes easy listening for anxious times—sophisticated jazz-pop that smolders with woodwind trills and orchestral swells, surrounding a worldly croon that harkens back to an age of barstool balladeers like Frank Sinatra, Scott Walker, and Blossom Dearie. Franke sings sentimental, smoke-gets-in-your-eyes songs that are rendered as sharp as a custom-cut suit, evoking lonely subway rides past abandoned automats, and those halcyon days before the Brill Building housed a CVS.

His early shows opening for the likes of The Walkmen (Official ACL FEST Nights) and The Wallflowers have already given audiences an early entry into L.C. Franke’s twilit jazz-club spell. His debut headline show at Monks Jazz Club in Austin, TX in December sold out almost immediately, and Franke will make numerous appearances across 2024 in the lead-up to the release of his forthcoming debut album, a stunning showcase recorded with an ensemble of award-winning, master musicians and artists.

Recorded with a full orchestra over the course of two long weekends in Central Texas, L.C. Franke’s forthcoming debut, much like himself, is full of mystery,

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Events featuring L.C. Franke

Mar 14, 2024
11:00pm — 11:40pm
Austin, TX, United States