Category Archives: Interview

WBEZ Interview About “Rahm Songs”

I appeared on the WBEZ program The Afternoon Shift on May 27, 2014, and talked with host Niala Boodhoo about my new album of Chicago-inspired songs titled “Rahm Songs.”

WBEZ InterviewLocal musician rehashes old lyrics for ‘Rahm Songs’

Logan Square songwriter Andrew Francis first started writing protest songs directed against our previous mayor. But as it turns out, Francis finds his songs are still particularly relevant today. He wrote “CTA Blues” back in 2006, and with very few tweaks he was able to rehash the song for his mini-album, ‘Rahm Songs.’ He joins us in studio to talk about the inspirations for his music and lyrics, and his experience reworking his old songs.

— May 27, 2014 — Niala Boodhoo — The Afternoon ShiftWBEZ 91.5fm

Listen to the interview and live performances of the updated, Rahm Emanuel versions of “Mister Mayor Says” and “Talkin’ CTA Blues” above, or by clicking here. Download the interview by right clicking here and selecting “Save As…”

And, download the album “Rahm Songs” for free right here.


DNAinfo Chicago Interview

Andrew Francis' 'Talkin' Chicago Blues' Protest Songs Get New LifeCheck out this article by Mark Konkol on DNAinfo Chicago where I gave an interview about some Chicago-inspired songs that I recently rewrote. Read it here.

Listen to the songs from the album or download them for free on bandcamp.

And be sure to check in regularly to my Tumblr page where I post new songs (and updated versions of old songs) every week.

The Talkin’ Headline Blues #77

Here’s the version of Talkin’ Headline that I performed live on WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight on Friday, April 20. You can read about that here, as well as listen to the interview I gave and see a video of the complete song. Yeah, I did holster up the wrong mouth harp for the video. So what.

If you want, you can listen to the full, hour-long show here. I do an instrumental version of “Leavin’ You” in the middle and also a quick verse of “40 days and 40 nights” at the end of the show.

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