Take a pitch-perfect pinch of reggae, a sun-fried splash of SoCal pop-rock and a heaping of Meters-style funk and soul and you’ve got Franchot Tone‘s brew.
Emerging first while working from within the everso promising shadows of the musical scene, the Oregon-based singer/songwriter/producer was not always in the limelight.
Instead, he at first chose to put his musical talent into other noted musicianâ€™s projects: choosing creativity and fulfillment over musical fame – which I personally see in itself as being a true artist.
Tone predominantly merged with the West Coast music scene and its upincoming artist and now calls the West Coast his home, signing with PFT Records in Topanga, CA, just north of Los Angeles.
Tone has built an impressive resume, both as a performer and as a studio wizard. His best-known work is as part of the Culver City Dub Collective, the critically acclaimed band he co-founded with drummer Adam Topol.
He has also performed on stage with Garth Brooks, Jack Johnson, Ozomatli, ALO and The Doorsâ€™ Robby Krieger, and he has opened for The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, The English Beat, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Greyboy Allstars, Piers Faccini and Forro In The Dark.
The list of artists Tone has worked with in the studio or produced tracks for is long, highlighted by Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, The Used, Money Mark, Bedouin Soundclash, Goldfinger, Cava, Tom Dumont (No Doubt) and Fredo Ortiz (Beastie Boys) and his own band, the Culver City Dub Collective.
Working from behind-the-scenes truly takes this sort of quiet strength in the music world.
On the other hand, it takes someone with an even ballsier backbone to step into the limelight from the shadows.
Frankly, Tone posses both of these qualities.
Over the past several months, Toneâ€™s solo path has revealed itself with his first full-length debut album,Â Thanks for This. Tone is taking center stage for the first time in his music career and setting a promising tone for the future ahead.
â€œIt became abundantly clear that I had to have an album, and Iâ€™d just never made it. So now Iâ€™m in this spot with all the best players in the world. I see â€˜em daily, and I can just go over at any time to their studio and have â€˜em do this track or that track or whatever.â€ – Tone.
Thereâ€™s no concept or underlining theme for the album, nor any complicated or sappy story. Just a bunch of light hearted and feel good songs that possess this smooth, sunbaked pop-rock sound embellished with a healthy dose of reggae, a slight hint of Latin flavor with that SoCal beachy vibe.
Itâ€™s a different light for Tone, but heâ€™s letting it shine.
Purchase Tone’s album via iTunes for $9.90 and let that SoCal vibe seep into your eardrums.