Frank Shiner: The Best of Blue-Eyed Soul Broadway Style
It’s always a special night when singer Frank Shiner returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below and this show Lonely Town, Lonely Street promises to be his best yet. Taking its’ name from his new sophomore album, (produced by 12x Grammy winner Jay Newland) Shiner has puts his stamp on some of the best blue-eyed soul classics of all-time including songs by Elton John, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Randy Newman, The Rascals (at a recent sold-out show, the group’s guitarist Gene Cornish took the stage to join Frank on “How Can I Be Sure” and “Good Lovin”) Justin Timberlake, Amy Winehouse, Van Morrison and others. His version of Tony Joe White’s classic “Rainy Night In Georgia” has drawn raves from the songwriter himself, posting on Facebook and Twitter his fondness for Frank’s version.
With an all-star band including guitarist Sherrod Barnes (Whitney Houston, Beyonceé, Earth Wind & Fire), keyboardist Eric Finland (Greg Allman, Michael McDonald), drummer Dan Weiner (house drummer for America’s Got Talent, Wu Tang Clan), saxophonist Jay Rodriquez (Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle) and bassist Chris Anderson (Rachel Platten), expect Frank Shiner’s Lonely Town, Lonely Street to be packed with great music and a few surprises from the artist NPR says “sings these songs as if he wrote them. He sings with a maturity and a truth that comes from living and loving deeply and fully.”
Asked about how Lonley Town, Lonley Street fits into his career path, Frank Shiner smiles: “I don’t think I have a ‘career objective’ as such. I’m loving every second of what I’m doing now and if this album goes somewhere, well, that’s the cherry on top of the sundae…but I’ve already got the sundae! The greatest compliment I get is when audience members tell me they can see the total bliss and joy I have onstage. The minute I lose that, it’s time to stop.” With the release of the new album made with love and delivered with true authenticity and passion, that won’t be anytime soon.
“Shiner’s style encompasses blues, a touch of jazz and healthy dollops of R&B. He takes all three influences, mashes them up in a musical mixing bowl and then frappes it. The man can sing!”
“A tour-de-force collection of twelve songs from the songbooks of legendary Blue-eyed soul writers .”