Inspired by many trailblazers the likes of Jimi Hendricks, Frank Zappa, Steve Morse, Tommy Tedesco, Steely Dan, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, and too many more to list. John Franco’s musicianship is uncanny. Self-taught, his command of the guitar is awe-inspiring, raw, passionate, deliberate and his voice ... unforgettable.
His chord progressions and guitar leads are moving, musically penetrating, and transcend from his heart and soul right to his fingers. Franco’s performances unearth emotions and resonate a listener's core.
Bass (New Jersey, USA)
During his high school years, he was offered to play with the Stray Dogs who were signed to Multi Median, New Jersey. Chris was then picked up by Regina Richard’s and The Red Hot who were signed to A & M Records, performing shows with Billy Idol, Squeeze, Stray Cats and Robert Gordon. During this same time, Chris was procuring his place as a live and studio recording engineer in New Jersey. Chris’s high energy Bass playing and backing vocals were the backbone for Amazing Grace who were signed to Cellar Door Management and toured with Slaughter, Winger, Tesla, Trixter, Lillian Axe and also headlining their own shows. Chris has performed live with Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow) Leslie West of Mountain, Steve Loungo (John Entwistles solo band) Paul Morris (Rainbow) and Slash (Guns and Roses).
Performing Large clubs and arenas touring throughout the United States. Chris' high energy, solid performance and backing vocals is what he delivered to every show.
Chris’s bass playing is heard on TV commercials, Movie soundtracks, TV sitcoms, and in over 100 various bands.
As a Mixing/Recording studio owner and session bassist Chris is still passionate about music, loves playing live, recording and mixing!
In California found Chris and his band mate penning a deal with Capitol Records and having a worldwide release with Parlour/Marjorie Fair.
Currently playing with The Walls Of Sound & House of Lords.
Credits have him aligned with “Jack Russell’s Great White”, Perfect Beings, Jim Keltner, Joey Waronker, Billy Preston, Nile Rogers, Bob Clearmountain, Rob Schnapf, Jon Brion, Stephen Bray, Todd Burke, Eddie Krammer, Marty Rifkin, Patrick Warren and Kim Bullard. Full bio on his website www.christristram.com/about.html
When I was on tour with Blood, Sweat and Tears in 1989, I was contacted by Dave LaRue about auditioning for Steve Morse. Dave and I were in a band called Stretch in New Jersey and we had developed a great chemistry together.
I learned Ice Cakes, The Odyssey, Night Meets Light and Cruise Missile and the three of us got together in New Jersey while Steve was on tour with Kansas. A month or so later we went on tour to support High Tension Wires and the rest is history. We’ve enjoyed quite a collaboration over the years and continue to record and tour when the schedules permit.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS: I started working with Enrique in 2001. After two days of rehearsal we were asked to perform on the “Tribute to the Hero's” telethon along side Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Cheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and many others. More important than all the celebrities in attendance was the cause and the feeling at Sony Studios that night which is something I'll never forget. Since then we’ve supported several CD’s world tours and have playing most major TV shows and arenas around the world.
Other bands I have supported: Blood Sweat & Tears, Billy Joel, Kansas, CIARA, NENA, Pitbull, Juan Luis Guerra., Ludacris, Naughty By Nature, Nicoke Sherzinger, Gloriana, Joan Osbourne, Ronnie James, Dio, Steve Vai, and so many more.
Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars, and Keyboard (NY, NY, USA)
Dave grew up in New York City the son of a noted gifted composer arranger producer Sammy “Forever” Fields. From the time Dave was young he grew up in his father’s recording studio being exposed to the best NYC studio musicians of the time and artists such as the likes of Sammy Kahn, Rupert Holmes and Stevie Wonder. After attending Berklee College of music, Dave was immersed in the NYC music scene as a composer/arranger/producer & first call guitarist/multi instrumentalist. Dave’s father made sure Dave was well schooled in not just the blues but also every style of music.
Growing up in NYC exposed Dave to a “smorgasbord” of different music and instruments, piano being Dave’s first instrument. That list of instruments he plays soon grew to bass, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, pedal steel, ukulele and drums to name just a few. No more is that more apparent than on Dave’s Song “New York City Nights” where Dave plays every instrument except for violin (Gary Oleyar). You can see Dave’s keyboard prowess at his shows where he often doubles on piano and organ.
NY Boss Guitar Man” and 2012 NY Blues Hall Of Fame inductee Dave Fields has performed and continues to perform all over the world. His awards include: Best Self Produced CD 2006 at the IBC for producing BACK IN BLUESVILLE, 2009-2010 Mojo Boogie Award, Big City Blues Magazine Happy To Have The Blues Lifetime Achievement Award. Legendary British bluesman John Mayall recorded Dave’s song “Train To My Heart” on his CD “TOUGH”. Dave’s CD’s TIME’S A WASTIN’, ALL WOUND UP, DETONATION & ALL IN have all garnered international success.
Dave’s list of recording session, record dates, jingles and TV commercials are an impressive list including works with Ahmed Ertegen, IBM, Publishers Clearance House to name a few. His tenure at the legendary NYC music house LOOK music led Dave to create his own music company: Fields Music.
Dave’s yearnings was to be more than just a craftsman, his passion for music could not be satisfied with just being a writer for hire. Dave, “I believe I was put on this earth to spread joy, love and life to everyone through my music. I try to do that what every note I play, with every lyric I write and sing. If I do anything less than that I feel like I’m letting the listener down”. Nowhere is that feeling more evident than when you hear Dave play. His gift of making his guitar talk combined with his uncanny way of weaving many different styles of music together is an example of how we as humans are a tapestry of many different cultures and walks of life. Full bio found on www.davefields.com/bio