Pete Francis just completed a year of touring behind his most recent release, Iron Sea and the Cavalry, sharing stages with Rusted Root, Greyboy Allstars, and Gov't Mule. Barefoot Truth have emerged as one of the fastest-growing bands on the East Coast. They spent the fall touring behind an election-themed single and were asked to play the Obama campaign official pre-debate rally in New York between sets by Bruce Hornsby and Crosby & Nash. While both acts work on new records, the concept of merging ideas and styles is one that will be both exciting to fans and the musicians themselves.
Part singer/songwriter, part foot-stomping backbeat and part old-time rock 'n' roll, the Pete Francis/Barefoot Truth collaboration has been in the works for quite some time. Francis produced Barefoot Truth's 2006 release The Clubhouse Sessions with longtime Dispatch producer Jack Gauthier, and has joined the band on stage at multiple performances over the last 18 months. "These guys are like little brothers to me," says Francis. "Rearranging songs and learning new ones is going to bring a fresh energy to the shows."
"We've known Pete since 2006 and have since opened for him and joined him to play a song or two on stage," said Barefoot Truth guitarist J Driscoll. "The tour this winter and spring will be something different though. We all grew up on Dispatch songs, and to have one of the members of our favorite bands actually join ours for a tour is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience."
Look for Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth on tour this spring. Expect a new, one-time only EP from the quintet in March 2009.