The Official Site of John Francis


Brother's Keeper

Art is a journey. A wandering path between brushstrokes and melodies.

As artists, we watch and we listen. Beauty and sadness are one and the same. We lay down colors and chords to find our way through endless possibilities and carve out our compositions late into the night. We endeavor to give voices to those who have been silenced and faces to those who have been forgotten. Our search is for stories untold.

Join us on our journey. John Francis and Tessa Meier collaborate to reveal these 5 stories – in brushstrokes and in melodies, in more than words.

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Coal Miner’s Daughter and me

Loretta Lynn and me backstage after the show. I gave her those roses! In the second photo she’s telling me secrets…


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John Francis with fiddler / singer Sarah Larsen, opening for Loretta Lynn

Opening for Loretta Lynn

Hi there friends, new and old.

News just in: I’m opening for Loretta Lynn at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on November 30.

Get your tickets while you still can:



Announcing JF’s show on Music City Roots!

Broadcast live on Lightning 100 FM, Nashville.

August 29.

JF will perform with Kenny Vaughan on guitar…

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Wild Goose Festival and Music City Roots

Hi. John Francis here…

Have you heard of the Wild Goose Festival ?  In Shakori Hills, North Carolina. Great bands, performers, and speakers at the crossroads of art and justice. I’ll be playing, along with other performers Over the Rhine, Michelle Shocked, and many others. I am really looking forward to this! ~~~~ June 21 – 24 ~~~~ 


Happy to announce that I am returning to Music City Roots, at the Loveless Barn Stage in Nashville, TN.  August 29.  I’m bringing my friends Kenny Vaughan on guitar, Ken Coomer on drums, and Dave Roe on bass. Filmed for PBS and airing live on Lightning 100, Nashville. 

For more summer tour dates click here

Take it easy…but take it. ~ John Francis 


Welcome to the new website!

Hello there friends!

I want to personally welcome you to the new site. Thanks for coming! I’ll be checking in here frequently, and writing to you, in the hopes that you’ll check in here often too.  There’s a place for your comments, I welcome them.  Let’s get a conversation goin’.  I’ll  post from the road with exciting news, new videos, and lyrics, as well as related and/or unrelated thoughts.  I hope you like what you see and hear.  If you do like it, go ahead and leave a personal comment to me, I’ll read it and be sure to comment back! Also, go ahead and have a look on facebook and “like” my music page while you’re at it.

So, 2011 was a BIG year.   Let me catch you up for a second?

My current record “The Better Angels”, produced by John Carter Cash and recorded at the legendary Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, TN, has really grown wings.  Within a month of releasing it, “Angels” was in the top 10 MOST ADDED to Americana radio in the US.  It climbed to #18 on the AMA Charts, and was also featured on OUTLAW COUNTRY (Sirius XM), The Village, The Loft, WSM – Official Station of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, WXPN in Philadelphia, KXCI in Tucson, WUMB in Boston, NPR, CBS, RTE (Ireland), DRS-1 (Switzerland), and loads of other radio stations around the States and abroad.

Two songs received national lyricist awards from ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers): ‘Love Came to Me Dressed in Red’- Sammy Cahn Lyricist of the Year, and ‘Who?’ – the Jay Gorney Socially Conscious Lyricist of the Year’. A huge honor, on both counts.

Just as I did the last few years, I played 200+ shows in 2011.  I got to literally share the stage with Tom Paxton and Dan Bern at the 50th Philadelphia Folk Festival, mind-blowing. Also played with Josh Ritter and Ani DiFranco at the Appel Farm Festival! Toured in the UK and Ireland, as well as all over the deep South (USA), North East, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and South West. Played in some of the most renown listening rooms and theaters out there, such as the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan…World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Rockwood Music Hall in New York City…Thacker Mountain Stage in Oxford, Mississippi…Cyprus Avenue in Cork, Ireland…the Guthrie Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts…the 12 Bar and the Bedford in London…Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia…Music City Roots Live at the Loveless Barn in Nashville…and the list goes on…


You’ll never believe what also happened.  I still find it hard to believe because of how surreal and beautiful it is.  I played for the inaugural Johnny Cash Music Festival, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Kris Kristofferson, Roseanne Cash, George Jones, John Carter Cash, Tommy Cash, Laura Cash, Joanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Chelsea Crowell, Daily and Vincent, and about 8000 audience members celebrated the life and legacy of Johnny Cash.  I got to sing “Folsum Prison Blues” with John Carter, and a song that he and I wrote together called, “No One Gets Out of Here Alive”.  Rolling Stone said we “…brought the crowd to a roar”..! It was a highlight of the night.  The festival was taped for a PBS television special to be aired soon. I’ll let ya know when!  Best part: all proceeds are going to restore Johnny’s boyhood home in nearby Dyess.  What a dream it was!

As I write this, I am in Phoenix, Arizona.  I played in Tucson last night, and I’ll be in Phoenix for an outdoor concert event this Saturday.  Then I’m off for a European tour, starting in Switzerland!  One of my favorite places on earth – Zurich. If you are in Switzerland, Feb.9, come on out to the CD Release Concert at Stall 6. I’m playing with a new band backing me up, these guys are from Zurich, and they truly ROCK.  Go to the SHOWS page to see upcoming and newly announced Switzerland and Germany tour dates!

Well that’s all for now folks!  Thank you for visiting, and come on back soon…

Take it easy, but take it.

John Francis


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