Originally Published: May 14, 2009 8:30 p.m.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Denice Franke will perform a Granite Peak Folk Sessions concert 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, with blues guitarist Lamar Hill. Admission is $10.
The former partner of Doug Hudson in the 1970s folk-rock band The Beacon City Boys and the 1980s duo Hudson and Franke, Franke has recorded harmonies on records by Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and Hal Ketchum.
Seven years after releasing the second of a pair of albums produced by Eric Taylor, the Dallas-born singer/songwriter comes into her own with her third solo effort, "Gulf Coast Blue."
Inspired by a move to Galveston, Texas, after lengthy periods in Austin, San Marcos, and Houston, the album was produced by Mark Hallman (Carole King, Eliza Gilkyson) and musically captures the characters and life along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
Franke's songs are framed in a variety of settings, with the acoustic guitar sparseness of "Elegance" and the piano-and-djembe simplicity of "Weather is Fine" balanced by the organ, bass, and electric guitar of "Gibraltar" and "Cool Water" and the swampy slide guitar of "Hounds."