Franco Paletta and The Stingers / Bio

“Franco Paletta and The Stingers are swingers and slingers with rapid rhythm, blazing guitar, hot harp and ferocious vocals! With his unique polished tone on harp and vocals, listening to Franco is double the pleasure. Be ready to shake, rattle and roll like you've never shook, rattled and rolled before! "HIRED!"....is all I'd be able to say.”
~ Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, 2011 "Keeping The Blues Alive Award" Recipient, Mary4Music

Franco Paletta, following in the footsteps of distinguished Portland Oregon Blues legends, Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, and the impossible to forget, Paul DeLay has been a popular mainstay on the Portland Blues scene since the late 80's. Franco has performed on stages from Memphis, Chicago, San Francisco, to Seattle...and had the pleasure of playing with such greats as Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, and Magic Dick.

Playing in the harmonica styling of Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton, Big Walter, Kim Wilson, William Clarke, and Rod Piazza, “Franco blows the back off of it!" As good as his harp playing is, Franco's strong vocals are what thrills the listeners. His unique vocal style lets you know that you are listening to a true Blues Man......

In 2016 Franco was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Franco and his band, The Stingers, won the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award for "Best New Act" in 2007, and represented the CBA at the International Blues Challenge, in Memphis, in 2008 and 2013. Franco’s CD's, "Can't Kick Love"(2010), and "I Like It Just Like That"(2013) receive regular airplay on radio stations all around the world, including Europe and Sirius-XM's Bluesville.

"It's always great to hear a rollicking blues & boogie record standing out from the independent world. It's amazing to me this band remains unsigned. When I compare them to other great Northwest bands (The Insomniacs, John Nemeth) it occurs to me that they are every bit as polished and entertaining.” ~ Big Daddy, Blues Therapy Radio Station

General Info

Band Members
Franco Paletta - Harmonica/Vocals, Charles Pike - Drums/Vocals, Eric Krabbenhoft - Bass/Vocals, Dave Ward - Guitar
Artist Name
Franco Paletta and The Stingers
Profile Page
Active Since
Blues / Blues Rock

Contact Info

Portland, OR

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