Hometown: Portland, OR
Sounds Like: Kim Wilson, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Little Walter, James Cotton, Rod Piazza
“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
“I Just received the newest release, "I Like It Just Like That", from Franco Paletta and it's really tasty!....This is a really cool recording and one that is a cut above much of what I hear every day. Super job guys!”
Bman - Bman's Blues Report
“...Franco Paletta and The Stingers are swingers and slingers. Rapid rhythm, pounding piano, hot harp and ferocious vocals......
...With his 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.
......As he has for the last forty five minutes, Franco is once again blowing me away with his strong - yet smooth and soulful vocals. William Clarke, Rod Piazza, Darrell Nulisch you now have company as my favorite vocalists.
"Can't Kick Love" - a sure candidate for the 2011 Blewzzy Award.”
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, 2011 "Keeping The Blues Alive Award" Recipient - Mary4Music
"Been listening to my advance copy of Franco and the Stingers new CD "Can't Kick Love". WOW, what a jammin disc!!! You guys can hear it when it comes out! And Franco is our next guest on Scott and Randy - The Podcast. . . . Don't miss it!
Randy Morrison - Scott and Randy Show
"Looking for a new CD to get things jumping? Well, you certainly cannot go wrong with this outstanding release from Franco Paletta & The Stingers. It sizzles and breathes blues fire. Full of passion and at times gives a little sass. Start listening and it’s going to put you in its grasp. There’s no escape; it’s just too good not to listen through to the very end...!!"
Greg Johnson, President Cascade Blues Association - Blues Notes
“...Franco Paletta & The Stingers are a great example. I was vaguely familiar with this Portland, OR band but never knew much about them....In short order he sent me a CD and I soon became pleasantly surprised. The nine originals on this disk are all keepers. There isn't a weak song in the bunch. The music reminds me a lot of the stylings of Roomful of Blues or the James Harman Band. Franco's unique vocals and sweet harp playing really standout as does the writing on the catchy tunes included here. In 2007 Franco represented the Cascade Blues Association in the International Blues Challenge competition in Memphis. Although the competition there is among the toughest you will ever find Franco did well. 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