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The Formerly Known / Press

"Field’s voice is a study in natural, unforced soul. Brian Graves’ slinky bass work provides an unobtrusive but irresistible thrust to the arrangements, and with highly regarded Louisiana player John Lisi on board as second guitarist, there’s no shortage of tasty six-string work." "After knocking out the second song in a Thursday-night set at the Blues Tavern, Robby Field of The Formerly Known spelled it out for his listeners: “There’s the blues ... There’s the funk ... There it is,” he said. There it is indeed, if you want a nine-word review of the self-titled album that The Formerly Known released this fall. "

“If your in the south find this band called the “Formerly Known” and get ready to hit the dance floor. Guaranteed you will kick back and observe and absorb but before the night is thru the dance floor will call you, Robby’s voice will echo thru you and a smile will come over you as your feet are moving and your hips are shaking. It’s is that Louisiana Voodoo that Robby Field has and was born with. Tonight, and unexpectedly Robby Field and the “Formally Known” gained a fan who wants to see him play again before this Journalist heads back north, to feel the magic of his Cajun Mojo self and dance one more time.”

“As the Formerly Known fired up some swampy, Louisiana-tinged blues-rock on BayFest’s Café Stage Saturday afternoon, the biggest smile in the audience seemed to belong to stage manager Rick Hodges. ........But guitarists Robby Field and John Lisi, bassist Brian Graves and drummer Josh McNaughton brought plenty of new music to the stage, with a brand-new CD on sale at a nearby table. (For more on the new album, visit www.theformerlyknown.com.) Lisi, a well-known Louisiana musician, added considerable fireworks on lead guitar, resonator guitar and mandolin.”