Famous Framus

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Bio

A phrase has been often used to describe the rootsy songwriting style of Famous Framus.  Born in Hamilton Ontario, he grew up fast on the streets of the “Gritty City”. As kid he was mesmerized by a man who would come to family parties and play guitar and sing old country songs at the kitchen table all night. This left a lasting impression. He cashed the first “real” paycheck he ever got and bought an acoustic guitar. A couple of years of wood-shedding the basics followed. He put the guitar down for the next few years to concentrate on working in a steel mill, breaking things, and generally raising hell.

Famous Framus picked up his guitar again in his late 20’s and began to get serious about songwriting and performing, playing shows around Hamilton and eventually from Ottawa to Victoria and all points in between. Famous Framus is a soul miner, a blues projector, and a truth teller.

A phrase has been often used to describe the rootsy songwriting style of Famous Framus.  Born in Hamilton Ontario, he grew up fast on the streets of the “Gritty City”. As kid he was mesmerized by a man who would come to family parties and play guitar and sing old country songs at the kitchen table all night.

This left a lasting impression. He cashed the first “real” paycheck he ever got and bought an acoustic guitar. A couple of years of wood-shedding the basics followed. He put the guitar down for the next few years to concentrate on working in a steel mill, breaking things, and generally raising hell.

Famous Framus picked up his guitar again in his late 20’s and began to get serious about songwriting and performing, playing shows around Hamilton and eventually from Ottawa to Victoria and all points in between. Famous Framus is a soul miner, a blues projector, and a truth teller.

Reviews

“New Horizon is the 11th superb album by local Bluesman Famous Framus but it’s also the first as a duo with his wife, Betty Bomb. Together they’ve made a dark, hypnotic and raw disc.

The duo pack a lot of punch into their incredible sound. Famous’ voice just bleeds emotion as the lyrics lead the listeners into the darker themes of heartache, abandonment and pain. His menacing, gritty guitar work accentuates the intensity. Betty’s fearsome drumming punctures through the sound to make itself heard. There’s also a bit of positivity and hope mixed in, especially in the couples only duet on the album, Blue Betty.”
– Hamilton Blues Lovers

“If you like your blues rootsy, straight up and unvarnished, with a dash of punk and hillbilly rock, Famous & Betty have you covered on New Horizon, their 2019 release….avant garde expressionism, and lyrics that take blues into the existential territory. On the drums, Betty Bomb is bombastic – the perfect foil to Famous’ dramatic lyrics and tempo-bending delivery…from a growly rhythm to jangly chords and gorgeous bell tones.”
– Art and Culture Maven

“…part street punk, part folkie, part hellraiser, part poet…he’s from Hamilton and bangs away on an old Framus guitar (we know this because
the logo is tattooed on his neck)…Famous Framus has a new CD and a voice crying to be heard.”
– Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator