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deFrance to open for Foghat

by Bradly Gill | September 18, 2023 at 5:00 a.m.

Camden native Drew DeFrance and his band deFrance will take the stage with rock legends Foghat on September 20 and the show promises to be anything but a slow ride.

Defrance said that band will perform as a trio as they open for the classic rockers.

"We have Connor Roach on bass and Xavier Acklin on drums. I think this show we're going to probably do it as a trio because we've been doing that for about the past few months and it's got a very cool Double Trouble, Jimi Hendrix kind of vibe to it," he said.

Sometimes referred to as the "hardest working band in Arkansas," deFrance has performed nearly 1,000 shows since 2015. Originally from Camden, the band now calls Little Rock home, but they're often out on tour, having performed in the past with Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Whiskey Myers, Shooter Jennings, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and more.

The band isn't taking a rest after the show and will continue hitting the road.

"So right after the show, we're going to go to Cincinnati and then after that, we're going to be in Indiana. And then I think we're going to Benton Harbor, Michigan after that. So, I mean, that gives you idea what we were doing. Just been all over the place," DeFrance said.

Towards the end of this month the band is heading back to Arkansas and playing a number of dates.

DeFrance, who has also opened up for the likes of Vanilla Ice, L.A. Gunns and others are continuing in that vein and once again opening up for the band they've formed a relationship with.

He said, "They're, at this point, friends of ours because we opened up for them a couple times and so it's cool, you know, every time they're around, we go see them, and you know... Those are one of my favorite bands from when I was younger. I remember going to watching them in El Dorado at MusicFest in like 2001 like that... So it's pretty cool to have that come full circle."

He also added that Foghat has shaped his music.

"I've always been a fan of their live record 'Foghat Live,' that's one of the best live records ever... up there with Frampton and all the other great live records. They've got 'I Just Want to Make Love to You,' which is a Muddy Waters cover -- so many great songs and they're all just a lot of fun to play on the guitar. So, you know, we've definitely gotten to use their influence on some of our music before, so anytime we can play with the band, it's like oh these guys actually influence the way we play and sound. It's like, you know, that's really cool for us," he said.

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