There is a deep connection between Francis’s childhood—his obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father’s gift of a dusty Dr. John LP—and the songs he’s created. The result is an astonishing collection of material without parallel in the contemporary funk and soul scene. The influences are unmistakable: the vocal stylings of Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell; the second line rhythms of The Meters and Dr. John; the barroom rock ‘n’ roll of The Rolling Stones; the gospel soul of Billy Preston; the roots music of The Band. Francis pays tribute to the masters but has his own story to tell: “It’s the life I’ve lived so far.”
Colby Dobbs Band has been steadily increasing their fanbase, catalog of songs and overall momentum since the group’s inception that brought together an original mix of piano-driven, jazz-influenced pop songs in 2010. Colby Dobbs Band was formed by lead singer/keyboardist Colby Dobbs and bassist David J. Sentendrey after the two had previously worked on a project at a church outside Charlotte, North Carolina.