Franco Paletta and the Stingers

Since breaking into the Portland Blues scene in the Mid-80's, Franco Paletta has become one of the mainstays of the city's Blues fans. His dynamic harp style and unique vocals has made him one of Portland's favorite Blues personalities.

 

His Harmonica influences include: Sonny Boy Williamson, Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton, Kim Wilson, William Clark, Rod Piazz and others.

 

"There are just so many great players; I try to take a little from each of them! I mix'em up, and it just comes out Franco."

 

As good as his Harp Playing is, Franco's strong vocals are what thrill the listeners. He has a unique vocal style that lets you know that you are listening to a true Bluesman.

 

"I don't try to sound like anyone. When people listen to me sing they get pure Franco. I've been given a gift, and when I sing the Blues, it's my way of passing that on to someone else."

 

He has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a virtual Who's Who of Portland's Blues Luminaries, including Paul DeLay, Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Peter Dammon, Jim Mesi, Chris Carlson, Duffy Bishop, Jimi Bott, Dave Kahl, Dover Weinburg, Suburban Slim, Robbie Laws, Terry Robb, Doug Rowell, and Norman Sylvester to name a few.

 

In 2007 Franco won the Cascade Blues Association's "Journey to Memphis" Competition and was privileged to represent the CBA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.

 

Franco has also been seen at festivals regularly around the Northwest including the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, OR; Winthrop Blues Festival in Winthrop, WA. The Tri-Cities Blues Festival in Walla-Walla, WA. and The Biscuits and Blues Festival in San Francisco, CA.

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