Michigan rock & soul artist Stewart Francke releases his 11th title, Heartless World
, his first CD of new music since 2002. The album's single, Summer Soldier (Holler If Ya Hear Me)
features Bruce Springsteen on vocals along with Francke. ''This is a tremendously cool thing for Bruce to do,'' Francke says, ''and of course a real honor. He found something in it compelling enough to join me, and I'm still a bit knocked out about it all. His involvement ups the ante on my entire career.'' Boo Yah (Take My Mother Home)
, another standout track, is a funky vamp with Amp Fiddler on clavinet and Detroit rock and soul legend Mitch Ryder on vocals. Stewart and his Band are also opening some Midwestern shows with the recently-launched Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Spring tour. The release of Heartless World
will also be supported with a headlining Michigan mini-tour this summer, with Francke and his band playing select CD release concerts in Detroit, Ann Arbor and other summer concert stops. ''This whole project has seemed charmed since we began recording,'' Francke says. ''It all sounds kinda like Ray Davies and Holland-Dozier-Holland jammin' together, which is that combination I've been aspiring to my whole career.''