Back in the 1970s Boston band Johanna Wild had already made an impression on the local music scene and were poised to break on a national level when they decided to call it quits. Members Jeff Linscott and Troy Douglas Sutler parted ways with Jon Butcher and Derek Blevins and started to write new material while they searched for a drummer. Danny Archambeault had recently left Third Rail and was a perfect fit.
France played their first gig in September of 1979 and quickly attracted a following. The press paid attention. By summer of 1980 they were invited to the 2nd WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble. This was the first year the event was at the infamous RAT in Kenmore Square. Surprise. France won second prize.
When you are young you never know how lucky you are to find success in such a competitive arena. Some are intuitive and run to open doors. Some find the attention, adulation and party atmosphere more attractive. The latter was the downfall of France.
A while after the breakup there was an attempt at a reunion but it failed to generate the momentum of their former glory. The end.
40 years later France is back in the studio. The songs that became fan favorites will be posted here first.
Later on they will be recording new material.
Three diverse individuals forming one unique band. France’s music blends many styles and produces a hybrid sound all their own.The trio has forged its way back to the Boston scene after a successful first go around in the 80's.
Bass and Lead Vocals: Troy Douglas Sutler III
Lead Guitar and Vocals: Jeff Linscott
Drums and Vocals: Danny Archambeault
Nice and early at 9pm!
Come see us play. We go on at 9pm!
Today at 1PM. Not sure if it is LIVE but will post a link soon!
Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green Street, Worcester
We go on stage a little past MIDNIGHT!!
Formerly Sir Morgans Cove. Most famous for the surprise Rolling Stones show.
We are no strangers to this stage. Played there since the 70's
The Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA
Bunratty's Reunion and Fundraiser for the Abel Harris Jr. Scholarship Fund
Starts at 4pm and goes into the night
FRANCE performs from 7:45PM to 8PM
There will be several old friends and faces there. Everything UNPLUGGED!!!