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 thrills the listeners. He has a unique vocal style that let's 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."
“Franco Paletta and The Stingers are swingers and slingers with rapid
rhythm, blazing guitar, hot harp and ferocious vocals! With his unique
polished tone on harp and vocals, listening to Franco is double the
pleasure. Be ready to shake, rattle and roll like you've never shook, rattled
and rolled before! "HIRED!"....is all I'd be able to say.” ~ Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, 2011 "Keeping The Blues Alive Award" Recipient, Mary4Music