Franz Nicolay

Hex Education Journal: What made you want to come out with a solo album now? Did you feel the time was just right?

Franz Nicolay: I feel the time is right to start setting the groundwork. Before joining World/Inferno I had fronted my own band, but I was having no success, nobody cared. So when I joined World/Inferno and it was a band that actually had fans I was like "thank god!" I just sort of put that part of myself aside for five or six years, but I knew it was something I was going to turn to, and one of the benefits of being in World/Inferno was that I had been that I was able to do a lot of different projects and one of the things I was missing in the intense and steady touring process was the opportunity to do different kinds of music. I was afraid of getting re-defined as a piano player in a rock band.
While I do a certain amount of songwriting in The Hold Steady Im sort of the John Paul Jones or George Harrison of the group.

The Sunday night late show at Le Poisson Rouge (1/11) in NYC features Nathaniel Rateliff, Sxip Shirey, and Franz Nicolay. All of Franz's tour dates below...

Franz Nicolay - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 11 - Le Poisson Rouge New York, New York
Jan 12 - Mohawk's Place Buffalo, New York
Jan 13 - New Hampshire Public Radio LIVE Concord, New Hampshire
Jan 13 - Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jan 14 - Mac's Bar Lansing, Michigan
Jan 16 - Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 17 - Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Jan 18 - The House Cafe De Kalb, Illinois
Feb 26 - Small Beast Salon @ The Delancey New York, New York
Feb 27 - Valentine's - w/ Jennifer O'Connor Albany, New York
Mar 5 - Small Beast Salon @ The Delancey New York, New York
Mar 12 - Small Beast Salon @ The Delancey New York, New York