Thursday, January 21, 2010

Franz Nicolay leaves the Hold Steady

In "aw, that sucks" news today, I learned via The Hold Steady's twitter feed that keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay has left the band, presumably to focus on other projects, and Nicolay's website confirmed as much.

I love rock piano, and Nicolay's keyboard work for The Hold Steady is one of the reasons why I love this band so much. Its gonna be tough to replace him. Below are two tracks that demonstrate his keyboard prowess, although he is also well versed in accordion, guitar, and banjo.

I have to admit that I have not heard any of Nicolay's solo work, but Daytrotter has a nice session of his from last April.

Good luck, Franz!

Massive Nights.mp3

One for the Cutters.mp3

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