Kalispell Quarterly Fall 2011 : Page 24
The Singing Style Francie Reith of words by Michael Laurino, photo by Jen Arterbury began about a year ago as she embarked upon recording her first CD,which Fran-cie compares to a wedding day or the birth of a child.But the story started long before that. Growing up on a ranch in north cen-tral Montana, Francie remembers that there was always a radio tuned to the local country station. She knew this was her calling. With a 12-string guitar in arm, she first sang with a folk choir, belting out gospel favorites. And hav-ing mastered a few chords, she began to sing with a band, and they traveled around Montana playing gospel music at ministry functions. The decision was made: she was I can’t recall when I actually first met Francie Reith, but I know what I was doing.I was in an old-fashioned three-chair barbershop chatting with my barber, the regular small talk character-istic of these environments. The familiar face next to me was Francie,another styl-ist who was talking with her client about her music career and passion for music. Once I made the decision to get back to my passion for writing and publishing lifestyle magazines,I knew that one day 24 PREMIER 2011 | KALISPELL QUARTERLY I would tell her story… Today is that day. Like so many starving artists in the music industry, Francie typifies the nev-er-give-up spirit and drive that it takes to record and publish your own music. There are so many talented people in Kalispell, golden nuggets,waiting to be discovered.I sat down with Francie and asked her to tell me about that journey. Francie is a self-described “Tradi-tional Country Singer,” which she feels is becoming a lost art today. Her story going for it and would make country music her life. Francie purchased her favorite CD and spent day and night practicing until she could play all of her favorites. Singing with groups in homes, karaoke bars, or anywhere and everywhere an audience would assem-ble, Francie was cutting her teeth in a tough,competitive industry. It was time to get into the studio and lay down the tracks she loved so much. Searching Montana for a recording stu-dio,Francie found Lobo Studios in Lake-side. Lou Rogers ran the studio, and he was also a recording artist with credits playing for and with the Who’s Who in the country music industry, including many years with The Rogers Brothers.