The French Classique Country Star
(Biographie en Français cliquez ici)
Sylvain Black was born in the South of France, his family hailing from Marseille. Black moved to the United States as a teenager and quickly developed a love for Classic Country stars including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. The 2018, self-produced album, Allez West, is Sylvain Black’s tribute to his French heritage and Classic Country music.
Sylvain Black is the first performer to sing translated French versions of Classic Country songs including: “On the Road Again” (Retrouver la route); “Ring of Fire” (Le Cercle de Feu); “Ghost Riders in the Sky” (Les Cavaliers du Ciel); and “The Bottle Let Me Down (La Boutteil Ma Deçu).
“Translating these songs into French is such an honor and challenge,” notes Black. “People in France have always had a fascination with American culture from the Old West to Rock ‘n’ Roll to cowboy movies. The stories will be familiar to people in France, but no one has ever heard these songs quite like this.”
Sylvain Black produced the 2018 album, Allez West, which includes French translations of hit songs by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, and Merle Haggard.
Sylvain Black recorded Allez West in Los Angeles with the help of innumerous talented musicians including: Blondie’s Clem Burke (drums); session guitarist Tim Young (lead guitar) from the Late Late with James Corden; Australian film composer Michael Lira and Florida based bluegrass aficionado Ernie Evans (the Florida State Bluegrass Band); and Los Angeles based French songstress Lola S. who played a critical part of the album performing back-up vocals and two striking duets via Jackson (Biarritz) in French and a Patsy Cline inspired rendition of the Edith Piaf classic La Vie En Rose.
Allez West was mixed and mastered by Grammy Award-winner S. Husky Höskulds.