Franz Nicolay, the moustached keyboardist, accordion player, backup singer and just all around entertaining member of my favorite band has left. This sucks! Franz was an important part of The Hold Steady dynamic and things won’t be the same without him.
“You should know: I’ve left the Hold Steady. I told the band I’d be leaving in early September, played my last show with them in Minneapolis around Thanksgiving, and dotted the t’s and crossed the i’s this week. Five years seemed like a nice round number…”
All we can hope for is that Craig Finn and the crew take a page from Drive-By Truckers book. When Jason Isbell left my other favorite band, they went ahead and put out one of their best album. I have faith in Craig and the crew…but Franz will be missed!