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Francine Reed remembers her producer and friend Bryan Cole

Twenty years ago, Phoenix-based singer Francine Reed moved into an apartment across the street from Blind Willie's in Virginia-Highland, looking for a fresh start. Her requirements were few — she wanted a place to drop her suitcases and her weathered cast iron skillet and a local joint where she could sing. Within the week, friends had taken the featured vocalist in Lyle Lovett's Large Band to Fuzzy's Place to hear the house band, Java Monkey. Within minutes of meeting her, the band's drummer, veteran Atlanta musician and record producer Bryan Cole made her this promise: "I'm going to get you a record deal."

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