L.A. musician Robert Francis back from addiction to perform from new album at The Shakedown

Los Angeles singer Robert Francis returns with his fourth album, “Heaven,” recorded with his new backing band, The Night Tide, at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St.

After the release of the critically praised third album, “Strangers in the First Place,” in 2012, Francis nearly abandoned his music career after a near nervous breakdown. Immersing himself in drugs and alcohol, he shaved his head and moved to Michigan with a girl he met on the road, unsure of his future. That is, until his passion for music came calling again, allowing to him find new inspiration in his experiences and setting the path toward a new album.

In “Heaven,” Francis paints the picture of a man on the fringes of himself and reality. Cover: $13 advance, $15 at the door. Details: shakedownbellingham.com.