Virginia-based singer-songwriter Paulo Franco is premiering his latest single, “Leaving the River City,” exclusively for readers of The Boot.

The twangy, upbeat vibe of "Leaving the River City" belies the serious subject matter that lies underneath. This is a song about a female outlaw who may or may not have iced a man who did her wrong before skipping town.

“She’s leavin’ River City / She’s leavin’ like she knew she would,” sings Franco in the song's chorus. “She’s leavin’ this time for good.”

The child of immigrants and a Washington, D.C., native, Franco is a bilingual singer-songwriter and first-generation American. Raised on the sounds of Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell, Franco began playing classical guitar at the age of nine. From there, he pursued music only as a hobby, playing in cover bands occasionally, until he started writing music seriously in 2012. His first album, By the Light of a Paper Moon, was released in 2012.

“Leaving the River City” is the first single from The Last Card, Franco’s follow-up project to his debut album. The Last Card is set for release on Oct. 14  and is available for pre-order via Franco's official website, but in the meantime, fans can stream “Leaving the River City” below.

Listen to Paulo Franco, "Leaving the River City":

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