“With song titles like, ‘Wino’ and ‘Before the Trash Truck Comes,’ Bob Frank’s 1972 self-titled album probably wasn’t kicking around your parents’ Beatles and Rolling Stones-heavy vinyl collections (if it is, see if you can snag it from them; it’s a collector’s item now). But with strains of Johnny Cash, John Prine, and even Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bob Frank wrote utterly compelling 70s folk rock, which is not a sentence I’d string together very often. A living legend you’ve never heard of, seeing him perform in these intimate venues seems like a tremendous opportunity.” — “Selected Things”
Upcoming gigs in Arizona
Glendale Folk Festival, Glendale, Arizona — Sat and Sun, Feb 24 & 25.
This is an album Bob made as a memorial to his wife, Deirdre. Read all about it here.
This one is all story songs, recorded in Chuck Giamalvo’s barn in Tolleson, Arizona. Read all about it here.
Bob is recording another CD at John Mahoney’s Ravenpheat Studio, in Glendale, AZ, even as we speak. This one is all new songs — oh, except for a couple of numbers that were recorded previously, but in a somewhat altered state… So Bob wants to re-record them, in their original condition. That is, the way they were originally written. Also, a song that Paul Compton in Memphis wrote a long time ago… “My Middle Name Is Trouble.” The sad tale of marijuana, and the damage done. “So I sat alone for the next 30 days, while they enjoyed my stash.” The cops, that is… This song sounds so much like a Bob Frank song, Bob thinks he wrote it himself. But actually, Paul wrote it. Back around 1970. Gotta hear it. Authentic stuff. No shit.
Here’s another CD that Bob made in Arizona recently, a collection of 12 songs that he co-wrote with Chuck Giamalvo. Chuck produced it, and it’s a totally different sound for Bob than you’ve heard on any of his other CD’s. The songs are different from what Bob usually writes, more straight up country and pop from a timeless place. His guitar and vocals are super strong on this one. The accompaniment is just right, toned down, laid back, no wasted licks, no unnecessary shenanigans. Just good, tasty music.
A documentary of Bob is being made by Isaac Pingree now. Should be done in a few months. What will become of it is undetermined. Sort of like Bob himself…
Here’s some strong praise for Bob’s songs and CD’s, written by Roy Peak, a remarkable songwriter himself:
See raw footage of Bob, captured live, high on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River! “Live at 9,” Channel 3, Memphis.
Bob’s Vanguard album is included in this collection of “50 Classic LP’s recorded in Gnashville” back in the day.
Light in the Attic has finally released the first-ever reissue of Bob’s 1972 Vanguard album, Bob Frank. Check out this review in Record Collector. And don’t miss these interviews on The Bay Bridged and Read and Hear.