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Frankie Lee

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Biography

Frankie Lee

Frankie Lee is a Midwesterner by birth and a traveler by nature. His father was in the horse business, and the family moved around a lot – Michigan, Texas, Minnesota and Tennessee, among other places – which accounts for his sometimes vague answers to questions of where he “comes from.” Lee spent a couple years in college before dropping out to become a folksinger. Frankie often returned to Minnesota in subsequent years, spending entire summers working alone on a farm.

He then moved to Austin, TX and got his first paying gigs on the folk/country scene. Playing clubs like the Scoot Inn and the Longbranch, he first met JT Van Zandt — who he went on to work for — and was introduced to the burgeoning East Austin scene.

Frankie headed west after seven years in Austin, where the first show he played was with an up and coming band named Dawes. As time went by, it was obvious that LA wasn’t the place for him. Regardless, he stayed a few more years chasing music and women, only to find he couldn’t keep up with either.

Frankie eventually returned home to Minnesota, drawing from the experiences he’d collected over the past 10 years to create a collection of new songs that he was finally ready to share. Minneapolis had the right fit for the sound that was in his head at the time. A band was assembled through drummer JT Bates that included Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird) and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver), amongst others. Most of the songs were cut live on the first night and these versions appeared on Lee’s locally released EP Middle West.

It was Middle West that connected him to a wider world, and American Dreamer that brought him there. American Dreamer is Lee’s full length debut. Recorded over a period of time he spent working on a pig farm and living in St. Paul, the songs were written in the early morning commutes from city to country. That’s where these songs sit best, opening up as you get further away: a vision from a man alone in time, capturing the sound where dreams and reality meet.

American Dreamer is “Nostalgia for the Future.”

He recently signed a worldwide record deal with Loose Music (Sturgill Simpson, Justin Townes Earle) which saw American Dreamer released in the UK and Europe to rave reviews, and Loose will be releasing the new album in America alongside Thirty Tigers on July 8, 2016.

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