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Frankie's Blues Mission "Sleepin' Dog"
Frankie’s Blues Mission has been working on the Atlanta blues scene for more than a decade now, and its present lineup of singer-guitarist Frank “Frankie Lee” Robinson, bassist Kermit Maxwell, and drummer Alfonso Largo has been together four years. This is their first recording, but it shouldn’t be their last.
From the echoes of fellow Georgian Johnny Jenkins’ distinctive guitar chords in the first bars of the opening original I’m So Lonely Since You’re Gone, there’s a sense that this group has something special going for it. There are six more originals on tap, of which the minor-hued Lyin’ Thinkin’, the strutting title track, and the soulful I Need Me Some You sport Robinson vocals, while the other three are instrumental features for his guitar and producer/engineer Martin Kearnes’s keyboards, with the Jenkins influence surfacing again on the aptly titled Soul Shuffle and more of a jazz feel on Blues for K.C. and McDaniel Street. The cover selections are all well done, as the slow blues Five Long Years and When a Guitar Plays the Blues (from Robinson’s mentor Roy Lee Johnson) bring out some of Robinson’s most emotive singing, Woke Up This Morning brightens the tempo and Who’s Been Talking provides a perfect vehicle for Robinson’s shimmering guitar lines and his mates’ skin-tight backing.
Unlike the typical “no label/no number” vanity disc, Sleepin’ Dog boasts a fresh sound firmly rooted in, but not bound by, local tradition. It’s not just the same old blues, and deserves to be picked up for wider release.
(Excerpt from LIving Blues On-line)
About Frankie's Blues Mission
“Frankie Lee” Robinson — Guitar, Vocals
Native to South Georgia, He has 20 plus years experience performing regionally with and sharing the stage with blues and gospel performers such as Detroit Junior, “Chicago” Bob Nelson, Luther “Houserocker” Johnson, Chick Willis, Saxophonist Sil Austin, Robin Brown, and many others. As a founding member of Frankie Lee and the Solid Senders, he performed many festivals such as the WRFG Labor Day Blues Bash Festival. As a member of Frankie’s Blues Mission, Frankie has participated in The Augusta Blues Festival, Chick Willis’ Mid-Georgia Blues Festival and The Atlanta Montreux Festival. As part of the Blues Mission, He held down second house band duties at Blind Willie’s in Atlanta for two years. He was also a founding member of the blues band, Native Sons and a member of the Athens-based blues quartet, The Healers. Robinson also contributes his talents regularly to charitable efforts such as Atlanta Northside Tavern’s “Chicken Raid” festivals and other efforts to benefit organizations such as the American Cancer Society. He also performs regularly as the resident guitarist for the Providence Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Ensemble in Atlanta. Frankie, an authentic and soulful blues player, draws from many influences. Guitarists such as Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Roy Lee Johnson, B.B. King, Magic Sam, “Pops” Staples, Charlie Christian, Freddie King, Albert King, Kenny Burrell and T-bone Walker have left their mark on his performances. He walks the walk and talks the talk.
Kermit J. “Max” Maxwell – Bass Guitar
“Max” has been performing with Atlanta jazz, Blues, gospel and roots music bands for over 10 years. This Atlanta native anchors the Blues Mission with his powerful and authentic rhythmic style on electric and upright bass. Artists such as Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter and Willie Dixon have played a major influence on Maxwell. “Max” has performed and shared the stage with local bands such as the Atlanta Mandolin Society, the Colin Ford Trio, The John Schnelling Quintet and other jazz, blues and gospel groups.
Al Largo – Drums
Hailing from New York City and since moved to the Atlanta area, This 25 year veteran former Marietta City Fireman currently performs blues, jazz and R&B in the region. With 20 plus years experience under his belt, Al is the steady heartbeat of the Blues Mission. Largo’s influences are many, ranging from classical to rock. He has been drumming since the tender age of 14 and also played the kettledrums. Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, and Mickey Hart influence Al’s drumming style, among others.
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