Frank Bang is devoted to the music of his youth. His heart is pure rock and roll, but his soul screams the blues. Like Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield before him, it was the combination of raw talent, hard work and devotion that earned him respect, and a following, among blues loyalists. Blues guitar master Buddy Guy chose Frank to play blues guitar alongside him on his national and world tours. When you hear him play you will understand why.
For Frank, being on the road with Buddy Guy has been an advanced education in the blues, especially in the fields of guitar mastery and showmanship. The experience has not only honed his ability with traditional material to that of a true journeyman, it has strengthened his contemporary rock guitar presence as well. On the road, he has jammed with some of Rock and Roll's great legends including Carlos Santana, Robert Plant, Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Richie Sambora and Zakk Wylde, to name a few. He has performed on the Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and numerous European and American television specials, including a documentary on BRAVO and Jules Holland “Live”, for the BBC. His dozens of live radio broadcasts include shows on Mancow, KFOG, KBCO and E Town.
“The first time I went to a bar and heard a real blues band, I connected immediately,” he remembers. “Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and Ted Nugent were really just rocking the blues, but I didn’t know it.” Quite unexpectedly, Frank Bang discovered that the rock music that first inspired him - and millions like him - has deep roots in the blues. It was the beginning of his coming of age.
Soon he was living with the blues, working days as well as nights at Chicago’s most world-renowned blues club, Buddy Guy’s Legends. “It was like my own private blues university,” he says of the years spent working his way up the ranks. He was soaking up musical genius and after-hours wisdom from local blues greats like Junior Wells, Otis Rush and Lonnie Brooks, as well as the world's most prominent touring acts. It was not long before Frank was being invited to sit in with the club's top performers.
A vote of confidence, and perhaps the first omen of events to follow, came from Buddy Guy when he put Frank and his funky, horn-driven blues-rock project, The Buzz, as a weekly feature at Legends. The Buzz continued to develop their fan base both in and around the Midwest. Touring the country and selling nearly 10,000 independent discs nationwide. After observing Frank’s evolution, Buddy Guy approached him and took him around the world to play the blues.
Following several years playing for Buddy Guy and The Buzz, Frank pursued a musical outlet of his own. What started with an acoustic guitar quickly transformed into a 4-piece rock engine. Frank Bang’s Secret Stash strikes an especially responsive chord among young adult audiences. While their free-form sets may take off to bold new places in search of music without boundaries, Frank Bang’s Secret Stash never deviates from its intention to rock you to your roots.
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