"Rhythm and blues -- you can't separate them."
As a child, Frank Ace learned to play country/western under the unlikely
tutoring of rodeo cowboys who came to his stepfather's boots and saddle shop
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Frank Ace developed his love for the blues when he
later lived with his grandparents. When Frank Ace attended Phoenix Union High
School, he was making big bucks for a 17-year-old. Carver Barnes, a park
director, took Frank under his wing and helped him to form his five-piece
band, The Continental. During engagements, however, Frank Ace picked cotton
and potatoes in the fields to earn money for sound equipment. The talented
group caught the attention of
big-time blues singer and songwriter. After spending a year in Los Angeles
with him, the group returned to Phoenix as professional savvy musicians known
as the Frank Ace Combo. Frank always was the leader of the band. In 1964,
Fank Ace cut his first records, Kirk and Lady Margaret under the
Hydra label. Since then, Frank Ace has played in every state in the
continental United States, and every club on the blues circuit. There were
also dazzling USO shows on a Far East tour and memorable engagements at
Mugen's in Tokyo and the 9000 Penthouse in Hollywood. In 2004, Frank Ace
released his CD, Cry u out of my heart. Influenced by
vocalist, Frank adds his own singing arrangement to melodic blues lyrics.
Frank Ace thinks
had the biggest impact on his life. The Frank Ace sound is the blues --
full-bodied, energized, synchronized and radiant -- making it come alive on
concert stages, and every club on the blues circuit.
Visit Frank Ace's official website.
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Reviews and Critiques of Frank Ace Live Performances and Recordings
Frank Ace and others at 10th Annual Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, Penn Valley Park; Kansas City, Missouri, July 21-23, 2000. Review by Dave "Doc" Piltz and Michael Evan.
CD review by Tim Holek.
Frank Ace Photos
Frank Ace at Blues Estafette 2000, November 18, 2000, Utrecht/Netherlands, three photos.
Numerous Frank Ace photos at chueffa.com.
Frank Ace Audio Files
Frank Ace - Gas Pump Blues. MP3 file, runtime 04:49.
Frank Ace Videos
The Frank Ace Blues Band. Runtime 05:52.
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