“Flawless! It #$%*ing ROCKS, and I mean it is served-on-the-rocks-with-a-giant-twist-of-Southern-Style type of Rock You’re A$$ Off, Baby! Rhythm just doesn’t get any better than this. Beyond that I keep listening to it over
and over because it so succinctly marks a period of time in many people’s lives. So many times you hear a record “transcends” time. Well, okay, this may end up doing that too, but I honestly feel like these are songs that we can all identify with. Being able to create a connection with the audience, can often make or break an album. FBSS has done it with this record, recreating a time when someone grows up for the second time, finally realizes what they want and where they are. Discovering the difference between love and adoration, between responsibility and selfishness, between lust and longing.”
- Kami Periman March 2007 Raleigh, N.C.
Frank Bang & the Secret Stash returns with the long awaited studio CD ...And They Named It Rock and Roll.
The new album was recorded, mixed, and produced by Jason Latshaw at the famed Ardent Studios in Memphis during the summer of 2006. Showcasing eight new originals from the hard driving "Ready For The Ride" to the rollicking "Livin On Your Love". The powerful "Earthquake". Plus the raw Stones vibe of "Jezebel". And They Named It Rock and Roll features the band tearing through the new songs with the same wild abandon that has electrified audiences everywhere.
The Chicago Sun-Times raved, “Frank Bang & The Secret Stash are comparable to hard-driving, rock-jam bands like Gov’t Mule and the Black Crowes.”
Chicago Innerview Magazine proclaims, “With rockin’ tunes and sincere passion, Frank
Bang’s Secret Stash ranks right up there with North Mississippi All-Stars and Drive-By Truckers.”
Scorching guitar sensation Frank Bang and his powerhouse band, The Secret Stash, are the real deal. They are that rare group who learned their craft through perseverance and dedication, paying their dues and perfecting their skills while performing with and learning from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. Featuring Frank Bang (guitar & lead vocals), Ryan Fitzgerald (bass guitar, & vocals), and Bob Spelbring (drums & vocals), the group’s strong lyrics, blistering guitar workouts and gritty, heartfelt vocals are grounded in classic rock and steeped in healthy doses of Southern soul and Blue collared Rock and Roll. Their live shows showcase innovative fret-work and extended rhythmic jams in the spirit of past heroes and contemporaries alike, such as the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Warren Haynes, Jimi Hendrix, and SRV.
Frank began playing guitar as a teenager, but didn’t consider playing professionally full-time until 1995, when he was in his mid-20s. It was then that he began managing the famed Chicago blues club, Buddy Guy’s Legends, and sitting in from time to time with the house band. While there, he soaked up all of the sounds and ragged wisdom of blues icons like Junior Wells, Otis Rush, and a host of other greats who passed through night after night.
“It was like my own private university,” Bang recalls. He received an advanced education in guitar mastery and showmanship in 1999 when Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, legendary bluesman Buddy Guy, hand-picked Bang to join his band. The experience not only earned Frank respect and a following among rock and blues fans, but also allowed him to share the stage with many of music’s biggest legends and rising stars, including Carlos Santana, Robert Plant, John Hiatt, Jimmie Vaughan, Richie Sambora, Eric Clapton, and John Mayer.
Prior to stepping out on his own, Bang was featured on numerous other records, including releases with his previous funky, rock-blues
project, The Buzz, and also on Budd Guy’s Can’t Quit the Blues Silvertone/2006 and Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends.
While in Buddy’s band, Frank appeared live on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and numerous European and American television specials, including Jules Holland Live for the BBC. His dozens of live radio broadcasts include shows on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse, E-Town, WXRT, KFOG (S.F., CA), KBCO (Boulder), and countless others.
Bang left Guy’s band in 2004 in order to pursue his own music and formed Frank Bang’s Secret Stash shortly afterwards. The band tours regularly since the release of their debut CD play prestigious clubs and festivals all over the country, both as headliners and as support for acts like Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Galactic, Derek Trucks, Umphrey’s McGee, Dickey Betts, and Johnny Winter. They recorded eight songs live, in-studio at XM Satellite Radio (for national broadcast) and continue to receive glowing responses from media outlets and radio stations across the country.
Frank Bang & The Secret Stash Quick Facts
- Buddy Guy hand picked Frank to play guitar on national and world tours 2000-2004.
- Frank Has played on stage with: Carlos Santana, Robert Plant, Dave Matthews, John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, Richie Sambori and Zakk Wylde, to name a few.
Frank Bang’s Secret Stash is:
Frank "Bang" Blinkal guitar, vocals
Ryan Fitzgerald bass, vocals
Bob Spelbring drums, vocals