Little Frank and the Premiers
Little Frank and the Premiers "In a time where more common rock-based music is passing for contemporary blues; Little Frank and the Premiers are out there keeping the traditional roots music torch aglow. By making the blues & rockabilly styles of Chess and Sun records sound fresh and vital, they have been taking the Midwest by storm. Since forming in the late 1990s, they have been performing on some of the finest festivals and concert venues in the country.

While still in his mid teens, bandleader 'Little Frank' Krakowski, began seeking out the traditional '50 & '60 s style blues that he heard from Chicago’s South and West sides, and delving deep into the big guitar sounds from the Southwest and California. Frequenting such local Chicago clubs as the Checkerboard and the 5105 Club in search of the old-timers still performing. This was where it was at. Before he knew it he was gigging and touring with the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Hubert Sumlin, Lazy Lester and 'Little Arthur' Duncan to name a few. These experiences helped to shape his guitar style into one that has been sought after by some of the great traditionalists out there today.

Fronting the Premiers is Tom Moore, who cut his teeth on the Southern California blues scene in the early 1980s. As bandleader for the San Diego based band, The Five Careless Lovers, he backed up legends such as 'Big Mama' Thornton, 'Smokey' Wilson and Lowell Fulson. Moore provides the strong vocals and primary songwriting responsibilities for the Premiers. With nearly 25 years of experience, his dignified stage presence can disintegrate unpredictably into leg shakin’ madness at any time. His harmonica playing is strong, emotional, but never frantic or overdone.

The glue of the Premiers has been Brian Cook on upright and electric bass, and the legendary Robert Carter on drums and vocals. Cook, a long-time partner in crime, is a much sought after bass player hailing from the Midwest. He has toured and appeared with a variety of artists through the years who have cited time and again that his feel and drive have been the backbone of many a gig.

Robert Carter is highly regarded in Chicago blues and jazz circles. He has recorded many sessions for Delmark Records, with artists such as Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush and others. Carter, a Chicago native, was a founding member of the immensely popular Mighty Blue Kings, with whom he recorded 2 CDs. His powerful vocals and clever original tunes are a highlight of the Premiers’ shows.

Little Frank and the Premiers play American roots music with no jive gimmicks... With a wide variety of Blues, Swing, Rockabilly, ‘60s Soul and New Orleans R&B, they may be a throw back to some, but to many they preserve forms of American music that never needed to be changed in the first place."