Frank James
Frank James I started singing and playing guitar along with the country songs that played on the family radio as a youngster. Being left handed I learned to play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards. About 35 years into my career I turned the strings around for a lefty. With a little determination and some encouragement from Tom Bresch, I learned to play guitar all over again.

My first paying gig was at a local honkytonk where I occasionally played rhythm guitar for the band. The gig paid $5.00 a night and being underage, free Cokes. I moved to Madison, Wisconsin from New Jersey in 1965 where I have played many opening acts, nightclubs, festivals, company shows, benefits etc. and winning numerous awards throughout my career.

Some of my accomplishments include:

* Featured singer on a weekly radio show on WMAD AM

* Writer for TNN's "Fandango" game show in Nashville, TN

* Writer for WSM radio's "Waking Crew" show hosted then by Charlie Chase

* Q106 FM and AM radio "Pick Hit" of the week

* I've had the honor of working with many of country music's legends throughout my career. Opening act and/or backup band for the following stars: George Hamilton IV * Bobby G. Rice * Red Sovine * Faron Young * Tex Ritter * David Houston * Hank Snow * Jean Shepard * Jack Greene * Ernie Ashworth * Dave Dudley * David Allen Coe * Penny DeHaven * Jeannie Seely

* Voted Madison's "Country Artist of the Year" two years

* Voted Madison's "Favorite Country Band"

* "Certificates of Achievement" received for songs entered in the Billboard Song contest

* Received "Country & Western Nightclub of the Year" awards three years

* Received Madison's "Country Music Hall of Fame" award

* Top 10 finalist in USA Network's first "Nashville Star" competition in Orlando, Florida

* Named a "Local Legend" in Madison Magazine's country music category

* Appearances on WYOU tv "Worth Watching"

* Appearances on "Nashville On Stage"

* Received the honor of Warner Brothers requesting demos of my original songs

* Performed the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Madison "Mallards" baseball game

* Nominated for Madison's "Country Artist of the Year" 2007

* Nominated for "Madison's Country Song of the year" for my original song "Chasing Memories" 2007

* Nominated for Madison's "Country Album of the Year" for my cd "Chasing Memories" 2007

* Appearances at: numerous festivals, benefits, company shows, Wild West Days, rodeos, nightclubs etc.

* Nashville recording artist - BMI songwriter

* Skilled at singing, playing guitar, bass, drums & harmonica

* Many of my original songs are currently receiving airplay on independent radio stations

* Nominated for: "Classic Country Band of the Year" October 2008

Back up vocals on my original songs: John Wesley Riles and Hoot Hester

The musicians on my cds include some of Nashville's finest:

The late Gordon Terry
Pete Wade
Buddy Emmons
Hargus (Pig) Robbins
Hoot Hester
Scott Sanders
Rob Hajacus
Sonny Garrish
Doug Jernigan
Dave Smith
Gene Chrisman
Rodger Morris
Mike Leech
Hank Sanger

Texas musicians:
Jim Lutz
Karen Hein
John Casner
Tim Campbell