Frank F. Sidney's Western Bandit Volunteers is a high octane bluegrass/outlaw country band from Galesburg, Illinois. It's a big name, but it's a big band - sporting 7 members.
The genre is all but unique mixing areas of bluegrass, country, americana and rock. It's a high octane blend with songs of whiskey, outlaws, scrapyards and bathsalts (you read that correctly) mixed in with a few well crafted slow songs to make the ladies hug their guys a little tighter. There are not comparable sets to a FRANK set. From a couple traditional fiddle tunes in the first set to a bluegrass'd cover of Ice Ice Baby and Lil' Johns "Get Low" by the 2nd set; The hook hits the crowd, and the beer and whiskey flow free the rest of the night.
The band has played with David Allan Coe, Shooter Jennings, Henhouse Prowlers, Mountain Sprout and many others. We've played River Roots Live, Shoe Fest, Redstone Room, Six Strings and many other venues and festivals throughout the Midwest.
Frank has been around for 3 years and have hit the road just about every weekend. Whether playing a small town bar in the middle of nowhere, or opening for somebody, they're always "working".
In February 2015 FRANK launched their debut album "Based On True Events", and much to their surprise, the album has been receiving attention from fans and strangers alike. Country Music People UK gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and said "It is this diversity which makes Based On True Events such an interesting experience; the switching around of lead vocal responsibility the indisputable ability of the players and the underlying current of sheer exuberance all contribute to a hugely enjoyable listen."
Frank will again hit the road with shows this year, bringing their own unashamed style to the far reaches of the Midwestern Universe.