Every Song Starts With a Story

 

Frank has been singing all of his life. His love for music started at an early age in Fresno, CA where he was a singer in the local Cub Scout band.

In high school (Alameda CA) he was an Eddie Fisher sound a like” singing at local gigs.

In the early 70s he seriously began writing after hearing James Taylors first album and has never stopped.

Frank has been married since 58’ and has two boys, both terrific musicians themselves.

Frank believes the best songs are always crafted around good story-telling.This is probably why many of his songs take on a Country” type feel. Take his song Ridin’ on That Train,” tells the story of a young lad on the train to clear his head. We find out that the tracks on his body leads to a sad ending. LA Town” is a story about Franks career as a San Francisco banker and how he loved to go south and learn. His northern bosses didnt always like the changes he made. Drag The Main” is a Hagar type rocker that tells a story about driving his car down main street with his girl.Run Jack Run’ is a dog lovers story about mans best friend and how the dog didnt back down on the trail when he was confronted by a large cat. Sweet Honey Pie” is a love story done to a blues beat. You can see that Franks stories are a central point of his songs.

Recently Frank was joined by Polo Jones who  produced ten of Franks songs. Polo is well know for his bass playing with The Zucchero Band, Sting, Eric Clapton and Pavarotti just to name a few.

Frank is an ascap writer and publisher (Frank A.Dicker Music).

Producer Polo Jones ("Butterflies Are Free," CD album)

Polo Jones has been a bass player since the age of ten and a musician nearly his entire life. His first band experience was in support of his parents, Paul Sr., who blew a mean saxophone and Inez, a legendary pianist and singer in her own right. At the age of 14, Polo was asked to go on tour with Blues legend John Lee Hooker. His love for music drove him to expand his abilities to include Rock, Funk and Jazz as well as Blues. A versatile and talented musician by the early seventies, Polo was working with Larry Graham, “Hot Chocolate,” Walter Hawkins and Sly Stone.  After touring through the seventies and into the early eighties, Polo pursued a short solo career. 

In 1985, he received a call from producer -guitarist Corrado Rustici, (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Zucchero, Andrea Bocelli, Ligabue, Elisa, etc.) to join “Holiday of Hands”,a San Francisco bay area fusion pop band. Shortly thereafter Polo began recording albums in Europe. Now with many multi-platinum recordings under his belt Polo is again reinventing himself. Polo’s Bass style is both solid and expressive, which has made him an asset to the many rhythm sections he has been a part of. Other instruments include Bass synthesizer, Guitar, Drums and Keyboards. But a world class entertainer is only the beginning for Polo. Polo has produced some varied and innovative projects, from language tapes to Movie Soundtracks, and from Rock n’ Roll to Country.

Constantly updating and improving his skills, producing, arranging and songwriting as well as improving and expanding his playing abilities. Polo has kept himself entrenched in the music industry as a Producer, Entreprenuer & Executive Director of a number of non-profit as well as for-profit organizations when he’s not recording or touring.

Polo produced all ten of my songs on the album, "Butterflies Are Free."

Marin County memories

Frank and his two boys started their careers in the 70's in Marin county. The band was Deepstone Drive and then Deepstone. Named after their street in Marinwood. His talented boys are JR and Jim. JR is the drummer and plays today with the Billy Martini Show while Jim is a very talented lead guitar player in Vacaville, CA.

The band played at many school dances and private parties . Frank and the boys were proud to play twice at "The Inn of the Beginning" in San Rafael, CA. Many national artists played the Inn during the 70's.

The hardest part is waiting to go on.

Kim Bush photo