Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink (Bryson City, NC) are a vocal-driven old time duo. Their April 2018 release, Roll On, Clouds, showcases their favorite songs from over two years of performing together. These pieces range from blues tradition (“Somebody On Your Bond,” “Roll and Tumble”) to bluegrass classics (“Standing on a Mountain,” “Cabin on a Hill”), yet remain rooted in the old time aesthetic. Frank’s nylon string fretless banjo is the dominant instrument, with guitar, slide guitar, and Allie’s banjo and harmonica adding to the musical texture.
Recording engineer Bruce Lang supplies upright bass on several tracks. Frank and Allie, core duo of longstanding string band The Freight Hoppers, have traveled extensively as touring musicians. Frank, a founding member of The Freight Hoppers, has impressed audiences all over the United States, Canada, and northern Europe with his signature clawhammer sound. Allie is a founding member of The Whipstitch Sallies, a band from Indiana that toured in the Midwest, North Carolina, Colorado, and Hawaii. Together, the pair is a powerhouse duo with appearances planned across the country and in France. In addition to performing, Frank and Allie screen print music-themed t-shirts, for sale through their website. They also
organize an old time music retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains in late March called the Banjo-Fiddle Frolic. A passion for traditional songs and tunes from the rural South has fueled Frank’s love of performing for the past 40 years.
As a founding member of The Freight Hoppers, he has shared this passion with audiences all over the United States, Canada, and northern Europe. His repertoire has a range of old time music that spans raw Blues from the Mississippi Delta to the hillbilly music recorded in the 1920s. Banjo players all over the world study and emulate Frank’s signature clawhammer sound. Allie Burbrink is a founding member of The Whipstitch Sallies, a bluegrass-influenced band from Indiana that toured in North Carolina, Colorado, and Hawaii in addition to a busy local schedule. She has relocated to Bryson City, NC, where she teaches Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam classes and performs in the duo and with The Freight Hoppers. Frank and Allie produce live-streaming online concerts and banjo lessons through Concert Window. They organize an old time music retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains in early April called the Banjo-Fiddle Frolic. You can also find Frank’s screen-printed t-shirt designs in their online store.