Dan Treanor and Frankie Lee - Bio


Dan Treanor & Frankie Lee

  Frankie Lee
Frankie originally worked as a featured vocalist in the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Then, in 1963 Frankie recorded for Don Robey, the legendary owner of the Duke-Peacock label. He later worked with Albert Collins and then with his cousin, Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Frankie has recorded for many labels including Hightone, Blind Pig, and Flying Fish.

Born Frankie Lee Jones in 1941 in Mart, Texas, he began singing in church. "I was raised up in a religious household, and the blues was the devil's music." But Frankie fell in love with the blues he heard on the radio. As a teenager he used to sneak out to clubs to hear the likes of B.B. King.

Frankie's career has been revitalized in the last few years with the resurgence of interest in the blues and as more young people search out the roots of rock and roll. Frankie has performed at most of the major American blues festivals, and has always found an appreciative audience in Europe, touring successfully there seven times. He's also had a number of successful tours of Japan. Frankie observes, "The cultural attitudes towards the blues are really different from country to country, but the music always appeals".

Dan Treanor
Veteran blues man Dan Treanor has been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over thirty five years. Dan has played his unique style of blues all over the world. At times in his career Dan has played with Son Seals, Louisiana Red, George “Boogie” Daniels, Ronnie Boy Fruge’, Jimmy Carl Black, Frankie Lee and the list goes on and on. Originally from the Southern Colorado town of Pueblo, Dan started playing the blues as a teenager and has been at it ever since. In 1969, while pulling a tour of duty in the infantry in Viet Nam, Dan started playing the harmonica and has been blowing it like crazy ever since. Today Dan is considered one of the top blues harp players in the business and has been a Hohner Harmonica endorsee for the last ten years. Dan also plays guitar, dobro, banjo, bass, keyboards and cane flute.

Ten years ago Dan started the Blues In The Schools program for the Colorado Blues Society. He has presented his unique and entertaining program to over twenty five thousand kids. A few years back Dan started to hand build African string instruments. Originally these instruments were to be used in the Blues In The Schools presentations but they quickly made their way in to Dan’s live blues show. A new and exciting style of blues began to emerge and blossom into the music Dan makes today. Afro beats, African string instruments, Delta Blues grooves, lots of harp and guitar and soulful vocals.

"I was blown away by the sound they had created - a stripped down blues with an African feel that touched on a bare-bones, North Mississippi hill country, raunchy style."

-David McIntyre
Colorado Blues Society