BIO & Reviews
Voted Best Country/American Band in the Bay Area in both 2013 & 2014
Named Best Band by the readership of The North Bay Bohemian in 2016
Frankie Boots And The County Line are a folk-rock/Americana band roaring out of the San Francisco Bay Area with a penchant for painting vivid images of late nights, lost love, and the grittier side of life. Towards the end of the last decade Frank gave up a promising career in the illustrious world of bartending to pursue a life of even longer nights and shorter tempers in the music industry. The cosmos, in their infinite wisdom, soon sent him The County Line and their visceral sound sprung from a primordial soup of horns, pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, keys, guitars, bass, and drums. Whether it be country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, or any other true form of great American music, the band throws it all into the recipe for a dish that’s always served hot. Frankie Boots And The County Line’s captivating live performances keep a crowd jumping and their magnetic songs earned them the North Bay Bohemian’s award for best Country/Americana band in the Bay Area two years in a row. They were also recently named "Best Band" in the the Bay Area for 2016 by the loyal readership of the North Bay Bohemian.
Frankie Boots And The County Line released their self-titled debut album in Fall of 2013 to much acclaim and the highly anticipated follow up, "Leave The Light On", finds a greatly expanded fan base on May 17th, 2016.
The band has performed from coast to coast and continues to tour rigorously while playing dates at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. They played at the first annual Bottlerock Festival in 2013 with giants such as The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys, and many more. FBCL looks forward to joining this summer's Kate Wolf Music Festival in Northern California as well.
Frankie Boots And The County Line have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry including Robert Earl Keen, Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real, Leon Russell, Pokey LaFarge, The Brothers Comatose, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Drag The River and more.
"Boots is an effective singer with just the right dollop of rasp in his inflection; he can be plaintive when required, but excels at bending notes and drawling out vowels for more emotional material. (This is on particular display during "Wolf in Pig's Clothing," a minor-key song that lumbers along somewhere between "St. James Infirmary" and "Rain Dogs" and sounds as if it's sung by a sad, faithless, defrocked preacher.)
Live, Frankie Boots and band have a reputation for being upbeat...but what makes the album truly shine is the seven-piece band, especially Sally Haggard on vocals, Andrew Hobbs on pedal steel, and Josh Jackson playing trumpet parts reminiscent of Bright Eyes' "Road to Joy."....they're pushing our favored local music forward, and they're among the best doing so." - Gabe Meline, The North Bay Bohemian
"Over the years, “Americana” has become an umbrella term for blues, folk, bluegrass and new-wave country music, yet it seems the perfect word to describe Frankie Boots and The County Line, whose diverse sound features a bit of each genre. Soulful yet upbeat songs such 'Fooled Em All' contrast more blues and rock n’ roll inspired tunes such as 'Leave the Light On.'" - Estefany Gonzales, Sonoma Magazine Read Full Article
"Roaring out of the SF Bay Area, the self titled debut from Frankie Boots & the County Line hits on all cylinders. Great songwriting, from the shuffling rocker "Hellbound" to the boozy ballad "Pack of Lies" , Frankie's whiskey-weary vocals pair beautifully with the sweet voice of Sally Haggard. Trumpet charts remind one of Cash's "Ring of Fire" and Tim O'Neil's banjo and mandolin parts bring it altogether. As smooth as the leather in a '74 Cadillac Eldorado." - Brian Griffith, Program Director KRCB
"FRANKIE BOOTS AND THE COUNTY LINE IS ONE FUN-LOVING, BOOT-STOMPING, SONG-WRITING GROUP OF VERY TALENTED MUSICIANS DEDICATED TO HAVING THE BEST TIME POSSIBLE. THEY ARE INNOVATIVE, ORIGINAL, HUMOROUS, SOMETIMES EVEN THOUGHT-PROVOKING WITH THEIR SONGS. THIS IS A TRULY ENJOYABLE RECORD THAT FINDS ITS’ WAY TO MY RADIO PROGRAM ON A REGULAR BASIS!" - Bill Bowker, KRSH 95.9
"They are considered to be the best of the best since 2013 in the genre of folkrock and Americana from the Bay Area. We are talking about Frankie Boots And The County Line! Why do we love it so much? Listen to "Leave The Light On". There is so much to discover in their music, the change in rhythm, the strike orchestra, electric guitar solos and that ultra jazzy sound they have going on. "Leave The Light" on has got it all. Aside from that, Boots has a really pleasant raw sound to him. Aside from a willing booker, loads of attention and a few passports I could not possibly imagine what could stand in the way of them breaking through in the low lands (Netherlands). I mean, these guys make music that is a lot more interesting than all these other foreign bands combined that tour through our national venues. But yeah, until that willing booker comes along, we will have to do with only listening to "Leave The Light On". And I can assure you: listening to that is not a punishment at all." - AltCountry.NL
Leave the Light On features a dozen stellar country rock, Southern gospel and Texas two-step songs with engaging instrumentals and Boots' dusty voice singing about barstools and a "Duel at Dawn," conjuring images of Wild West living. - Charlie Swanson, The North Bay Bohemian May 10, 2016
"What I feel like with this band is there's a sense that they are one. Frank is one of those guys...he is just a well of brilliant material. His lyrics are really insightful and honest." - Bill Palmer, Engineer/Producer Frogville Studios, Santa Fe, NM
"Frankie Boots, One Man Brand" - Feature Article by Jackie Varriano, The Register-Gaurd - Eugene, OR
Bay Area folk group, Frankie Boots and the County Line wowed their audience at Argus Bar + Patio on Wednesday night. The song themes ranged from the end of the world to living on Geary Street in San Francisco. The three man band’s fancy banjo riffs and tight bass rhythms made just the right notes to get the crowd up on their feet and dancing. - Jae Siqueiros, The Orion, Chico, CAOctober 3, 2016
"I didn't know who this band was until I saw them open for Drag The River, great music live and on the CD!" - iTunes Review
"amazing :) met most of them, real down to Earth and hilarious people. awesome music." - iTunes Review