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 is an award winning singer/songwriter with a penchant for painting vivid images of late nights, lost love, and the grittier side of life.  Whether it be country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, or any other true form of great American music, Boots throws it all into the recipe for a dish that’s always served hot.  After honing his skills and earning a devoted fan base up and down the West Coast, in 2016 the California native packed it all up and headed down to New Orleans for fresh inspiration and Southern horizons.  His captivating live performances and magnetic songs earned him the North Bay Bohemian’s award for best Country/Americana act in the Bay Area two years in a row and his full ensemble was written in as the best overall band for 2016 by their readership.  He has been a favorite on festival lineups from Austin to Baton Rouge to Mobile, providing the same captivating sounds and passionate performances as he did at Kate Wolf Music Festival and Bottlerock - two of Californias most prestigious events.  Frankie continues to tour nationally both solo and with a band.  He has opened for some of the biggest names in the industry including Robert Earl Keen, Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real, Leon Russell, Pokey LaFarge, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Brothers Comatose, Drag The River, Jared & The Mill, and many more.

 

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"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