Chicago's Frank Bang and the Cook County Kings joins the Bluzpik roster in November....
Cook County Kings
Frank Bang, who is born and raised in Chicago, worked his way up through the ranks to play with Blues Master and Legend Buddy Guy. As Buddy’s guitar player for 5 years “I always was the blues guitarist in every band I played in, no matter Funk, or Rock …
“I was always the Blues guy in the band.” …The Love of his Chicago Blues led him to Buddy Guy’s Legends.
“I started there in 1991, I did everything from change the merchandise, to paint the place. I even cooked brunch two Blues Festival weekends with Sam Guy, Buddy’s brother. “
“Between Buddy Guy, Magic Slim and The Teardrops and just the club “Legends” changed my life forever.”
“It all came full circle when I joined Buddy Guy’s band at the end of 1999.” “ It was an incredible experience, playing with Buddy every night for 5 years,” “Touring every summer with B.B. King, seeing the world , playing with your idols and inspiring the greats that inspired me.It was an amazing experience.”
Frank Bang & the Secret Stash was a blues rock band. Now Bang is back with his first ever Blues record. Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings “The Blues Don’t Care.” “We recorded all 10 tracks in one day!” “That wasn’t the plan it’s just how it happened!” explains Bang. “All my favorite Blues records were live. We just rolled and recorded, almost everything was a first take. “
The Blues Don’t Care features a who’s who of great Chicago Blues Sidemen. Besides Bang, The Rhythm section of Brian “BJ” Jones has recorded with Blues Greats Junior Wells, James Cotton, Otis Rush. “BJ” was the drummer in Magic Slim and The Teardrops with partner in crime Andre Howard on Bass. Besides Magic Slim and The Teardrops, Andre played with Lonnie Brooks, Lucky Peterson, Sly Johnson and Chico Banks. The great foundation they bring to the music is only highlighted by the great Blues background vocals they sing throughout the disc.
Added to the mix is Piano Great Donnie Nichilo a former Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Alumni and founding member of The Mighty Blue Kings. Donnie added the perfect spice on every song.
Last, but not least is Harmonica Player Russ Green. Russ not only grew up in Chicago learning from the great’s and touring with Lurrie Bell and John Primer. Russ also won a BMA for producing “Best New Artist Big Llou Johnson.” One only wonders, if Russ Green won’t win a BMA award himself after hearing him tear into these songs.