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Allan Frank: A Songwriter’s Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter and KC Cafe Radio Performing Artist Allan Frank has been surrounded by music practically all his life. Growing up in the American Midwestern town of Peoria, Illinois, Frank was caught playing on his grandfather’s piano, making up stories as he played along, at the ripe young age of 3. It wasn’t until age 16, however, when Allan picked up his first musical instrument, a guitar his parents had given him.

As he got older, he became involved in musical theater, and eventually graduated from college with a theater degree. He also discovered his guitar playing skills were in high demand in theater, and he began toying with putting lyrics with song. It wasn’t long that Allan found himself writing for events and issues outside of the theater, and a new songwriter was born.

He later traveled to Europe, and eventually relocated to California, where he continued to hone his craft as a songwriter. His skill as a talented songwriter continued to develop, both in Los Angeles and in Nashville. He became involved in collaborative efforts with some of the most influential songwriters around, including Gary Burr and Chris Tompkins.

Allan’s first full-length album is called The Road So Far, and represents his journey as a genuine singer/songwriter. A blend of Americana, Country and Roots tunes, The Road So Far takes you on a heartfelt journey down the by-ways and back-roads of Middle America. Allan’s gentle down home manner is evident in his songs, reminiscent of the classic stylings of Burl Ives, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson.

Recently, KC Cafe Radio Music Director Kathy Forste spoke with Allan. He tells the story of growing into the art of songwriting, and how he has approached the craft over the years. They talk about the benefits of writing alone versus collaborating with other songwriters, and Allan discusses at length about songwriting as a craft, and the importance of connecting with the listener.

Listen to the interview here:

Music by Allan Frank on KC Cafe Radio:

New Music on KC Cafe Radio: January 26, 2016

Carlo Acousticman - Blacktop Highway Carlo Acousticman – Blacktop Highway

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John Byrne Band - The Immigrant and the Orphan John Byrne Band – The Immigrant and the Orphan

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Wes Weddell Band - Nobody's Flag Wes Weddell Band – Nobody’s Flag ~New Artist~

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 Andrew Corbett - Moment of Grace  Andrew Corbett – Moment of Grace ~New Artist~

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 Sarah Pierce - Barbed Wire  Sarah Pierce – Barbed Wire

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 Harris/Hernandez - Just A Memory  Harris/Hernandez – Just A Memory ~New Artist~

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 Ynana Rose - Ynana Rose  Ynana Rose – Ynana Rose ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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 Allan Frank - The Road So Far  Allan Frank – The Road So Far ~New Artist~

  • Country/Americana

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 Casey Garland and Riverpeople - The River Keeps on Flowing  Casey Garland and Riverpeople – The River Keeps on Flowing ~New Artist~

  • Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary

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 Karen Tobin - That's What You Get  Karen Tobin – That’s What You Get ~New Artist~

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Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts - Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts – Karen Tobin and Crazy Hearts ~New Artist~

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Mike & Carleen McCornack - Stories We Could Tell Mike and Carleen McCornack – Stories We Could Tell ~New Artist~

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Mike and Carleen McCornack - A Road to Call Your Own Mike and Carleen McCornack – A Road to Call Your Own ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Jenner Fox - Jenner Fox Jenner Fox – Jenner Fox ~New Artist~

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Annie Bacon & Her Oshen - Light to See Dark Annie Bacon & Her Oshen – Light to See Dark ~New Artist~

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Annie Bacon & Her Oshen - Stranded Songs Annie Bacon & Her Oshen – Stranded Songs ~New Artist~

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Cascads de Flores - Radio Flor Cascads de Flores – Radio Flor ~New Artist~

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Smithfield Bargain - Buttonwillow Smithfield Bargain – Buttonwillow ~New Artist~

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Jaspar Lepak - Wide World Jaspar Lepak – Wide World ~New Artist~

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Amy Obenski and The Carbone Band - Resless Amy Obenski and The Carbone Band – Resless ~New Artist~

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Richard and Mary - Keeping the Dream Alive Richard and Mary – Keeping the Dream Alive ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Richard Byford - Spoken From the Heart Richard Byford – Spoken From the Heart ~New Artist~

  • Spoken Word

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