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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 31, 2017

Paul Arnoldi - Let's Go (Testing, Hear, We're Goin' Down) Paul Arnoldi – Let’s Go (Testing, Hear, We’re Goin’ Down) ~New Artist~

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Paul Arnoldi - Highroads Ten Plus Two Paul Arnoldi – Highroads Ten Plus Two ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Paul Arnoldi - Arnoldi Paul Arnoldi – Arnoldi ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Gary Furlow & the Loafers - Ghost Trees Gary Furlow & the Loafers – Ghost Trees ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Blues

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Wyatt Brewer - Factory Made Wyatt Brewer – Factory Made

  • Rock/Folk Rock

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The Depth and the Whisper - Unrequited The Depth and the Whisper – Unrequited ~New Artist~

  • Indie Alt Rock

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Larry Garrett - (Folk Songs About) Old Photographs Larry Garrett – (Folk Songs About) Old Photographs

  • Folk

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Erin Eades - Live from the Left Coast Erin Eades – Live from the Left Coast ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Jeff Dunkle - Chapters Jeff Dunkle – Chapters ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Acoustic

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Joy Zimmerman - Greay Matter Joy Zimmerman – Greay Matter

  • Folk/Alt Folk

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Joy Zimmerman - Mosaic Joy Zimmerman – Mosaic

  • Fospel

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Hollie Schlueter - (single) Midnight Hour (Hallelujah) Hollie Schlueter – (single) Midnight Hour (Hallelujah) ~New Artist~

  • Gospel/Pop

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The Tearaways - The Earle Mankey Sessaions Volume 3 The Tearaways – The Earle Mankey Sessaions Volume 3

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The Tearaways - Valerie & I Love the Blues (singles) The Tearaways – Valerie & I Love the Blues (singles)

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Mike Franano - Brown Dress Mike Franano – Brown Dress

  • Rock/Pop

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: December 13, 2016

 Larry Murante - Patch of Sky  Larry Murante – Patch of Sky ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Contemporary Folk

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 Judy Nazemetz - Behind That Locked Door (single)  Judy Nazemetz – Behind That Locked Door (single)

  • Folk/Progressive Folk

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Joy Zimmerman - Say My Name Joy Zimmerman – Say My Name ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Rock

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Raveis Kold - Electric Blue Dandelion Raveis Kole – Electric Blue Dandelion ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Folk Rock

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Jim Bruno - The Patron Saint of Lost Causes Jim Bruno – The Patron Saint of Lost Causes ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Jim Bruno - Alright Alright Jim Bruno – Alright Alright ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Dirk Hamilton - Touch and Go Dirk Hamilton – Touch and Go ~New Artist~

  • Folk Rock/Rock

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Jan Seides - Siren Song Jan Seides – Siren Song ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Contemporary Folk

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Beth Wood - Spring Tide Beth Wood – Spring Tide

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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John E. Stephens - God, You're So Beautiful! John E. Stephens – God, You’re So Beautiful! ~New Artist~

  • Blues/Blues Gospel

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Karl Smiley - Highways of Life Karl Smiley – Highways of Life ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Blues

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Jill Freeman - A Handmade Life Jill Freeman – A Handmade Life ~New Artist~

  • Folk/Modern Folk

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Carl Soloman - Promised Land Carl Soloman – Promised Land ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: September 6, 2016

Howard Iceberg and the Titanics - Kansas City Songs Vol 1 and 2 Howard Iceberg and the Titanics – Kansas City Songs Vol 1 and 2

  • Country / Alternative Country

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World5 - Heartbeat of the World World5 – Heartbeat of the World

  • Pop / Rock

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Lauren Adams - Somewhere Else Lauren Adams – Somewhere Else ~New Artist~

  • Americana

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Dan O'Sullivan - Yet Dan O’Sullivan – Yet ~New Artist~

  • Acoustic Rock

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Dan O'Sullivan - Little Pieces Dan O’Sullivan – Little Pieces ~New Artist~

  • Acoustic Rock

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Dan O'Sullivan - March '16 Dan O’Sullivan – March ’16 ~New Artist~

  • Acoustic Rock

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The Belle Hollows - Miller's Creek The Belle Hollows – Miller’s Creek ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Modern Folk

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The Dull Richards - Leaks From Bolinas The Dull Richards – Leaks From Bolinas ~New Artist~

  • Bluegrass

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Victor James Dougherty - Both Sides of the Veil Victor James Dougherty – Both Sides of the Veil

  • Easy Listening / Folk

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Beth Marlin - Railroad Beth Marlin – Railroad ~New Artist~

  • Country / Country Folk

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C&B Radio - C&B Radio C&B Radio – C&B Radio ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Blues

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Jeremy McEwen - Folk and Children's Songs Jeremy McEwen – Folk and Children’s Songs ~New Artist~

  • Folk

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Pal Vens & Friends - Timeless Love Pal Vens & Friends – Timeless Love

  • Pop / Folk

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Bounty Hunters - Rollercoaster Bounty Hunters – Rollercoaster ~New Artist~

  • Rock

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New Music on KC Cafe Radio: August 2, 2016

Bill Abernathy - Find a Way Bill Abernathy – Find a Way

  • Acoustic Rock

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Sasha's Bloc - Heart on Fire Sasha’s Bloc – Heart on Fire ~New Artist~

  • Blues / Jazz

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Sasha's Bloc - Runaway Blues (single) Sasha’s Bloc – Runaway Blues (single) ~New Artist~

  • Blues / Jazz

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Ruth Acuff - This is the Dream Ruth Acuff – This is the Dream ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Contemporary Folk

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Ruth Acuff - To the Moon Ruth Acuff – To the Moon ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Contemporary Folk

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Warren Jurgens - Blue and Grey Warren Jurgens – Blue and Grey ~New Artist~

  • Folk / Blues

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Toni Gates - This Woman Toni Gates – This Woman

  • Pop

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Hank and The Hankstirs - The Ghost of Clyde & Checkers Hank and The Hankstirs – The Ghost of Clyde & Checkers ~New Artist~

  • Americana / Rock

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Erika Kunlys - Rise Up Erika Kunlys – Rise Up ~New Artist~

  • Americana / Folk

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