Throughout his new EP Valley of Vindication, native Californian Frankie Bourne upholds his authentic style of rootsy, indie-rock songwriting, while still exhibiting growth at his craft as he guides his sound into a softer, more acoustic direction. But don’t let his mellower singer-songwriter record give you a singular opinion. Simultaneously, his new Sonoma County 5-piece roots-rock band has hit the ground running in 2017.
Formed in 2016 when Frankie returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after a hard-fought and prosperous career in the Los Angeles music scene, the band has quickly begun to make a name for themselves in the North Bay for their explosive, jam-oriented live shows, and their rather timeless, melodic American rock music. Featuring drummer Jeff Nassi (Meredith Brooks, Fillmore Slim, Unauthorized Rolling Stones), keyboardist Matt Piazza (Yo Flaco!), guitarist Sunil Sharma (Alison Harris, Reality Check, Blusion), and bassist Matt Pasquale (Gravity Hill), Bourne’s new band has an authentic sound that is a west coast form of bluesy roots-rock, blending new Americana with 70’s rock and 90’s alt-rock to create original music that can’t be labeled by a single category.
On his 2015 debut album Californicana, Bourne took a stance as a solo artist and emerged on the scene with infectious roots-rock songs that blend a unique range of influence, and tell lyrically visual tales of adventure along the California coast. Equipped with an authentic indie sound that, "combines the style of new Americana with all the things you loved about 90s adult alternative bands" (TourWorthy.com), and "a smoky, quick-tongued lyrical quality that can change speeds like a Zack Greinke change-up" (San Jose Rock Music Examiner), Bourne's first solo effort has been incredibly well-received by Indie, Rock and Americana radio stations nationwide, winning an award for best love song on the Jango Radio 2015 Valentine's Day Playlist, who call it, "a refreshing roots rock record for the 21st Century".
Originally from West Marin County, CA, Frankie became infatuated with music at a young age, teaching himself the drums, harmonica and guitar, playing in bands and beginning to write songs at age 13. After high school he made his way down the California coast through Santa Cruz, writing songs, jamming in garages and performing at every open mic he could find while earning a BA in Film & Digital Media and Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz. After graduating he immediately moved to Los Angeles where he wrote and arranged his 13-track, acoustic-laced debut studio album, Californicana. The album was co-produced by Bourne and LA producer Marc Danzeisen (Riverdogs, Powerslide, Gilby Clarke), and features saxophonist Jeremy Trezona (Saint Motel), as well as guitarists Johnny Hawthorn (Toad The Wet Sprocket, Everclear) and Manny Alvarez (Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams), among others. The album released independently under Bourne’s own Robotic Records with a successful sold out record release show at the infamous House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, and a 15-date California Tour.
In 2016 Frankie relocated home to his roots in the North Bay area, diving head first into an evolving Sonoma County music scene where he’s since assembled a new roots-rock 'n' roll backing band with a number of upcoming shows in 2017, and an eagerness to keep pushing his music to bigger stages. His new EP Valley of Vindication just released on February 17th 2017 under Robotic Records.
You can find his music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and CD Baby, and hear it on the following terrestrial and internet radio stations: KSVY (Sonoma), KWMR (Marin), KRSH (Santa Rosa), KALW (San Francisco), KPIG & KZSC (Santa Cruz), KCBX (Central Coast), HFM LA (Los Angeles), KHLV (Las Vegas), KHTP (Phoenix), Jango Radio, Indie Radio Music, Relax Free Radio, The Mad Music Asylum, War Stories Radio, and UK based XRP Radio, among others.