Frankie Lee

Stillwater is a small town between two hills in the middle of America. Frankie Lee was born there and has been running from it and to it ever since. Stillwater is also a record about life in middle America. A “record” meaning simply that, converting sound into permanent form. This is the story of how that record came to be.

For the recording of the follow up to American Dreamer – “debut album of the year” Rolling Stone – Frankie Lee had visited a few studios and they all felt like the same big production factories. He had spent the best part of a year wrangling livestock and had a pile of cash on the table to pay for the biggest and best gadgets which he then found he ultimately had absolutely no interest in. Lee wanted to get away from people who thought music should be made in isolation booths or that bigger was better. All the people who wanted the next big thing. Lee wanted to be the last little thing, he just had to find the right space to do it in.

One day Frankie Lee was walking down main street in his hometown and it hit him that he could bring the studio to them. Luckily, the house he grew up in was available. His mum had lived in the same house in Stillwater for most of Lee’s life. It’s a small cedar-sided house on an acre lot on the northern end of town, tucked back in the woods on a small hill, it looks like a log cabin.

So they packed in their instruments, tuned the old upright piano and rolled out a tape machine next to the wood-burning stove. Music was made from morning ‘til night. For three days straight, they ate together, stayed together and played together. Cutting six songs the first day and five the next, most of what they captured was first or second take. The music is minimal and warm. Lee describes his sound as “Western Music”, steel guitars and synths blend with acoustic guitars and omni chords. The musical brush is gold and green, dipped in deep blue. He slips in and out of time throughout the record. One line in a song could be its first or last. The song-stories are a blend of his own romantic grit. Ex-lovers, lost land and hope flung out of a car window, fraying in the wind.”

On American Dreamer, Lee’s characters were set loose in a seemingly inescapable inheritance of self-destruction. On Stillwater, they seek a path towards redemption by returning home and confronting the past. Based on the loss of youth, with a focus on the dissolution of love, as well as the real life of the working class, Stillwater is a scrapbook of short stories, reveries and musical growth by one of America’s greatest unknown songwriters.

Past Shows


Dec
7
th
2019
The Fitzgerald Theater
Dec
7
th
2019
The Fitzgerald Theater

Mason Jennings

with Frankie Lee
Jun
28
th
2019
The Cedar Cultural Center
Jun
28
th
2019
The Cedar Cultural Center

Frankie Lee

with Under Violet
Jan
7
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
7
th
2019
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Frankie Lee
Dec
13
th
2018
Turf Club
Dec
13
th
2018
Turf Club

All Tomorrow's Petty

with Under Violet, David Huckfelt, Aby Wolf and more!
Aug
17
th
2018
Turf Club
Aug
17
th
2018
Turf Club
May
5
th
2018
Palace Theatre
May
5
th
2018
Palace Theatre

Trampled by Turtles

with Frankie Lee
Jan
1
st
2018
Turf Club
Jan
1
st
2018
Turf Club

The Cactus Blossoms

with Frankie Lee
Dec
24
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Dec
24
th
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with Dave Simonett, David Huckfelt and Michael Rossetto
Dec
17
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Dec
17
th
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with RACHEL HANSON and Savannah Smith
Dec
10
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Dec
10
th
2017
Clown Lounge

David Huckfelt

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with Keith Secola, Frankie Lee and HANNAH VON DER HOFF
Dec
3
rd
2017
Clown Lounge
Dec
3
rd
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with The Kernal
Oct
4
th
2017
Turf Club
Oct
4
th
2017
Turf Club

All Tomorrow's Petty

with Aby Wolf, Frankie Lee, Al Church and more!
Jun
26
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Jun
26
th
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with Sarah Krueger and John Swardson
Jun
19
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Jun
19
th
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with Dave Simonett and Ben Weaver
Jun
12
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Jun
12
th
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with Mason Jennings, Claire de Lune and David Huckfelt
Jun
5
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Jun
5
th
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
May
4
th
2017
Turf Club
May
4
th
2017
Turf Club

Frankie Lee, Sam Cassidy and The Person & The People

with DAVE PIRNER & KRAIG JOHNSON in the Clown Lounge
Dec
21
st
2016
Clown Lounge
Dec
21
st
2016
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
Sep
17
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island
Sep
17
th
2016
Historic Hall’s Island

Trampled by Turtles

with The Arcs, Andrew Bird, Jake Bugg and more!
Sep
5
th
2016
Clown Lounge
Sep
5
th
2016
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)

More Shows

Dec
17
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Storyhill

Sep
20
th
Fine Line
Sep
16
th
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Ginger Root

with King Pari
Aug
27
th
7th St Entry

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