Produced by: Frank Hannon; guitars, vocals
Drums: Kelly Smith
Frank Hannon’s latest single “South Side” is not only a tribute to his hometown hood of South Sacramento, CA, but also a homage to the very first band of musicians that Frank played and learned music with as a 12 year old kid in the 70’s.
Verse 1 of the song mentions “Me and Bobby hanging out in the park.. drinking beers and playing guitars!” This is about the late Bobby Reed (R.I.P) who was Franks best friend in 7th grade and who taught him how to play his first guitar leads. It also helped that Bobby was feared by the neighborhood thugs as he protected Frank when they hung out in the park.
Verse 2 talks of jamming in the garage with 11 year old Johnny and playing their very first gig at the Moose Lodge which had included Frank’s cousin Mike playing bass guitar! The young band didn’t even have a name yet, but the guys were sometimes called the “Cruisin’ Cousins”. Recently reunited with John Barry after 40 years .. the song has become a trip down memory lane.
We hope you enjoy a trip back to the “South Side”.
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The Heavy Metal Hippie
Raised on the psychedelic sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, and others from the San Francisco era as a child, he then developed his love for hard rock throughout high school in the 80’s.
“What I love about music is you can always learn something new…especially from the roots of old music…this is the 35th year of my career and musically it is the best time of my life!”~ Frank Hannon
Founding member and lead guitarist of the band TESLA. Frank is an accomplished singer-songwriter and producer. Having a passion for all genres of music, he has recorded several solo albums including “Guitarz From Marz“, “Gypsy Highway“, “Six-String Soldiers“, “World Peace“ and his latest two volume cover series “From one place…to Another!“. Frank is also passionate horses, spending time off stage with his wife in the competitive sport of Horse Cutting.
Playing Electric and Acoustic guitar, Piano, B3 organ, Bass and just about any instrument he can get in his hands, Frank loves to experiment with Blues, Country, Folk and Jamming improvising styles beyond what he is most famous for in the “Rock” genre.
Photo: Steve Hurta