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A passion for traditional songs and tunes from the rural South has fueled Frank's love of performing for the past 40 years.


As a founding member of The Freight Hoppers, he has shared this passion with audiences all over the United States, Canada, and northern Europe. His repertoire has a range of old time music from raw Blues from the Mississippi Delta to the hillbilly music recorded in the 1920s.


Banjo players all over the world study and emulate Frank’s signature clawhammer sound. He taught at the first Roots of Amican Music Week at Mars Hill in 2017 and will teach at Mars Hill Old Time week in June 2019.


Frank lives in Bryson City, NC with his wife Allie and daughter Willow.

Frank Lee