For years, Frank Bang was Buddy Guys’ right-hand man

Frank Bang

Frank “Bang” Blinkal was always the blues guy in any rock or funk band he was in.

Born and raised in Chicago, he worked his way up through the ranks to play with blues master and legend Buddy Guy. Bang played with Buddy Guy every night for five years. He’s bringing his band – Frank Bang and the Cook County Kings – to Pisgah Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 19.

Touring in advance of the release this summer of his CD, “The Blues Don’t Care,” Bang started playing with Guy in 1991, working with him in his club, Buddy Guy’s Legends. “I did everything from change the merchandise to paint the place,” Bang says in the bio on his website. “I even cooked brunch two Blues Festival weekends with Sam Guy, Buddy’s brother.”

Bang toured every summer with B.B. King and saw the world. “Playing with your idols and inspiring the greats that inspired me – it was an amazing experience,” he said.

In keeping with the energy during their live shows, Frank Bang & the Cook County Kings recorded “The Blues Don’t Care” all in one day. “That wasn’t the plan, it’s just how it happened,” he said, noting that all his favorite blues records were live. “We just rolled and recorded. Almost everything was a first take.”

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2 comments on “For years, Frank Bang was Buddy Guys’ right-hand man
  1. Jayme Brown says:

    Hi Frank, Jayme from Algona Iowa. Your new album is kick ass. I am glad I have had the opportunity to get to meet you and get the opportunity to hear your mighty fine blues. I hope I am around if you can ever come to Algona IA again for Ron Baade. I will be pissed if I miss your proformance again. I found the right connection for our blues society here and they are looking at 2017 I have you in the mix. I sure would like to see you here. You are the finest blues performer one could wish to see.

  2. Raye Lynne Loftis says:

    Recorded everything in one day, mostly first takes. That’s because you don’t need to re-do the blues when it’s good.

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