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BIO

 

Frenchy Burrito  was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Chicago, the son of a naval aviator. One of his first heroes was Clarence Darrow, the great Chicago Defense lawyer; another was folk hero and notorious bank robber John Dillinger. Realizing that law school wasn’t in the cards (and neither was bank robbing) he got a guitar and turned his sights to songwriting instead, and wrote a song about the fabled outlaw, called The Ballad of John Dillinger. To me John Dillinger was more like Robin Hood than a criminal , says Frenchy. His first gig, at a place called The No Exit CafÈ (a perfect existential beginning) started him down his lifetime path of musical exploits. A lucky break came when a high school classmate invited Frenchy to a recording session at Chess Records. He was just an observer but the experience had a lasting affect. Quickly coming to the conclusion that John Prine and Steve Goodman had the folk scene sewed up in Chicago, Frenchy migrated to Pittsburgh in hot pursuit of a coed he met at Northwestern University. Arriving in Pittsburgh he banged around coffeehouses, bars and university stages, even starting a couple of bands (The Only Remaining Steel City Country Band and The Folk Pistols). Oddly he bumped into The Late Great Townes Van Zandt and they became fast hard friends , hanging out, going on the road, a trip to Towne’s cabin in Nashville and long distance Colorado phone conversations about their similar military school backgrounds. Townes was an inspiration and he encouraged Frenchy to keep at the music.