26 February 1944, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Franks self-titled 1972 debut on Vanguard Records inspired the press to mark him as part of the New Dylan crop (John Prine, Loudon Wainwright III, et al) emerging in the USA in the early 70s. His earthy, acoustic country folk style and poetic imagery, however, were all his own. The album earned a hardcore cult following (including famed producer Jim Dickinson and country star Chris LeDoux, both of whom covered Franks tunes), but personal issues prevented Frank from participating in promotion, and a cult item it remained.
Soon after, Frank disappeared from the music business, employed in a straight job and became a family man. He never stopped writing, though, and in 2001 he ended his silence with A Little Gest Of Robin Hood, on which he translated a 600-year-old, 456-stanza folk ballad from Middle English and set it to music. While that eccentric project garnered little...