Since the topic appeared on Facebook the other day, thought I would add my two cents.
Yes, Frankie and the Aliens grew partly out of a crazed late night idea and the virtuosity of Dan’s guitar playing. Restless and in the mood for a venue to display his blues lead guitar style. Dan formed the band, had Irving book some regional dates, and went on a small tour and did something that he had always wanted to do- for fun. Rehearsals began at his ranch in Colorado. The band roared into Santa Fe to kick off the Alien’s tour at the now defunct Club West. Imagine my quiet life shattered by the entrance of rock and roll’s notorious bad boys, the likes of Joe Vitale and Rick Rosas. They descended on the “Chicken Shack” our rented 100 year old adobe on Canyon Road. Joe Vitale was freaked out by Santa Fe noting that there were too many artists. He proceeded to fill a sketch book with drawings after having more cups of coffee than Voltaire and made plans for a one man show.
Dan and Anastasia made a big spaghetti dinner before the show for the entire band. At the club, no one was quite sure who this was but they grooved on it. Anastasia was decked out in total blues regalia dancing in front of the stage. The show rocked and Dan’s knowledge of the Blues shined doing cover tunes from Eric Clapton to BB King. His rendition of Muddy’s Blow Wind Blow was later released.
A year earlier Dan and I had seen Albert Collins perform at Club West. Which meant we were about five feet away since not too many people knew who he was or showed up to see him. Dan was soaking up his modal minor tuning and guitar work. His ear for music was outstanding. He grabbed a guitar later and totally played Albert’s riffs.
During the tour, people demanded their money back and generally were horrified when instead of Ballads they got Blues.
Anyway I for one loved this adventure in Dan’s musical career and formed the Emergency Blues Band out of sheer inspiration. It was only last year that the Coachmen collectively realized during our second reunion that we were actually a blues band. Yeah baby…