Frank D’Rone

Sept. 1 - 2012

Would it be okay if we used that old econium, “singer’s singer,” to characterize Frank D’Rone? That’s usually empty praise. But being that’s how Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra have described D’Rone, it couldn’t mean more. For more than 50 years, the Chicago crooner has embodied a rare kind of artistry in his handling of the popular song, attaining  maximum style with minimum fuss.

Long before George Benson added singing to his guitar playing, D’Rone was a serious double threat. On his fine new album, Double Exposure, he alternates between swinging big band treatments and affecting voice-and-guitar numbers. At the festival, he’ll be spotlighted in a third instrumental setting, backed by singer’s pianist Bobby Schiff, bassist Nick Schneider and drummer Chuck Christiansen. A Chicago tradition unto himself, D’Rone gives old-school a good name by embodying classic values: deep musicality, flawless intonation and honest feeling.

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