by rudyards | November 17th, 2012
Glambilly (San Antonio, TX)
Hans Frank was born and raised in rural Appalachia, in the tri-state region of southeastern Ohio, western West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky. Always a prolific songwriter, the combination of rough and refined contributes to the dissonance in Hans’ music. His lyrics experiment on the continuum of kitschy, desperation, and painful introspection while his songwriting is bittersweet and full of nuance.
In 2003, Hans formed the band 10 CITY RUN and in 2005 Universal Records signed 10 CITY RUN and released Somethin’ Else. Hans’ single, “City of Angels (Dumb Ol’ Country Boy)” received substantial airplay nationally both on terrestrial and satellite radio and had a good run on the Texas Charts.
The video for “City of Angels” went on to win an ACE Award and premiered on CMT’s Top 20 Countdown and has been a regular fixture on GAC’s EDGE OF COUNTRY.
Hans has played in various bands over the years, encompassing a wide variety of genres and styles-from garage rock to rockabilly, from punk to traditional country. Hans counts opening for Ray Price at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as one of his major accomplishments.
Hans holds a BS in Film and Playwriting from Ohio University and an MFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from theUniversity of Alabama. Hans’ theatre work first received notice in the Austin Theatre scene where his one man show, Lonely Highway, won two Austin Critics Awards. Hans went on to become a produced playwright, as well as a produced screenwriter before being signed to Universal South Records.
Hans formed GLAMBILLY in November 2007 with former Ernest Tubb guitarist and Texas Troubadour Pete Mitchell and drummer extraordinaire Bobby Natanson, who was a frequent guest on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Dean Martin Show as a member of The Swingin’ Lads. Natanson also played drums with such renowned artists as T-Bone Walker and Gabor Szabo.
GLAMBILLY is a diverse and edgy potpourri of roots music, or as Frank once said in interview: “Bill Monroe meets The New York Dolls.”
GLAMBILLY’s present lineup is Hans Frank on vocals, bass, and keyboards; Tony Gloria on drums and percussion; and über guitarist “Dangerous” Danny Aaron, formerly of THE DANGEROUS TOYS.
Hans currently lives in San Antonio and his three favorite things about The Alamo City are Machacado Tacos, the beautiful people, and always being able to find a place to park.
Chelsea Hotel (Houston, TX)
This Houston, TX band is fronted by Robert Conn on guitar and vocals. Conn was one of the original members of The Pagans and Defnics from Cleveland, OH. Robert was also on The Plague “Just Say No” classic thrash punk album….. Conn maintains his raw edge “punk n’ roll” style of writing with Chelsea Hotel…..Bass duties are handled by Jewels. This Houston girl knows how to rock with the best of ‘em, and she’s all about playin’ some kick ass Texas rock n roll!!!…. Curt DeGidio is on 2nd guitar. He is a great addition to the lineup. Curt hails from Cleveland, OH and did time with The Chrome Kickers as well as other projects… Drums are handled by Houston’s own Andy Chaos who just kills a drum kit with the power he puts out!! This is a rock n roll lineup you don’t want to miss….. The band has had Robb “Dog” Loughmiller on drums, former Junkyard man Max Gottlieb on guitar, Billy Kenner on drums and a brief time with Lonnie Vincent of The Bulletboys who sat in for a few gigs and practices in late ’08/ early ’09. Thanks to all who have passed through this band we call CHELSEA HOTEL, for that very reason!
Automatic Thrill (Houston, TX)
Tony Fulco-singer, Stevie Sims-drummer, Ryan Poole-guitar, Travis Massacre-guitar, Chadwick Davis-bass