With Special Guest Frank Patrick James
Julianne Ankley has six Detroit Music Awards to her name including Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016, and has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent.
Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years. Her third solo Album “Don’t Let Go” was released in August 2015 at the Ark Theater in Ann Arbor, MI. Her sophomore album “Vivid” garnered the 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording and lead to the use of her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut solo album “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless.
Frank Patrick James
Frank Patrick James (FPJ) has lived and breathed music for the better part of his life. Growing up in the small towns north of Detroit, FPJ drew sustenance and inspiration from the archives of classic American R&B, Rock, Folk and the British invasion. His songwriting, singing and guitar style is a refreshing departure from today’s tired pop scene, yet you’ll find his tunes feel as familiar and mesmerizing as the dog-eared stack of vinyl sleeves in your favorite uncle’s smokey basement.
Gregg Allman, Terry Reid, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Levon Helm, Freddie King, David Crosby, Steve Winwood, and Leon Russell are just a small sample of the players that led FPJ to begin writing songs. It takes only a few bars to hear the influence, and a few lines to understand a similar life experience with a distinctive Detroit flavor.
Just one listen will tell you this: FPJ is real. Like well-worn denim or your favorite boots his music has a time-less fit.