Frankie Lee performs in The Current studio

Frankie Lee performs "High and Dry" off American Dreamer live in The Current studio. (MPR)
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  • Frankie Lee - High and Dry (Live on The Current) 04:29
  • Frankie Lee - Houses (Live on The Current) 03:57
  • Frankie Lee - American Dreamer (Live on The Current) 03:05

"All good things are worth waiting for. If I'm not sick of the songs yet — and it's been a while for some of these — it's nice to see that they have a life."

Ahead of his American Dreamer release show at the Turf Club, Frankie Lee and company (Jeremy Hanson, Jake Hanson, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Barbara Jean and Phil Hicks) stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Bill DeVille.

Frankie is happy to share American Dreamer back home; it's been out in Europe since October 2015, but some songs have lived for as many as 15 years. "The songs are a period of my life," says Lee. "I guess that's why they call it a record."

Before traveling like a nomad (Frankie's lived in Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles and Milwaukee) and working odd jobs (including farming hogs, which left three of his fretting fingers crushed), Lee's early mentors Curtiss A and Slim Dunlap clearly had an impact on his path to songwriting and performing.

"No one really ever sat me down but they definitely brought me along, which is a big thing for a kid," says Frankie. Indeed, so much so that it inspired an American dreamer.

Songs Performed

"High and Dry"
"Houses"
"American Dreamer"

"High and Dry" and "American Dreamer" are off American Dreamer, out now via Loose Music. "Houses" is an Elyse Weinberg cover.

Hosted by Bill DeVille
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Mike DeMark
Visuals by Leah Garaas
Web feature by Leah Garaas

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    Jake Hanson performing with Frankie Lee live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)
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    Jeremy Hanson performing with Frankie Lee live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Barbara Jean
    Barbara Jean performing with Frankie Lee live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)
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    Phil Hicks performing with Frankie Lee live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Jake and Jeremy Hanson
    Jake and Jeremy Hanson performing with Frankie Lee live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)
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    Frankie Lee performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Frankie Lee
    Frankie Lee performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)
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    Frankie Lee and his band performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Leah Garaas)