Chris Frank has been making music forever. His Hawaiian music teacher showed him some chords on the ukulele when he was in kindergarten, and he just kept playing. His professional debut was at the age of fourteen, playing bass in his brother’s garage band. They actually had a gig, saving the Senior Prom from disaster by filling in for the “professionals” who never showed up. At fifteen he got a “steady” job with “Gib Krisinger & His Orchestra” playing fireman’s balls and country clubs almost every Friday and Saturday Night. It was a six-piece band with an average age of about 40, and he learned “Moonglow” and “The Shiek of Araby” and many of their relatives in his four years with Gib.
From there it was sensitive singer-songwriter (starting in the college years, where he picked up a degree in music at the University of Iowa), elementary school teacher, a few years on the road, solo and with a few bands, and finally settling down in Chapel Hill, NC. He eventually wormed his way into The Red Clay Ramblers, and continues with them today. The Ramblers are active in concert, film (scoring and appearing in two of Sam Shepard’s works) and stage, thrice thrust upon the Broadway boards, winning a Tony Award in 1999 for “Fool Moon” with David Shiner and Bill Irwin, and off-Broadway in 2005 with “Lone Star Love” .
Another “day job” for Chris has been scoring music for film and TV. If you stay up late you can sometimes catch TLC’s “The Operation” which he scored for six years, and numerous Discovery Channel documentaries, including “The Bald Truth” and “Joined at Birth”, and a UNC-TV documentary about Jesse Helms.
Chris founded efolkMusic.com in 1998 as “an internet business, not a dot-com, selling MP3s by the track starting in 1999- at a time of dial-up connections and way before Apple started iTunes.” The goal was to “save folk music” as it was pushed out of the commercial outlets. In 2003 efolkMusic.org was incorporated as a nonprofit to better support this valuable but non-commercial art form. The timing of efolkMusic coincided with the revolution that is taking place in the music industry, and is no longer active.
The internet-related experience did allow Chris to develop skills that would serve his entrepreneur instincts, and in 2010 he put up his first website offering accessibility services for Section 508 (Rehabilitaion Act), remediating PDFs for compliance. It is now a full-time job, the company is Accessibility In Mind.