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Frank Koren: Axe with the max

 

 

The bug bit at age thirteen. Frank Koren acquired his first guitar and before you could say 'heavy metal', he and two buddies were pleasing locals with the rock classics of Rush, Genesis, Led Zeppelin and countless other seventies rock icons - albeit without a featured vocalist. 

 

Fast forward a few years, chops firmly in place, Frank turned pro and immediately hooked up with some of Hamilton's classic rock outfits including the iconic nine-piece R&B crew, Ruben Kincade and  hard rock Guns and Roses tribute act, Lies. Intersperse this with cross-county tours with alt-pop band All Good Children and charting on CFNY102.1 and 97.7 HITZ. 

 

Moving into the 90's Frank expanded his horizons by adding country music into the mix, working with artists such as Griff Martin, David Martin, Colin Amey and Elton Lammie.

 

You've probably caught up with Frank and singer/songwriter/wife Kim Koren in a variety of venues around southern Ontario and beyond. Originally part of Punchbuggy Yellow, a band playing cover clubs and showcases, the act has morphed into a dynamic duo featuring Kim, a veteran of three critically acclaimed, independently produced albums, that have lead to live events in venues as diverse as Liverpool, London in the U.K and continental Europe.

 

When not gigging around town, chances are you'll find Frank with signature pink Telecaster and custom box of tricks, doing the QEW commute to Toronto where he's the featured guitarist for a diverse group of acts including transplanted Australian songstress, Marta Pacek.  Frank shows his versatility by blending and delivering a sensitive touch that's tailored to ear artist's distinct genre.

 

If that's not enough, Frank is a fixture in local recording studios where his talents are constantly in demand as a session guitarist, working with an eclectic mix of artists and producers including Gordon Lightfoot alumni, Amy King and Bob Doidge. Equally at home with both electric and acoustic guitars, Frank dials in his virtuosity in echoing styles as multifaceted as James Burton's chicken-scratch country picking, Cliff Gallop's hot rockabilly, Dave Gilmour's ethereal rock and Stevie Ray's raw blues power - all indelibly stamped with his own signature technique.

 

Live on stage, Frank keeps good company with an eclectic group of internationally acclaimed artists that include Kim Mitchell, Karla Crawford, 54-40, Teenage Head, Bad Company, Ronnie Milsap, Tom Wilson, Spirit of the West,  Steve Earle, Dr. John, Country Joe McDonald, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and oh yes, Justin Bieber!!

 

Arguably, it would seem that the only thing missing in Frank Koren's fast paced life is a good night's sleep.

 

Frank has most recently recorded and toured Marta Pacek's "Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms" and has begun work on his first solo record!!

 

On November 14, 2015 Frank Koren will release "RED CHAIR" in Hamilton, ON, CANADA at the CASBAH!!

 

 

 

 

 

The bug bit at age thirteen. Frank Koren acquired his first guitar and before you could say 'heavy metal', he and two buddies were pleasing locals with the rock classics of Rush, Genesis, Led Zeppelin and countless other seventies rock icons - albeit without a featured vocalist. 

 

By the early 1990s Frank was a young player out of the Hamilton music scene with the alt-pop act, All Good Children. He also honed his skills as a side player in rock, Motown and country acts! 

 

Frank is a fixture in local recording studios where his talents are constantly in demand as a session guitarist, working with an eclectic mix of artists and producers including Gordon Lightfoot alumni, Amy King and Bob Doidge. Equally at home with both electric and acoustic guitars, Frank dials in his virtuosity in echoing styles as multifaceted as James Burton's chicken-scratch country picking, Cliff Gallop's hot rockabilly, Dave Gilmour's ethereal rock and Stevie Ray's raw blues power - all indelibly stamped with his own signature technique.

 

He released his first solo record in November of 2015 to critical acclaim and a SRO release show! 

 

He is still Hamilton singer/songwriter Kim Koren’s go to guitar player for all her shows, some of which may happen to be aboard large ships in the Caribbean!

 

Frank is currently touring with top country, mainstream and rock tribute acts including the odd show with the acclaimed Classic Albums Live! 

 

 

Arguably, it would seem that the only thing missing in Frank Koren's fast paced life is a good night's sleep or a good strong Americano!!

Frank  currently tours with Classic Albums Live, Country Legends Tribute Tour, Chicken Fried(Zac Brown Band Tribute),  Mountain Music(Alabama Tribute), Only The Lonely(Roy Orbison Tribute), My Life(Billy Joel Tribute) and the Elton Lammie Band!

FRANK KOREN

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