Frank & Allie Lee are husband-and-wife folk musicians who met when their bands were booked at the same festival in 2012.
Allie's band The Whipstitch Sallies and Frank's band The Freight Hoppers were at the same festival in 2012 and again in 2013. Allie is on stage, and Frank is standing to the right.
For duo shows, Allie plays a 1900s Washburn guitar that a family friend found in their friend's attic. Frank plays a variety of banjos, but the one in this picture is for playing around the house only - its friction tuners make it impractical for performances.
Since starting to perform rural Southern music together in 2016, the feedback we have heard most often from folks across the country is that watching our show makes them happy.
We feel happy when we sing in harmony
and share our music. Passing on that joy to our listeners is why we perform. When we drive home from a gig, we reflect on the happy faces in the crowd. If we made you happy, then we feel that the show was worthwhile.
We perform regularly as a duo and also with our two other projects. Several times a year, we play festivals with our old time band The Freight Hoppers which Frank founded in 1993, now featuring Amanda Kowalski on bass and David Bass on fiddle. Our newer project is another four-piece band called The Smoky Mountaineers with fiddler Frank Bronson and bassist Bradley Adams.
Living in beautiful Bryson City, North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
with our daughter and rescued kitties,
we are known for singing old songs,
playing the banjo, building community through teaching music, and
making screen-printed t-shirts, which are available in our store and on Etsy.
Official Showcase Artists 2019
#18 on Folk Chart for March 2019