Frank & Allie Lee are old time and folk musicians in western North Carolina.
Our newest album, Treat A Stranger Right, was #1 on the folk radio charts for January and February 2020.
COVID-19 cancelled all of our work beginning in mid-March of 2020. We were not eligible for unemployment or loans. We turned to Facebook Live, performing regular live streams (many for charitable causes) until our son Daniel was born in August.
Daniel has a rare genetic condition, Apert Syndrome, which means we take him to doctors and specialists 1-3 times a week. And with COVID-19 still ravaging the country, we are still not able to perform as we used to.
We appreciate you being here. We invite you to listen to our music on Spotify, YouTube, Facebook Live archives, and even here on our site.
You can also purchase CDs, instructional DVDs, and handmade t-shirts from us in our store.
Our most loyal fans choosing to support us has been the only way we have survived this pandemic, and for them we are eternally grateful.
Thank you for supporting live music from home!
downloads & CDs
Treat A Stranger Right
New Album Feb 7, 2020
The new album is WONDERFUL!!! I received it yesterday and glad it's not vinyl because it would be worn out already.
You asked for my favorite song on the album. I don't know...loved them all. I do believe you nailed it...and your recording engineer really did a great job too. It sounds live but nothing overpowers, especially just the right amount of bass.
Please keep recording for the rest of us who dream of playing like you two.
- John Spain, Fort Smith AR
TREAT A STRANGER RIGHT
Thousands of music lovers around the world have found their new favorite t-shirts right here!
Frank prints t-shirts by hand using a no-tech process called screen printing.
He printed his first design in 1987, selling the shirts at festivals and shows as a solo artist, in duo acts, and with The Freight Hoppers.
When Allie joined forces with him in 2016, she added women's shirts to the inventory so that more body types could rock these cool designs.
Frank & Allie's
They listen to a lot of old American music recorded in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, choosing great songs by great artists they love.
They learn, arrange, and record their favorite songs.
You can enjoy the reinterpreted songs through their albums, videos, live shows, and workshops.
Frank & Allie's recorded
Frank & Allie's discography includes albums by Frank, The Freight Hoppers, The Whipstitch Sallies, and Frank & Allie. CDs, downloads, and streaming are available, depending on the album.
Their newest album together - and the first since their marriage - is Treat A Stranger Right.
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
Can we send you three songs from Treat A Stranger right?
I've been a fan of The Freight Hoppers right from the beginning,
but what I love about your duo work is
the sparseness and the room
to hear every note
and that you both are such a great compliment to each other musically.
- Philomena Carroll, Australia