Treat A Stranger Right

New album from Frank & Allie Lee
Coming February 7, 2020

"All of us down here are strangers.

Everybody ought to treat a stranger right, a long way from home."

- Blind Willie Johnson

With a cast of characters from crooks to cowboys and farmers to hobos, Frank and Allie's album Treat A Stranger Right is a story about humankindness. 

Under all the broken promises, unmet expectations, murderous impulses, and rugged individualism of each song is

the need for connection and kindness.

That we never know what

someone else is really going through.

That we're all in this together.

That things work out better for us

when we see each other

as fellow strangers on the journey

rather than an "other" to be feared or fought against.

The songs, learned from American folk musicians in the early days of the recording industry, span a range of styles.

There's Frank's signature clawhammer banjo sound

on steel string and nylon string banjos.

There are slide guitar and harmonica blues pieces.

There's Maybelle Carter-inspired country guitar.

There's cross-tuned old time fiddling a la Fiddlin' John Carson.

And Frank & Allie's voices in harmony tying it all together.

While the songs are old, the message is for all of us today:

Everybody ought to treat a stranger right.


Recorded and mixed at Big Creek Music in Barnardsville with engineer Bruce Lang from July-October 2019.

Mastered by Independent Mastering, Nashville, TN.

Design by David Lynch.

Photography by Terri Clark.

Promoted to radio by Art Menius.

"Lost John" Music video directed by Ty Gilpin of Crossroads Label Group and filmed by Bob Peck of Mountainwater Films.

Actors in "Lost John" video are Darren Wallace and Willow Lee.

(c) 2019 Bake Tone Records

recording "When I Was A Cowboy"

Treat A Stranger Right

Treat A Stranger Right features twelve songs from an assortment of country & blues early recording artists, carefully chosen, learned, and interpreted by Frank & Allie Lee.

A variety of instruments awaits you. 

* Frank's 1920's Gibson guitar

* Frank's 1932 National Duolian resonator guitar

* Frank's 1936 Carson Robison-branded guitar made by Gibson

* Allie's 1900's Washburn guitar that was a gift from a familt friend

* Chuck Lee open-back banjo

* Dean Robinson open-back banjo

* Jeff Delfield fretless banjo

* Jeff Delfield fretted banjo

* Pisgah Banjos open-back banjo

* Frank's signature Polo nylon string fretless banjo

* harmonica by Allie

* fiddle by Frank

* upright bass by Bruce Lang

Track list:

1. Sugar Babe

2. Lost John

3. The Sailor and the Soldier

4. When I Was A Cowboy

5. You Are My Flower

6. Frankie

7. Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right

8. Darling Corey

9. Lazy Farmer

10. White Top Mountain

11. Sugar in the Gourd

12. Come and Go With Me


Place your order here today, and you will receive digital downloads instantly.

You will also receive a signed physical CD in the mail the last week of January.