The Franck Ash Band
Franck Ash – guitar, vocals
Derek White – bass
Chris Sharley – drums
Blues guitarist Franck Ash, was guitarist and band leader for Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, recording two albums with him and playing in his band across the USA and Europe. Franck wows audiences with his vocal style, impressive guitar lines and excellent rhythmic feel; playing traditional and funky/soul blues originals and interesting versions of classic blues songs.
Immersed in Black American music from a very young age, Franck Ash developed a passion for singing and playing guitar at the age of 12. His love of music and hunger for the Blues continued throughout his childhood and led him to become a professional musician in 1985. Franck’s debut album in 1999 ‘This Must Be Love’ was released to critical acclaim across the international Blues scene, resulting in an award from the French Academy Of Jazz and an award as best European artist in 2000 by Euroblues.
Alongside the work with his own band, Franck was also invited to become band leader and guitar player for the great SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS. They toured Europe and the USA, including playing the 13th Chicago Blues Festival and recorded two albums together – ‘At Last’ in Sam Phillips Memphis studio with Muscle Shoals rhythm section (1997), and ‘Live At The Olympia’ in Paris (1998). This collaboration lasted up until Screamin’ Jay’s passing in February 2000.
Franck’s debut album in 1999 ‘This Must Be Love’ was released to critical acclaim across the international Blues scene, resulting in an award from the French Academy Of Jazz and an award as best European artist in 2000 by Euroblues.
As inimitably his own style, Franck continued to develop a unique and versatile repertoire with a fusion of Soul, R’nB and Funk on a solid Blues ground and released ‘Beyond The Clouds’ in 2003.
2011 – ‘Caught in The Act – Live In London’ definitely shows that Franck loves being on stage and his live performances are full of energy and virtuosity. In this live recording he also truly enjoys bringing along new arrangements to great blues standards.
Franck Ash has supported blues greats such as Luther Allison, Dr. John, Robert Cray, Robben Ford , Magic Slim and Taj Mahal and met Mr BB King several times. Sounds like a good recommendation to come and meet Franck Ash at Blues Bar Tring for a night of superb blues music !