Tesla’s Frank Hannon Interview/Performance on ‘Good Day Sacramento’
Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon did an interview and live performance on the December 27, 2010 edition of the CW31 morning show “Good Day Sacramento”. You can watch video footage of his appearance below.
Hannon recently released a new solo album, “Gypsy Highway”, which he described as “an acoustic collection of songs that are very close to my heart… sort of like autobiographical stories that I wrote and sang completely on my own with acoustic guitar. The title track, ‘Gypsy Highway’, is my story of leaving on the road and flying out of Tulsa, Oklahoma from Rocklahoma. I mention Willie Nelson in the song because it seems that ‘On the road again…’ always echos through my head when I leave home.
“As a kid, I loved some of the artist my mom was into like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash was my first concert ever. The ‘storytelling’ style of songwriting has always been fascinating to me, like the song ‘Me And Bobby McGee’, for example. Singing is a whole another world for me and it took me a long time to find my voice as a lead singer and feel comfortable exposing my soul that way.
“On ‘Gypsy Highway’, I wrote, sang and played all the instruments and it is definitely an ‘acoustic’-type album that shares a lot of my roots and life experiences from the heart.
“On this new album I play acoustic and electric guitars dobro slide, banjo, fretless bass, jembe drums, drums and percussion, flute, cello, piano and organ, lead vocals and background harmonies. I engineered the album while playing as well which could get real tricky at times pushing the ‘record’ button.
“At a young age, I learned to overdub music on a four- track cassette deck, and so composing all the instruments together on an album actually wasn’t too hard. It’s like putting together puzzle pieces and make it fit to sound as good as you can. Robbie Furiosi also played some guest drums on three of the songs.”