We had the good fortune of connecting with Frankie Leonie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frankie, what do you want your legacy to be?
The amazing thing about music is that, when it’s recorded, it will far outlive us. Our time on this earth is so small in the grand scheme of things, but a song has the ability to live forever and reach more people than you ever personally could have. I think that’s one of my favorite things about it. Writing a song is a way for the person writing it to get their thoughts out of their head and make something out of their experiences, whether good or bad, and it’s a way for a person hearing it to feel connected to and heard by you, even if you’ve never met. I hope that I can write something that sticks with someone and makes them feel like I know just what they’re thinking or feeling, whether it reaches them now, or years after I’m gone.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The thing I’m most proud of and excited about at the moment is an album that’s in the works! For the last few months, I’ve been recording at Echo Lab in Argyle, TX with Charley Wiles, Matt Pence, Ben Barajas, and Parker Twomey. It’s thrilling to hear songs transform from their bare bones into something new and full. I haven’t released anything in quite a while, so I’m pumped to have new music to share.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question! First, we would have to go shopping. We would probably hit up Dolly Python for some vintage clothes and jewelry, then head to Bishop Arts to stop in cute local shops like Beatnik Fine Goods, Magic Hour, Go Easy and Spinster Records to name a few. For food, my number one favorite is Kalachandji’s. You also can’t fully experience Dallas without going to Deep Ellum, and my favorite spots down there are AllGood Cafe, Adair’s and Mama Tried.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m extremely lucky to have parents and family that truly support and encourage me. I’m also so grateful for the musicians that I’ve had the honor of playing with over the years. A good handful of the people that started out as guys I just played shows with sometimes transformed into people that I can look to for guidance and feedback and friendship, which is really a gift.
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