Frankie “Frankie Banjo” Alibro was raised in the drained swamps of Southwest Florida, where he learned to play ragtime piano at a young age. He always knew his life would involve music and travel, but he didn’t know it would involve seeing the country from the inside of every dive bar. As a young man, Frankie was introduced to bluegrass and country music by an old man named Froy. Upon Froy’s death a year later, Frankie made the hard decision to leave the swamps and pursue music, picking up the banjo before he left. The road eventually led him to Texas, where he picked up the guitar, and he began to perform. Frankie cut his teeth with a few groups there, which gave him the itch to travel.
Part hillbilly, part cowboy, and part book-learner, Frankie Banjo is a relic of an older time in roots music, reflected in his catalog of original songs, old time Appalachian folk music, ragtime, blues, and yodeling honky tonk country. His goofy and light-hearted personality, combined with an animated singing style and energetic virtuosic playing, bring unparalleled passion to the stage. From recounting stories of friends and tales of history to singing songs he just plain likes, Frankie Banjo’s enthusiasm is contagious, and his exciting performances a labor of love.