Frank and I met at a gig we were both booked to play solo. We exchanged info and talked about getting together to try a few songs and to see how our voices harmonized together. Several weeks later I called to see if he was still interested in getting together. He said, "sure" so our first session was in January of 2002 at my house. I think the first song we tried was Sand Man by America. We also did Helplessly Hoping and Southern Cross by CSN. It was pretty obvious, to me at least, that our voices sounded pretty good together. Sure there were phrasing issues we would need to work out, but there were several moments that gave me the feeling that this could work.
We each had a few solo gigs lined up over the next several months that we teamed up on, and before we knew it, we were off and strumming as a duo. We kicked around a few names like Deja Vu and Figure 8, but nothing really struck either of us as great. We decided to just be Frank and Dave. It just rolls off your tongue better that way. There was no fight over whose name came first. We added "The Fabulous" at the beginning as a joke that seemed to fit our narcissistic personalities and over inflated egos.
It wasn't long before we had 7 or 8 gigs a month, putting us in front of a fair number of people. Some of the early venues like Starbucks and Borders Books were good places to perfect our trademarked harmony blend. We were fortunate to get a call from the keyboard player for Dave Mason, (We Just Disagree) whose brother was the owner of the club where Frank and I first met, (The Cabaret in Naperville). Mason was going to be doing two shows there in August of 2002 and we were asked to be the opening act. Both nights were packed and we got some great exposure.
I believe it was our second summer (2003) that we started playing out on the Master's Grill Patio at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale. When we first started playing there we were only booked on an occasional Wednesday. The next summer 2004 we were moved to Fridays and contracted to play every Friday from Memorial through Labor Day Weekends. We did the same in 2005 and 2006. Indian Lakes has grown to be one of our largest attended shows. On any given sunny Friday, you would be hard pressed to find an open seat. We have just added the Arrowhead Clubhouse Bar In Wheaton to our weekly Thursday gig schedule. We are looking forward to building the same type of following there.
In November of 2005 we got booked to appear on the WGN Channel 9 Morning Show. We played about 30 seconds of Frank's Don't Call Me, and my Recurring Dreams as "teasers" leading into two of the commercial breaks. For the featured song, the producer wanted us to play something up beat and fun, so we played the Bodean's Good Work.
If you missed it, you can watch the video on our website.
We released our first CD (Two For The Show) pretty quickly after we got together in 2002 after we realized there was some money to be made at shows by selling CDs. We milked that one for all we could before we released our second (One For The Money) in 2006. People often ask us when we will do an all-original CD. Sooooo...we took several songs that we have each written over the years and put together a compilation called Different Roads. Hopefully we will release it in early 2007.
We would like to thank all of our faithful followers who have supported us throughout the years (you know who you are). We are anxious to keep the momentum going for many years to come, or until we get famous and blow this town, (just kidding).
See you at the next show,