Preston Frank

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A link to the traditional zydeco sound of an era gone by, accordionist Preston Frank was best known in many circles as the father of nouveau zydeco star Keith Frank. Born in Oberlin, Louisiana in 1947,…
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A link to the traditional zydeco sound of an era gone by, accordionist Preston Frank was best known in many circles as the father of nouveau zydeco star Keith Frank. Born in Oberlin, Louisiana in 1947, Frank and his group the Family Zydeco Band -- also known as the Soileau Playboys as well as the Swallow Band -- honed their chops playing throughout the Eunice/Mamou area for a number of years; they did not record until 1981, sharing the collection Zydeco Volume 2 with Ambrose Sam. Over time the group's ranks grew to include his children Keith (accordion), Brad (drums) and Jennifer (bass); by the 1990s, the elder Frank began to ease into retirement, allowing Keith to gradually assume full control of the band.