(This Folk Alley Session was first published in February, 2011)
Born on Long Island, Frank Vignola began playing guitar at age 5. His father was a part-time professional banjo player who introduced Frank to music and musicians. Vignola developed his craft to the point that he was playing alongside legends like Les Paul in his early 20s and he has since acquired a reputation as one of the best guitar players in the business for his virtuosic skill in a variety of styles – everything from gypsy and jazz to bluegrass.
The native New Yorker stopped by the Folk Alley studios in early 2011 to tell host, Jim Blum the benefits of beating the pavement in search of a gig and developing a recognizable sound. He also performed a few songs accompanied by guitarist, Vinny Raniolo.