I converse with rock stars, on the real side of life. My name is Frank Jenks, and I am searching & hoping & rocking & digging through life. Just like them. Just like all of us. Thanks for listening [in].
Sean Danielsen/Smile Empty Soul...with Frank Jenks
Probably my fave guy I've gotten to meet, and know, throughout my traveling microphone time. Each time we dive pretty deep into the ways and means of human existence. Sean reads some interesting articles and books on how/why certain consequences happen. Some are unintended consequences. Many (we think) are because of the pointedly self-serving. Yet those "leaders" speak quite syrupy to the people. And those people include us. I am happy that Sean speaks truth through his lyrics to those in power...and I wish more people would hear his words (let alone his music). Now please hear this. We recorded this in my car before their show in Battle Creek, MI on June 1, 2018. -Frank
Justin Furstenfeld/Blue October...with Frank Jenks
For years I wanted to interview Justin Furstenfeld. I think I was shot down because either they were too big, or Justin was fully in his addiction mode. I have to believe that we connected at the right time on planet Earth. Such a giving gentleman with his time and his soul. His admitted life was so dark and dank, which makes his new(ly) found gratefulness is so beautiful. He radiates life. And hope. And genuine-ness. He leads Blue October with a spirit that you can touch when you see them live. We recorded this backstage before their show in Grand Rapids, MI on Sept 29, 2018. Get ready to face it. -Frank
Brad Arnold/3 Doors Down...with Frank Jenks
My favorite part of meeting people is when they are nice. Grateful. Pleasant. And empathetic. And that is exactly how I describe the guys in 3 Doors Down. I’m sure that’s what sucked me in from the start, getting all that from gist of their lyrics...searching for a greater understanding of our time together on this here earth. This is from my microphone sit down with the lead singer, main lyricist, Brad Arnold. We recorded this in Grand Rapids, MI on November 4, 2011. Brad is honest from the get-go. Probably the way we all should be. -Frank
Eddie Money...with Frank Jenks
What a great day. The day I get to put my traveling microphone in front of the Money Man. We did this during the day at his hotel, before his concert. Friendly, for sure. Timely, yep. Ready to go, you bet. And chatty, just what someone like me hopes for...and with meaning! Reminds me again that you can't take some lyrics for superficial granted. Eddie has songs that have topped the charts, and along the way found the bottom of life. But from what I can tell, he always kept his focus on what's important. and made it through. This was recorded in Grand Rapids, MI on February 27, 2011. Whatever you thought of Eddie Money before you hear this, you'll think more of him after listening in. -Frank
Rhett Walker/Rhett Walker Band...with Frank Jenks
So I arrive at the venue to find this guy named Rhett Walker, and it took a minute because I had to wade through fans and maneuver backstage-ness. Immediately we were both grumbling ab the same thing...where are we gonna find a spot that’s not filled with interference? We found a bus, and hijacked the rear lounge. This was recorded in Lansing, MI on October 27, 2012. I hope you like this, as much as I like his music. -Frank
Jonny Hetherington/Art Of Dying...with Frank Jenks
I love it when somebody actually takes time to know me, and even better, to remember me. I think that's pretty human. And I think Jonny Hetherington is a pretty special human. Since my first microphone time with the lead singer/main lyricist for Art Of Dying, I was hooked. On the songs. His energy. His positiveness. The deeper-than-you-think lyrics. His smile. His humanness really... We recorded this backstage at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI on June 7, 2015. -Frank
very in depth and interesting interview.