"When someone has done as much, lived as much and played as much as Rocky Frisco it becomes hard to introduce them adequately. The basic information is online, he was born Don Roscoe Joseph III in Saint Louis, Missouri on July 26, 1937, he has played music with JJ Cale since they were kids, starting in 1957 in Gene Crose's band in Tulsa Oklahoma. He was the lead singer for The Four Flames in the late 1950's, he rode a bicycle for seven days to interview and jam with Elvis Presley, he has raced cars, he has been an actor in motion pictures and the list goes on.
Beyond the endless list of achievements for which Rocky Frisco was inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, there is the man himself, the musician as he is in this 21st century of ours. It's not only relevant but also particularly poignant that Rocky has been playing for 60 years and, despite his age, can still be found playing three, four, sometimes five times a week.
But I'm not here to introduce a Biography, it's a record we're talking about. Rocky Frisco is a legend but why does that mean you should have his CD in your collection? Basically because the truth resonates with us all in a way that cannot be described.
There is Rocky Frisco the piano player and Rocky Frisco the songwriter. As a piano player, Rocky retains an old school style that is reminiscent of Charles Brown but a little more flamboyant. He sometimes even reminds me of Ruben Gonzalez (Buena Vista Social Club). He has played through the genres and the trends of the last six decades, never failing to fit in, but without ever losing his roots, that lay deep in the Blues and in early Rock and Roll.
On this record, however, I would highlight Rocky Frisco the songwriter. I have been privileged to have spent a lot of time with Rocky as a close personal friend. The knowledge and wisdom he possesses is something that is impossible to teach, it is born out of a long life lived on the edge, a heart that still falls in love, still gets back up, still dusts itself off and still falls in love again. Most people become cynical and protective of their own feelings much earlier in life. I'm sure Rocky would love to do just that, but he can't. That's not his job. His songs and his voice might be the closest many of you will get to knowing the price a songwriter pays, for his very life is invested for no reward. This is not Cash or Willie, Hooker or Ray Charles. There is no fame, no fortune. Just a man who has seen a lot, lost a lot, loved a lot and understands the path to personal liberation."