Port Stanley Villager September

Meet Frank Trousdell Frank Trousdell’s hard-luck past has always relied on the Port Stanley performer’s musical artistry to pull him through. Now it has inspired the worldwide album release of The Long Road Home by Bongo Boy Music Group on September 18, 2018. A digital single by the same name was launched in August, portraying Trousdell’s unique blend of country, folk and blues music. The fodder for Trousdell’s tunes comes from heart ache, of course, as well as missed opportunities in professional hockey, career ups and downs, freaky automobile mishaps and a heart attack four years ago. “It changed me,” Trousdell said in a recent interview on the deck of his Selbourne Drive home. “I was dead for 90 seconds. “I had a lot of ‘falling apart’ in my life and writing helped me,” he continued. “Answers would come when I thought there weren’t any. I fell in love with song writing. It became therapy.” Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Trousdell has played keyboards since he was four years old. Immersed in the music of his family members and friends, Trousdell absorbed a wide variety of musical genres, but ultimately pursued a hockey career, playing centre and right wing for the Blenheim Gold Blades. He earned a hockey scholarship at the University of North Dakota, but team politics distracted him and he returned to his interest in music. Trousdell got serious about music in 1978 and joined Guelph- based recording artists Copperfield . By 1985, Trousdell went country with The Danny Thompson Band and in 1990 joined Brantford’s southern rock band The Other Kind .

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Frank Trousdell

“I started dissecting songs,” Trousdell recalled. “Everybody told me you’ve got to get the right formula. I had to figure out the formula because no one would tell me. So I started working it. That took me years of trial and error.” There was a promising recording session in 1991 at the famous Grant Avenue Studio, a converted Edwardian house in Hamilton. “The music was magical,” he said, “but I ran out of money.” So he went back on the road, “but I never had a dime to go back into the studio.” So he toured as Franklyn Alexander and the Bone Shakers and hit more than 87 clubs across Canada from 1990 to 1995. Trousdell released an album called Between Us in 1993, and a single called Then You Came True , on Roto Noto Records, in 1991 that got some airplay in Canada, as well as The Netherlands, Italy, Germany and England. He started playing at The Pierside Pub, in Port Stanley, in 2001. A few years ago, Bongo Boy Records’ Music Director Emidio Vaz met Trousdell performing at the Sandcastle, on Imperial Road, in Port Bruce. His single Little Girl Big City was selected for Bongo Boy Records’ Homestead Volume Three album by Various Artists. His single Gotta Hold On was selected for Bongo Boy Records’ soon-to-be released The Gospel Blues by Various Artists. The heart attack brought focus to Trousdell’s musical mind and he teamed up with Parker Booth on drums and Brendan May on guitar, keyboards and bass and toured Central Elgin and Middlesex as Franky and the Bone Shakers . “They raised me to the level I’m at now. “It’s been quite a life. I am not complaining. I write about it every day. I always had a love for music. It was always there for me, in my head, in my daily life.”

September 18, album release from bongoboyrecords.com.

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