What does a fellow who grew up in a musical family often become? A musician, of course, but John Frinzi has special memories of his musical upbringing. Born in New Jersey, he grew up on the music of the 60s and 70s. On Saturday mornings, he and his brothers perused used record stores and it’s no surprise that John was in his first band by sixth grade.
For the last several years, John has lived in Florida. He had been playing the early music of Jimmy Buffett for some time and received a call from the Meeting of the Minds convention director to come play in Key West at the big event (MOTM) over twelve years ago. He realized there was an audience for the kind of music he wanted to write and he has played at MOTM ever since.
John’s first album was cut over ten years ago and was made up entirely of his own music. He recorded his first demos in Nashville with Doyle Grisham, pedal steel musician in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band. John’s last two albums have received heavy airplay on Radio Margaritaville and he can be heard often playing at the Margaritaville Cafe in Orlando, Florida.
When I talked to John in Key West, he was re-stringing a type of guitar whose neck is removable and great for travel. It was obvious that John enjoys writing about where he’s living, plays what he wants to play and continues to entertain us with his great music.