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I was 9 years old when I began studying Classical & Jazz music while learning the trombone and tuba. I did not discover my true instrument of choice (bass guitar) until I attended a jam session with my Junior High School Jazz band. The deep rumbling vibrations of the Bass Guitar solidified my feeling that the trombone and tuba were incapable of communicating the bone buzzing tones that echoed in my head.
While playing non-stop with a handful of bands through high school, JetBoy, Astronomy, Snowhite, Dia-Nero, I honed my songwriting and musicianship skills. Opportunities within various solo endeavors opened up for me. These solo efforts involved, but were not limited to, studio work ranging from Country to Heavy Metal. (Other Keynotes: Pre-production work with Greg Lowry of Eddie Money and studio session-work with Steph Burns of Alice Cooper/Y&T.)
I have also enjoyed writing and performing with bands such as Chemical featuring Carlos Hernandez on the “Santana Brothers” CD, and Dirt Brothers featuring Aaron Jellum of Laaz Rockit and Steve Patterson formerly of The Ruffians. These bands routinely performed at Bay Area clubs such as The Omni, New Georges, The Berkeley Square, The Boardwalk, Hobies, Route 66, and Lindees to name a few.
Other Notable present/past bands/projects/sessions/subs I play bass and/or write music with:
Dirt Brothers (1993 - Present): Eddie Patrick (Vocals), Aaron Jellum (Lead Guitar), Steve Patterson (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass) Dirt Brothers finally released their long overdue debut album on July 1, 2019 called "Down in the Dirt".
Four Ten (December 2019 - January 2021): Rob Bonstin (Vocals), John Goodwin (Guitars), Steve Patterson (Bass), Frank Fabsits (Bass). Four Ten released it's first debut single "The Truth" and lyric video on June 30th 2020 and follow up single and Band video of the song "Desert "Sun" August, 2020.
Noisebar (January 2019 - January 2019) I got sit on on bass for only one show, but I had a blast! They are all cool cats to perform with and great musicians in this Rockin 80's hits cover band. For a good time call! Jim Diaz (Lead Vocals, Drums), Eric Brady (Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals), David Chrobak (Keyboards, Backup Vocals).
Midnight Railway (January 2015 - December 2018): Rebecca Coseboom (Vocals), John Goodwin (Lead Guitar), Marc Day (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass)
Other awesome Midnight Railway Band Members: Nashville Artist Tim Thurman (Vocals), Lorissa Martinez (Guitar), Nashville Star finalist Monique LeCompte.
Colisión band (April 2016 - December 2017): David Zabalza (Lead Vocals), Carlos Hernandez (Lead Guitar), Frank Fabsits (Bass) plus special guest players on drums.
Colisión band (April 2013 - December 2015): David Zabalza (Lead Vocals), Carlos Hernandez (Lead Guitar) Calixto Manriquez (Keyboards), Eric Carey (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass)
Other awesome Colisión Band Members: Arnold Sanchez (Drums) and Eddie Jimenez (Congas).
The Shawna Lynn Band (November 2013 - December 2015): Shawna Lynn (Lead Vocals), David Zabalza (Lead and Backing Vocals), Marc Day (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass).
Other awesome Shawna Lynn Band Members: John Messier /2008-2009, 2013-2014/ (Drums), Robin Ott /2008/ (Harmony), Doug Ott /2008-2009/ (Lead Guitar), Gage Courtois /2008-2009/ (Rhythm Guitars), Curtis Jin /2008/ (Drums), Scott Henderson /2009/ (Drums), Danny Jones /2014/ (Lead Guitar), Terry Lauderdale /2015/ (Lead Guitar), John Goodwin /2015/ (Lead Guitar), Lorissa Martinez /2015/ (Rhythm Guitar).
The Shawna Lynn Band (2007 - 2009 Lineup): Fronted by the ever talented Shawna Lynn (Lead Vocals), Robin Ott (Harmony), Doug Ott (Lead Guitar), Gage Courtois (Rhythm Guitars), Frank Fabsits (Bass), Curtis Jin (Drums), John Messier (Drums) and Scott Henderson (Drums). The Shawna Lynn band opened for hot new country greats such as Jason Aldean, Josh Turner and Gary Allan. We routinely headlined the local city and fair circuits.
Rob Baker: Uber talented Christian songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. Rob is a Tate Music company signed artist. I have recorded three albums with Rob in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Johnny Hi-Fi: Very close friend and uber talented drummer Marc Day (former Doc Freud Drummer) plays percussion in this band. Fronted by the multi talented musician, songwriter and vocalist Eric Hsu. I enjoy performing live with them, whenever they need a fill in bassist.
Gayle Skidmore: Seven-time San Diego Music Award nominee Gayle Skidmore has written over 2000 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8. A born songwriter, her natural ability and innate passion for music made her music career unavoidable. Gayle Skidmore was just nominated for Best Pop in the 2015 San Diego Music awards. Her latest album and coloring book, “Sleeping Bear,” won Best Pop Album in the 2014 San Diego Music Awards. She also won Best Singer-Songwriter in the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, and her song "Paper Box" was featured on HBO's new show "Looking."
Gayle is such a pleasure to work with and I had the opportunity to back her on bass duties opening for Jars of Clay and Switchfoot 2014, and Switchfoot 2015 Joshuafest in Quincy, CA.
Cradle: Sam Lage (Lead Vocals), Craig Batchelder (Guitar), Todd Heller (Guitar) and Larry Barron (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass). Cradle has performed with some of the greatest rock acts around, including Sammy Hagar, Starship, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Pat Travers, Great White, Michael Schenker / MSG, George Lynch / Lynch Mob, Edgar Winter, Ronnie Montrose, Dave Meniketti / Y&T, L.A. Guns and The Tubes. The band’s broad appeal earned them gigs with Mary Wilson and The Supremes and with The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards as part of Shelter, Inc.’s annual “Rock for Shelter” benefit concerts for the homeless people of Contra Costa County. We also wrote and recorded Cradle's second album "Do What You Say".
Doc Freud: Don Long (Vocals), Pete Boyd (Guitar) and Marc Day (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass). Doc Freud enjoyed performing high energy hard rock mayhem over the years. Of note was placing as a top ten finalist in the Emergenza show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.We recorded "Speak My Mind", Doc Freud's first album together.
Chemical(1994): Carlos Hernandez (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), Steve Patterson (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass). Played throughout Northern California double billing with Doug Doppler. Some songs performed were from songs written by Carlos Hernandez on the "Santana Brothers" album.
Astronomy (1990/1991): Cheryl Roe (Lead Vocals), Carlton Lynn Jr. (Lead/Rhythm Guitars), Curtis Jin (Drums), Frank Fabsits (Bass / Backup Vocals).
Over the years I have been blessed with the opportunity to write music/lyrics and play bass in many bands filled with gifted musicians, vocalists, performers, songwriters and good friends.
Special thanks to:
Fantastic company! Very special thanks to Daryl Anders for your support. The Marcus Miller Super Bright Stainless Steel strings are the bomb!!
Mica Wickersham Thomas of Alembic.
Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of their love and support!