"In a time where more common rock-based
music is passing for contemporary blues;
Little Frank and the Premiers are out there
keeping the traditional roots music torch
aglow.  By making the blues & rockabilly
styles of Chess and Sun records sound
fresh and vital, they have been taking the
Midwest by storm. Since forming in the late
1990s, they have been performing on some
of the finest festivals and concert venues in
the country.  
While still in his mid teens, bandleader
'Little Frank' Krakowski, began seeking out
the traditional '50 & '60 s style blues that he
heard from Chicago’s South and West
sides, and delving deep into the big guitar
sounds from the Southwest and California.  
Frequenting such local Chicago clubs as
the Checkerboard and the 5105 Club in
search of the old-timers still performing.  
This was where it was at.  Before he knew it
he was gigging and touring with the likes of
Pinetop Perkins, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith,
Hubert Sumlin, Lazy Lester and 'Little
Arthur' Duncan to name a few.  These
experiences helped to shape his guitar style
into one that has been sought after by
some of the great traditionalists out there
Fronting the Premiers is Tom Moore, who
cut his teeth on the Southern California
blues scene in the early 1980s.  As
bandleader for the San Diego based band,
The Five Careless Lovers, he backed up
legends such as 'Big Mama' Thornton,
'Smokey' Wilson and Lowell Fulson.  Moore
provides the strong vocals and primary
songwriting responsibilities for the
Premiers.  With nearly 25 years of
experience, his dignified stage presence
can disintegrate unpredictably into leg
shakin’ madness at any time.  His
harmonica playing is strong, emotional, but
never frantic or overdone.
The glue of the Premiers has been Brian
Cook on upright and electric bass, and the
legendary Robert Carter on drums and
vocals. Cook, a long-time partner in crime,
is a much sought after bass player hailing
from the Midwest.  He has toured and
appeared with a variety of artists through
the years who have cited time and again
that his feel and drive have been the
backbone of many a gig.
Robert Carter is highly regarded in Chicago
blues and jazz circles.  He has recorded
many sessions for Delmark Records, with
artists such as Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush
and others.  Carter, a Chicago native, was
a founding member of the immensely
popular Mighty Blue Kings, with whom he
recorded 2 CDs.  His powerful vocals and
clever original tunes are a highlight of the
Premiers’ shows.
Little Frank and the Premiers play American
roots music with no jive gimmicks………..
With a wide variety of Blues, Swing,
Rockabilly, ‘60s Soul and New Orleans
R&B, they may be a throw back to some,
but to many they preserve forms of
American music that never needed to be
changed in the first place."
- Hi-Fi Slim, Musicologist, USA, 12/2005