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J. Fraley / Bio

I was born in 1944 in the small mining town of Ajo AZ. When I was 7 years old my brother Arthur got a guitar for Christmas, but he didn't like it and set it in the closet. I waited a few months to be sure and then asked if he minded if I played with it. He said go for it so I started playing it, and took notes and suggestions from everyone who would give me the time of day. By the age of 15, I had my own band called "The Blue Notes." We played all over town in the Moose club, the Elks club, the Hotel Cornilia, you name it we played it. It was Me, Donny Wriston, Linda Olwihler, Larry Wathogoma, Nathan Quail, Jack Garshow. At the age of 21 I toured with Tommy Duncan, and later toured with Doyle Holly. I was also on stage with Linda Ronstadt in Tucson AZ, and went on tour with Stonewall Jackson. I recorded a few songs in Nashville and had them out on 45's back in the 70’s. Also during this time I played for many years at Mr. Lucky's in Phoenix AZ. Mr. Lucky's was one of the top 5 country bar's in the US.In the late 80’s, my long time friend and partner Mike “Doc” Collins and I recorded our first cassette together entitled Amateur Outlaws. We were in a band called “Greyhorse” which included Ron Livingston, Ivan Greathouse, Ron McFarland, Phil Conez and Ron Gibson. Ron Gibson and I also were together in the Ron Gibson Band. Ron is the radio DJ for KMOG radio 1620 am in Payson AZ. Doc and I did a lot of recording in Nashville for Museum Label and was in the studio when Garth Brooks recorded his hit song “Friends in Low Places.” Over the years I have been working on my latest CD entitled “The Best of J. Fraley.” It is available for purchase and you can hear a few clips of it on this site. I appreciate your time in reading about me, and I hope you find my music enjoyable.

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Mesa, AZ