Art Frankel is a singer-songwriter and guitar, dobro, pedal steel player who lives in Seattle. Art writes songs about ordinary people's courageous journeys through deserts, forests, cityscapes, and time as they travel real and metaphorical highways on Greyhound buses, old pickup trucks, Cadillacs, and other modes of inspiration. His songs tell stories that span the emotional spectrum from heartache to hopefulness and often evoke particular locations in America. Art plays all the instruments in these recordings: guitars, pedal steel, dobro, bass guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Art's songs can also be found on Spotify and AppleMusic. He also provides instrumental accompaniment for other singers and songwriters in their concerts and on their recordings.  

Please scroll down to hear some of Art's songs (more songs are in the music tab in the menu).   Scrolling further on this page reveals videos of Art's performances and a poem that explains it all. 

An image of a multi-fractal produced from a computer program Art wrote. It looks like a cluster of galaxies or bacteria in a Petri dish (see songs Dark Matter Souls and Orion Lullaby)

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Here is Art performing his song Greatest Story Never Told at C&P Coffee in West Seattle on April 14, 2023.  This song tells the semi-humorous, but poignant story of two people at a bus stop. All videos on this website were made by Pia Frankel.

A video of Art performing his song Restoration at C&P Coffee in West Seattle, Nov. 2023.

This video shows a performance of an original song about two lost souls in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. The song describes the aftermath of the halt to the logging of old growth forests, to protect the spotted owl. I am not taking a position on the righteousness of that decision. The song deals with the economic decline, family break-ups, drug abuse cases, and suicides that have occurred since then and was inspired by articles by Nicholas Kristof about his hometown in Oregon. The song is set around Deception Pass, a narrow passage of water at the north end of Whidbey Island in Washington state, spanned by a high bridge. It is one of my favorite locations: beautiful and haunting. Video courtesy of Pia K. Frankel.