From the late 90s to the early 10s, my BIG 3 sound guys were Steve Kimbrough, Michael Bracy, and Frank Sass... these guys were incredibly important to the fabric of live music in Nashville then. It was just August of 2021 that Steve left us, and now I found out today that Frank has passed.
One of the best moments was Frank vs a background vocalist👩 whose name had a traditional spelling but wanted it pronounced in an exotic way, which she announced to Frank in a very direct tone over the mic . Of course, Frank ONLY pronounced it in the traditional way at every opportunity even after he had moved past bgvs... "Mr. Keyboardist, could you give me your top board and I hope the sound is comparable to the dulcet tones of Ms .👩's voice." Classic Frank!
I played many shows with him at Exit/In, The Rutledge; and the last one was in 2019. Whether it was a 4, 9, or 13-piece configuration onstage, it ALWAYS sounded great cause he cared deeply about music and the live experience. I picked up on his deep-cut Fantastic Four reference, so we always talked comics, movies, and 'historical' pop culture. Wow, what a character... R.I.P. Frank.