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Local musician, and dentist, Paco Fralick has received national recognition for his original songs.
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Local musician, and dentist, Paco Fralick has received national recognition for his original songs.
9/25/2018 7:30:00 AM
Local musician wins three awards, up for more

Kayla Thomason
Feature Writer


Paco Fralick, a familiar performer on the Northwoods music scene and a longtime local dentist, was honored last week with three awards at the Indian Summer Music Awards at Milwaukee's Indian Summerfest and there may be additional accolades coming his way.

Fralick, who has been playing music since the age of 5, is also nominated for five Native American Music Awards to be presented in October.

An Ojibwe singer songwriter from Lac du Flambeau, Fralick's music is a blend of folk, country, pop and Native Americana. He often writes about preserving the environment for future generations to come and other topics dear to him.

At Indian Summerfest, Fralick won Best Folk Song for "Women & Water" which he co-wrote with Cherokee musician Michael Bucher.

Fralick also won for Best Country Song with "I'm Moving On," and Best Spiritual Song with "In Seven Generations."

He was also the recipient of the James McCandless Scholarship for Switchback Songwriter's Retreat and was nominated for Best Blues and Rock Song - Native Trailblazers Award for "Under the Moonlight."

"Each opportunity seems to open a door for another opportunity," he said, reflecting on the awards and the scholarship.

He is nominated in five categories in the Native American Music Awards, which will take place in Niagara, New York in October. His nominations are in the Folk, Americana, Male Artist, Album of the Year, and Narrative Video of the Year categories.

"It's been quite a fun journey so far," he said. "It's really exciting to be nominated. There were over 200 artists entered and they narrowed it down to the top 10 songs for Song of the Year, so I'm just honored to be in that caliber."

Artists from across the nation perform and compete at The Native American Music Awards.

"I've never been to Niagara Falls so that's going to be a great experience as well, but just to meet some of these people I've been listening to for a long time and actually be there and possibly performing with them but at least being part of the awards show (will be a thrill)," Fralick said.



The beginning

Fralick was 5 years old when he got into music. He took piano for eight years and classical violin for five. As a teenager, he played in a band with his father. He can play the native flute and fiddle but is primarily a guitarist and vocalist.

"My dad was my greatest musical inspiration," he said. "He was playing out four to five nights a week when I was a child, so I grew up in the house surrounded and listening to music all the time."

Fralick started putting his own thoughts down and writing songs in college. The first was "Daddy When Are You Coming Home?" which is about his grandfather. Music has remained part of his life as he built his dental practice, Timber Drive Dental, and raised a family.

"Along the way I started writing some songs and put that basically on hold - any serious efforts with music - because of my dental career and my family of three kids and my wife," he said. "After my kids moved out then I decided I wanted to try to put some serious efforts back into it."

While he has always wanted to perform locally, Fralick said he never expected to win awards or be nominated for his music.

He has released on CD "Letting Go," which has 14 songs on it. To vote for a winner of the NAMA, visit www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com then click "vote now." Voting ends at noon Oct. 12.

For more information about Fralick and his music, visit www.pacofralick.com. To hear or purchase his songs, visit his website or Itunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and other music streaming sites.

Kayla Thomason may be reached at kayla@ rivernewsonline.com.





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