Though Cincinnati is hardly a hotbed of country music, Frazier River
proved that the city could support a residency; beginning in 1991, frontman Danny Frazier
and his assembled cast of well-known area musicians regularly drew 3,000 people per week for their daily performances at the River Saloon, a large hall located on a riverboat. Frazier
was raised in Kerrville, TX, the son of a Pentecostal preacher. He listened to gospel as well as honky tonk legend Merle Haggard
while growing up, and moved to Ohio when his father was called to a different church. After working for a Cincinnati record store, Danny Frazier
began playing around the city and recruited several friends to form Frazier River
. After the band spent three years packing people into the River Saloon, Nashville began to take notice; Frazier River
signed to Decca and released a self-titled album in 1995.