Picker among those coming here from afar

By: Derek Lopez

The annual Camp Bluegrass got under way this past week at South Plains College, drawing people from across the country and the world.

Among those in attendance was Richard Frank, who traveled all the way from Saudi Arabia.

Frank is originally from New Orleans, La.;  he moved to Texas in 1994 and operated his own accounting firm in Houston for 20 years.

ìIím a CPA by profession,î he said.

Frank currently lives in Saudi Arabia on a compound with 2,500 other Americans. This is his second stint living in Saudi Arabia, and heís been there this time since 2012.

He also lived there from 1989-1994.

‘I was there for the first Gulf War,’ Frank said. ‘I stayed during the war, so I heard all the bombs dropping.’

This is the 57-year-oldís first time to attend Camp Bluegrass.

‘I was looking for another instrument to play,’ he said. ‘I play the guitar, wanted to learn to play something different, so I searched up and down the Internet and decided on the mandolin.’

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