Update on Dates...
All shows have been cancelled due to Covid 19. I was supremely excited to be playing 4/17 @ The Crimson Moon, as it was the first day of our cities "Bear on the Square" Festival. Spring was filled with some cool gigs, and the first two BFranckProductions (house concert/food/charity events) were cancelled, and rescheduled for who knows when. Such an odd, beautiful, blessed time, but, it is a challenge some days to keep that perspective. And in the middle of me lamenting what I was losing, the world lost John Prine. Suddenly the loss of a few gigs, and a you have nothing to do schedule, didn't mean so much.
I used to sing his songs, love his lyrics, and ponder the songwriting technique of this man that seemed more like an uncle than someone I would never meet. His songs made me feel I knew him. His mind crafted common sense, and satirical banter into music that makes up the fabric of life. He told stories I wanted to hear. He told off people who deserved it. He called on the human in each of us to cut the bullshit, and call a spade a spade. I've used his songs to teach songwriting workshops, learning new things about each song with every listen. I think I've sung "Angel from Montgomery" more than "Happy Birthday". I remember learning to play "Samstone" and thinking of John Prine serving in the military saving lives through his words. My son was born to "Spanish Pipedream". "Hello in There" plays in my head daily, and remains in my humble opinion the most introspective empathetic song ever written.
I finally saw him at the Ryman a few years ago when he was touring to promote his last album. "Lake Marie" from the album, Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings, became my new obsession.
He was truth, or a song crafting story telling solider of it. Thank you for the music Mr. Prine.
dates and things...
Performing w/ Randall Bramblett
(10th Anniversary New West Celebration of "In the Meantime" Album
Performing w/ Randall Bramblett
(10th Anniversary New West Celebration of "In the Meantime" Album)
Country Music Songwriters in the Round + a special tribute to Johnny Cash
Fester Haygood, Todd Cowart, Betsy Franck and members from the Holman Autry Band
Singing with Randall Bramblett and his big band!
Playing happy hour times opening for "The Valley Below"
Betsy Franck ( EP Release Show) w/ Admiral Radio
Excited to play my old home place Hendershot's in Athens GA. in celebration of EP Release. Admiral Radio, an amazingly talented duo out of South Carolina will be on the bill as well. You can find their music @ www.admiralradiomusic.com
Hill House Concert
Old Skool Trio w/ All the Singer Ladies
Old Skool Trio w/ all the Singer ladies Me and Ms Ansley Stewart Going to be a big time heading over after The Cottage Event :)
Unplugged for The North Georgia Cottage
The Cottage is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness & facilitating the healing of individuals & families affected by sexual violence and child abuse. Bands also performing for this beautiful fundraiser are, Athen Tiny Jazz Arkestra, diet dangfly!, and Caroline Aiken.
Releasing new music, new merch. Quiet listening room that serves food and drink. Will be joined by the imitable Leroy Powell on guitar or pedal steel or whatever stringed instrument he feels like playing.