While Georgia is a hotbed for music, to experience the best it has to offer you won’t find it looking through billboard charts or listening to the popular radio stations. Some of the best tunes to be offered up for your listening pleasure are little known acts found through word of mouth, local indie radio stations, at small live venues and through precise searches on the internet. Sometimes it can be a lot of work finding this great music, but when you do, nothing beats it, and the tunes of Atlanta singer/songwriter Dave Franklin are worth finding.
Franklin writes and performs some of the best tunes coming out of Atlanta that most people have no clue about. For years he has been hidden away, his tunes known by a small group of friends and fans and people in the know, the legacy of his music being taught from one fan passing it on to a new disciple. He writes songs from the heart, songs about life, songs about love, songs about the human condition. All 3 of his albums are full of these songs and his new record, Lost In The Middle Of The Long Way Home, may be his best yet and is well worth the 10 year wait since his last group of tunes was released.
Dave has enlisted some of the finest musicians to help out with this new record. Tim Nielsen and Dave V. Johnson of Drivin N Cryin step in as Franklin’s backing band and Nielsen does double duty as the record’s co-producer. Nelson Nolen, Abby Owens, Kevin Morrison, Leah Calvert, Matt Stoessel, Rob Gal, Kevn Kinney and Vic Stanley all sat in with the band contributing everything from backing vocals to mandolin to harmonicas. With an incredible cast of characters backing him up, Franklin’s lyrics shine. This record is just 10 songs but contains more quality music then most double albums. While the tunes “Suddenly She’s All I Can See” and “Nick Of Time” are upbeat, toe tapping tunes that intermingle perfectly with the mellower “Miles Away” and “Born Thirsty” the album’s 1st track “Warm Blanket” stands out as the best on the album. Dave has written a close to perfect song, with catchy lyrics, the right amount of pedal steel and Abby Owens’ soulful backing vocals. Each song on this record is original and offers the listener a small glimpse into Dave Franklin’s head. For your auditory pleasure I recommend listening to this album from track one to track ten. Individually the songs are great, but listened to as a group they are so much more powerful.
If you like good music then you will like this record. In a world of bad music that is force fed down people’s throats, it is refreshing to still have artists like Dave Franklin. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take 10 years for him to put out another record.