Piano Fighter by Michael Franklin

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Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. –Roger Miller, 1972   Similar To Rain I stumbled to the car and slid behind the wheel. My entire face was numb, my mouth was full of bloody gauze, my shirt collar was covered in blood splatter, and my tongue was sore. I would have looked…

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John Mellencamp: Live At The Ryman Nashville

Walk tall through this world –John Mellencamp, “Walk Tall”, 2004 I was born in a small town. Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town. Believe it or not, I lived in an eight-room farmhouse, baby. (And no, I am not embellishing the facts.) When I speak, I have a southern drawl. I’ve walked…

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A Conversation With Robert Ellis

 A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT ELLIS I am late to the party. Robert Ellis released his 3rd CD, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, in February 2014 and much to my eternal shame and chagrin, I first heard it only a week ago.  That’s right, 7 days ago.  I don’t know if cultural exasperation, generational pull…

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Michael Franklin’s List of Best of 2014

 THE YEAR IN JACKHEAD BOOMBOOM MUSIC, YEAR OF OUR LORD 2014 Hot And Heavy Edition  “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969.” –The Eagles, “Hotel California” (1976)      As we get older, our musical tastes are supposed to become kinder and gentler—less Gasoline Alley and more It Had To Be You…The Great American…

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War Is Over

Let’s get off this and get on with it, 
 If you wanna change the world,
 Shut your mouth and start to spin it, Get off this, get on with it,
 If you wanna change the world,
 Shut your mouth and start this minute. –Cracker, “Get Off This”, 1993 I am the enemy in the…

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Album Review: Jeff Hopson

JEFF HOPSON Heretic        Modern country music (the disgraceful obscenity curated by Satan and currently favored by terrestrial radio) is—how shall I put this delicately—shit.  It’s shit.  However, it has one redeeming feature:  things grow from shit.  Gotta get to air somehow.  Juice Newton’s Third Law Of Motion states:  For every action, there…

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Michael Franklin and Terry Jennings on Waylon

A CONVERSATION WITH TERRY JENNINGS   The 1970s and early ‘80s were half-drunk and hollow-eyed.  There were wars, rumors of wars, fuel shortages, disco infernos, and acres of corduroy.  Everybody looked like Harry Reams (men from the neck up, women from the waist down) and didn’t exactly interpret Sodom and Gomorrah as a cautionary tale. …

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Feature: Franklin On the Boss

  SPRINGSTEEN  (Ed. note:  Final installment in our three-piece look back at Bruce Springsteen’s music on the 30th anniversary of the release of Born In The USA.)   I.              According to Merriam-Webster, synesthesia is: 1:   a concomitant sensation; especially:   a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than…

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INTERVIEW: Michael Franklin Sizes Up Bob Woodruff

A CONVERSATION WITH BOB WOODRUFF In 1994, Bob Woodruff released the criminally neglected Dreams & Saturday Nights, a defining musical statement that—no hyperbole—rivaled Johnny Cash’s American Recordings as Record Of The Year. I’m gonna let that sink in. The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge and Eric Clapton’s From The Cradle were also released in 1994, but…

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