Craig Franklin
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Craig Franklin


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"Confessions of a Frequent Flyer" Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Lava Studios, Austin, TX released May 2005


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Craig Franklin grew up in Collinsville, IL a medium size town about 20 miles east of St.Louis, MO. His biggest influence in music early on came from what his family was listening to. This ranged from Motown artists to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to the Guess Who, Rare Earth, Slade, Rolling Stones, Montrose, Foghat, UFO,etc.

Always fascinated by the guitar, Craig formed a garage band in high school (1976-'78) with some friends including, Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
"I remember playing two songs for the high school talent show, "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones and "Working Man" by Rush. It was fun. "

Fast forward to 2005. Craig puts together a group of original songs written over the last few years and creates an album. The title "Confessions of a Frequent Flyer" comes from the fact that many of the songs were written in airplanes during trips abroad.
" I had all of these songs, over 50, I wrote and recorded in my project studio and about 50 more I never wrote chords to, just sitting there".

"I chose songs that could be cohesive to form a record with some sort of feel, although each was very unique, they seemed to have a fine thread that brought it all together".

"Jimmy George, a prolific Austin musician, had introduced me to some owners of Lava Studios in Austin, TX and I got together a group of musicians and we made, what many have said, is a solid & interesting record.

It took a lot more effort, time and money than I had expected, but I am glad I was able to go through that process".

"When people ask me why I did it, I answer that it was to go through the process of making a record"

"Half the fun is getting there!

"So far, the reviews have been very positive and if it receives some recognition for songwriting by professional music organizations, or other artists wanting to record them, that would be nice."