Hall of Fame salutes steel guitarist Paul Franklin

Jack Mollette, Paul Franklin and Larry Branton, 1960s

Young Paul Franklin jams with Jack Mollette and his Country Gentlemen, mid-1960s. Behind Franklin, from left: Jack Mollette, and Larry Branton. Note Detroit steel guitarist Jess Collins left his chair for Franklin at this performance. Source: Keith Cady, courtesy Branton family

This Saturday, March 23, the Country Music Hall of Fame (CMHOF) in Nashville, Tennessee, spotlights Paul Franklin in its ongoing series called Nashville Cats. Franklin grew up in the Detroit area, learning the steel guitar from local musicians such as the late Billy Clark (Casey’s son), as well as sitting in with numerous C&W acts on stage and in recording sessions.

Since moving to Nashville in 1972, he’s played with the likes of Barbara Mandrell, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kelly Willis, and many others. Of late, he’s associated with Nashville super group the Time Jumpers. The CMHOF will stream the event “live” online from its website. Congratulations, Paul!




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