Nashville Cats Salute to Paul FranklinCountry
From Detroit, Paul Franklin is a steel-guitar innovator — his combination of wizardly technique and technological savvy has influenced scores of other players. Beginning as a teenager in Detroit clubs, Franklin moved to Nashville in the ’70s, where he worked with such country music performers as Jerry Reed, Barbara Mandrell and Mel Tillis. He played on recordings by Tammy Wynette, Randy Travis and George Jones, and has continued to be a prolific session musician. Franklin introduced new variations on the steel guitar to country music: His father invented the Pedabro, a Dobro-steel hybrid, while Franklin has come up with an acoustic lap steel and a baritone steel guitar. In recent years, Franklin has played with The Players, a group comprising other Music City session aces. A member of Nashville retro-country band The Time Jumpers, he’s recorded a forthcoming duets collection with fellow Time Jumper Vince Gill.
Sat, Mar 23 | 1:30 PM
The Country Music Hall of Fame