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City Lights (2007)

Artist: Ron Franklin
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Format: CD
Sku: 203989091
UPC: 823862001622
UPC 14: 00823862001622
Release Date: 2/20/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Warming By The Devil's Fire ~ Ron Franklin
2. Little Suzie ~ Ron Franklin
3. What Is This Present Moment ~ Ron Franklin
4. Lula Wall ~ Ron Franklin
5. Black Lightnin' ~ Ron Franklin
6. How Free Will I Be This Morning ~ Ron Franklin
7. Thirty Days ~ Ron Franklin
8. That'll Never Happen No More ~ Ron Franklin
9. Beyond The River ~ Ron Franklin
10. Let The Rodeo Begin ~ Ron Franklin
11. Gloryland ~ Ron Franklin
12. City Lights ~ Ron Franklin

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ron Franklin (vocals, guitars, mandolin); John Whittemore (pedal steel guitar); Randal Morton (banjo); Adam "Bomb" Woodard (piano, organ, background vocals); Jim Dickinson (piano, background vocals); Jeremy Scott (bass guitar, background vocals); Greg Roberson, Ross Johnson (drums, maracas); Ashley Azlin, Boo Mitchell (background vocals).
Muze PNote At the dawn of the 21st century, Memphis, TN is still one of the last true homes of the blues, but there's an undeclared war taking place between younger musicians who take the structures and lyrical conceits of traditional blues and mess them up to create new sounds and traditionalists who respectfully follow the template set by their musical forbearers. Ron Franklin is a Memphis-based singer and songwriter who seems to have one foot in each camp; he's worked with Jack Yarber of the Oblivians and members of Tav Falco's Panther Burns, but he also has a clear appreciation of old-school country blues and its cultural roots. Franklin's album City Lights often sounds like an effort to bridge the gap between these two schools of thought, with limited success: his acoustic guitar and mandolin work are commendable throughout, his songs are well-crafted, and he's put together a great band for these sessions, anchored by legendary keyboard man Jim Dickinson. But Franklin's vocals are his downfall on City Lights: his frequently wobbly tenor sounds like the work of a guy who deliberately sings flat for effect (which becomes all the more obvious when he pulls out a number where he hits the notes just right), and there are more than a few moments on this album where it's hard to tell if Franklin is joking or playing it straight. Which is especially annoying since it's clear this guy has the talent to cut a solid modern-day blues album that avoids clich?s in favor of fresh songs and ideas, and hopefully he'll make that record one of these days. In the meantime, City Lights is an interesting but flawed introduction to an artist who seemingly is still hammering his musical vision into shape. ~ Mark Deming

Producer: Leroy Starr; Flapper

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/20/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : DOT-0216
Music Label Name Label : Memphis Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00823862001622

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Franklin,Ron
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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