Confessions of a Frequent Flyer
Craig is an Austin, TX based songwriter. Craig Franklin grew up in Collinsville, IL, 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 soul and R&B, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Guess Who, Rare Earth, Slade, Rolling Stones, Montrose, Foghat, RUSH, UFO,etc. Fast forward to 2005. Craig puts together a group of original songs written over the last few years and creates an album, 'Confessions of a Frequent Flyer'. The title comes from the fact that many of the songs were written in airplanes during many trips abroad and that he had these hidden songs, or 'confessions', which had to be released. ' There were over 50 songs, I wrote and recorded in my project studio and about 50 more I never wrote music to, just sitting there. I took about 15 of them and went into the studio'. CHOOSING THE SONGS FOR THE RECORD: '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, introduced me to 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 and interesting record. For the 'Confessions' CD there were many additional players and instruments: KEITH HAAS- Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Harmonica, BG Vocals, bass guitar JIMMY GEORGE - Rhythm & Lead Guitars, 'mouth trumpet/trombone', BG Vocals and vocal arrangements JEF FLEMING - Electric Fretless Bass SCOTT REHLING - Hammond C3 and Wurlitzer Keyboards, BG Vocals KRISTINA KOPRIVA - Violin KEVIN PEARSON - Drums JING FRANKLIN - Background Vocals JOHNNY BIG - Bass guitar on Oyster World, BG Vocals BRYAN ANDERTON- Rhythm & Lead Guitars on 'In the Middle of the Night' MO PAIR - Recorder Flutes JOHN MCJUNKIN - Baritone BG Vocals.