Hailing from New London, CT, the Franklin Brothers Band consists of brothers Jay Franklin
(keyboards and vocals) and Carl Franklin (guitars and vocals) alongside a killer
line-up of impeccable local musicians. The current configuration includes Dave Cafro on
trumpet, Rob Funk on trombone, Cedric Mayfield and Gary Boigon on saxes, Tom DeFaria on drums,
Chris Johnz on bass, local legend Che Cartafalsa on percussion, and Nichelle Rollins
on lead and backup vocals.
"We didn't start out as a Steely Dan tribute band, but everyone realized we were really good
at it, and once we started playing tribute shows, our audience really expanded. Now we mix it
up with Steely Dan, hits from the 70s, contemperary tunes, and originals." - Carl Franklin
The music is all about the groove. Just listen.
In the press:
"Sophisticated, polished, intelligent pop music. If you were separating the genetic
twine of their music, you'd find cellular imprints of Steely Dan, Toy Matinee,
Atlanta Rhythm Section and Toto along with a sneaky, evocative dash of New Orleans seasoning." - Rick Koster, Peter Huoppi. The New London Day
"The Franklin Brothers blend big production pop; ala Billy Joel's piano soaked soul,
with the rootsy rock n' roll sounds of bands like The Eagles. The songs are clean,
crisp and clear and completely inoffensive to the ears. This is an exercise in song
craft and musicianship not of pushing sonic boundaries." - Adam Wujtewicz. Wailing City
"Had I heard this disc [Been a While] in 2013 (the year it was released) it might very well have made
my 'best of the year' list. It’s that good." - - G. W. Hill, Music Street Live.
"I don't do as many sideman dates anymore. But Carl's funk/jazz/pop stuff is interesting to me. He's really good, and the guys in his band are really good." - John Scofield, quoted in New London Day