Franklin Brothers Band

About the Franklin Brothers Band

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


The Social (New London, CT)
Saturday, March 11th   7:30 PM
$10 Door Charge

The Social (New London, CT)
Saturday, April 22nd   7:30 PM
$10 Door Charge

The Knickerbocker (Westerly, RI)
Saturday, April 29th   8 PM (doors open at 7 PM)
Tickets: $15

The Social (New London, CT)
Saturday, May 20th   7:30 PM
$10 Door Charge

Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT)
Thursday, July 13th   7:30 PM
No Cover




Lifeboat to Nowhere

Lifeboat To Nowhere

Lifeboat to Nowhere is the Franklin Brothers' second release. Taking 10 years to complete, this is a work of art by brothers Jay and Carl Franklin.

New London Blues

No Time To Live

I've Been to the Waters

Rue Marie

Spineless Blues


She Won

Her Ringtone


State Street Jam

Been a While

Been a While is Carl Franklin's solo album, which includes a track with the Franklin Brothers Band: Chain Reaction, also featuring John Scofield on guitar.

Waiting for the Summer to Come

Drive my Car

Chain Reaction

Boogie Groove

False Profit

Big Butter and Egg Man

The Titanic

Time Bomb

Out of your Way

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