Jess Franklin Soldiers On
While his fellow band mates have taken time away from the road during Tishamingo's extended hiatus, guitarist/keyboardist Jess Franklin has remained busy. For much of the past year, Jess has been recording songs for his first country release, an album that will feature a bevy of catchy songs such as “Write Home,” “Get Hooked,” “Finer Things,” and “The Colors of 2 AM.”
Jess also recently been on stage with Brantley Gilbert, joining the young song writer from Jefferson, GA that ranks as one of the most played unsigned artists on My Space, with nearly 9 million plays. Brantley's music can be described as Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Bon Jovi, with a healthy dose of hell raising Kid Rock attitude to boot.
Currently touring the South through April, Jess can be seen opening the shows performing his own solo material, and then joining Brantley's band, adding scorching lead guitar licks, adding a slide sound the band has never had, as well as tinkling the ivories on his keyboard.
Jess and his old Tishamingo mates are currently planning a three week European tour July 2nd through the 19th. Until then, you can catch Jess on tour with Brantley Gilbert on the following dates:
April 23 Live Oak, FL Suwannee River Jam
April 24 Statesboro, GA Retriever’s
April 25 Columbia, SC Headliner’s
May 8 Swainsboro, GA Pine Tree Festival
May 16 Gainesville, GA Brenau Center * the John Jarred Foundation
May 30 Rome, GA Rome River Jam
June 4 Enterprise, AL Bama Jam