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Paul Franklin

Show Count: 8
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: May 31, 1954, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Paul V. Franklin (born May 31, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American multi-instrumentalist, known mainly for his work as a steel guitarist. He began his career in the 1970s as a member of Barbara Mandrell's road band; in addition he toured with Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed. He has since become a prolific session musician in Nashville, Tennessee, playing on more than 500 albums. He has been named by the Academy of Country Music as Best Steel Guitarist on several occasions. In addition to the pedal steel guitar and lap steel guitar, Franklin plays Dobro, fiddle, anddrums, as well as three custom-built instruments called the Pedabro, The Box, and the baritone steel guitar.

Musical innovations

He is noted for bringing multiple musical innovations to the country music scene. One of these, the Pedabro, is a type of Dobro fitted with a pedal and played like a pedal steel guitar. This was invented by Franklin's father. The first of many hit records featuring the Pedabro was Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis.

Franklin has also created two new variations of steel guitars, the first of which is a type of lap steel guitar nicknamed "The Box", whose sound has been described as a "swampy acoustic guitar". The other type of guitar that he invented is the baritone steel guitar, the strings of which are tuned an octave lower than a traditional pedal steel guitar.


Franklin has worked with many well known acts during his career, including Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits, Barbara Mandrell, Rodney Crowell, Notting Hillbillies, Sting, Peter Frampton, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Barbra Streisand, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Megadeth.

Franklin is a member of The Time Jumpers, a country and bluegrass band. In July 2013, he and Vince Gill will release a collaborative album called Bakersfield.

Source: Wikipedia

Red RyderRed Ryder
Show Count: 39
Broadcast History: 1942 to 1951
Sponsor: Langendorf Bread
Cast: Brooke Temple, Carlton KaDell, Reed Hadley, Tommy Cook, Henry Blair, Reed Hanley
Director: Paul Franklin
Producer: Paul Franklin
Broadcast: July 24, 1953
Added: May 20 2014
Broadcast: July 31, 1953
Added: May 25 2014
Broadcast: July 10, 1953
Added: Apr 27 2014
Broadcast: June 26, 1953
Added: Apr 20 2019
Broadcast: July 17, 1953
Added: May 04 2014
Broadcast: August 7, 1953
Added: Jun 01 2014