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  1. S.L. McCrea permalink
    November 8, 2017 6:00 pm

    Hey Larry, it’s S.L. & Noreen McCrea from Denver-(Littleton, Colorado) googled your name yesterday and seen you playing with Vince. The wife and I got to know you when you where with Ray, damn miss those days! The last time we saw you was in Vegas, you and Asleep were playing at a casino during PRCA finals. We hooked up I believe on a Friday night, you invited us to come back Saturday and go back stage. But upon arrival we couldn’t get together because Dolly Pardin was back stage. But we still had a great time, and went out gambling till we hours after your show. Glad to see you are doing great!! We are coming to Nashville next year, and maybe we can hook up for a minute. That would be great!!

  2. Clendon Gilbert permalink
    September 27, 2017 1:39 pm

    I remember as a kid u came to Tishomingo and played at a little club out north of town. I was about 17 or 18 and Mikey Dunn told me to make sure and come hear u guys. So, me and a couple friend that played music came out. We were amazed at your playing both fiddle and guitar. I don’t remember how many times you played there. But, I do know we all came out to hear u!!

    Clendon G.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 30, 2017 9:57 am

    The Grand Master Fiddler Championship is pleased to announced this year’s recipient of the Dr. Perry F. Harris Distinguished Fiddler Award is Larry Franklin. The award is given annually at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship and is to recognize an individual who exemplifies the highest qualities of enthusiasm and support for the fiddle and fiddle music, and in appreciation of their life-long passion supporting and preserving fiddle music.
    A former Top Ten and Runner-Up winner in the GMFC, Larry is one of the most in-demand session musicians in Nashville, a member of the award winning “Time Jumpers” and one of the true Masters of Texas Style Fiddling. Larry will receive his award at the GMFC on Sunday SEP 3 at approx. 4pm at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

  4. Ed Knox permalink
    July 17, 2017 7:31 am

    Hey Larry! Just happened upon the Three Fiddles ‘documentary’ and it sure sounds great!

  5. Greg Speesl permalink
    July 8, 2017 4:10 pm

    It should be mentioned that in February 2017, Larry was inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame in Tulsa. A very special addition to the induction was the fact that Larry’s band mates in The Time Jumpers, Kenny Sears & Joe Spivey, went into the Hall of Fame with him. Congratulations, Larry, on such a prestigious honor!

  6. January 25, 2016 2:32 pm

    Coming from a family of fiddlers and fiddle makers in Turkey Texas, I have heard a lot of fiddlers and Larry Franklin is standing Tall along with the best fiddlers. I sure like to hear him play; Every note is smooth and rich with sound. I heard him play with Asleep at the Wheel on the Tribute CD for “The Great Bob Wills” and rest assured he would be proud of Larry too. I come from a musical family on both sides my Father from Turkey Tx. and Mother from Amarillo, Tx. where my Grandfather sang on the radio his stage name was The Texas Kid ! He also ran a music store there in Amarillo. That was a long time ago before TV. I took my grandfathers stage name and used it for a Web E- mail address, so now I’m The Texas Kid !

  7. June 5, 2015 7:07 pm

    Hey Larry – You truly do know how to make the fiddle sing. Thanks for a great listening experience and best of luck to you.

    Stacy Alexander

  8. January 5, 2015 6:30 pm

    I heard you the first time on Letterman ( i believe that was you backing Shania) man i cant remember ive never heard heard fiddle like that… epic moment.. dont be stupid.. greetings from sweden… Regards Bo

  9. Greg Spees permalink
    November 11, 2014 11:39 am

    Larry: Your site is very informative. Robbie and I come from Paducah a couple of times each month to hear you and The Time Jumpers. No two performances are ever the same. You have been absolutely smokin’ the fiddle on your solos! You seem to somehow get better and better every year. Also, you and Kenny & Joe are so tight with the ensemble parts. Keep up the great work!

    Greg Spees

  10. November 19, 2013 12:16 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed Larry’s fiddle playing on his numerous recordings and was fortunate to have him play on one of my demos! Thanks for the music!
    -Bob Duffy
    Poway, CA

  11. paolo permalink
    July 5, 2013 12:09 pm

    Hi! I’m a long date fan of Cooder Browne, I bought their LP back in 1978 together with SIX PAK vol. 1 when these occasionally surfaced in Italy…
    I also have all the Asleep At The Wheel records.
    Recently I bought the 45’s Fiddle Away My Blues and the LP of the Larry Franklin Band, now I’m going to purchase the 3 Larry CD’s from CDBaby.

    Also, even if there are several tracks on youtube of Larry himself, I found only one live of Cooder Browne, Lonesome Rider recorded live on June 19th 1978 at Willie’s Opry House, Austin; and it’s audio only, not video.

    What I’m asking is, there is any other recording of Larry, and even of the other 3 members?
    I mean 45’s, compilations with exclusive tracks, new CD’s not for sale on the web site…
    I can’t find anything, apart from some promo 45’s with songs from the official LP.

    Many thanks and cheers from Italy!


  12. Tim Mourning permalink
    June 28, 2013 6:10 pm

    My wife and I have been able visit the ststion inn and third & Linsey several times over the past three years. It’s a four and a half hr. trip each way. We really enjoy your playing and the time jumpers. Thank you Joe and Kenny. You guys are unbelieveable.

  13. Kristi jemeyson. permalink
    April 29, 2013 2:06 am

    I also grew up in Whitewright and Sherman and was lucky enough to hear you play at Calhouns in the early 80’s. you did a melody of Over the Rainbow that is still the most amazing thing I have ever heard. Is it on a CD anywhere?
    Kristi Williams Jemeyson.

  14. Dorothy Hinman permalink
    April 16, 2013 10:42 am

    So glad I came across your website today. As a teenager, I called Louis Franklin my “granddad” because we both had red hair (of course, mine had help from Clairol). He was always so nice to me. My mom and my stepdad, Claude Henson, took me to all the fiddle contests and we had jam sessions everywhere. Those were some of the best days! Thanks for continuing the tradition of great music. It’s really great to see those that were “just kids” all grown up and doing so well.

  15. Cheryl Halston permalink
    January 5, 2013 5:33 pm

    Hello Larry;

    Your site is fabulous and so is your fiddle playing. I’m so glad to have stumbled onto your site, you were always destined for greatness and it’s beautiful to see that you got there. I had no doubt.

    I have something that I would like to return to you. You gave it to me in1976 at the Burnette Fiddling contest where you were awarded the “Fiddler That Traveled The Farthest”. It’s a plaque, but it really belongs to you and your family because it is part of what documents your journey as an artist and fiddle player. I have keep it along with photos and newspaper clippings from your time with the Cooder Browne band, pics from Kerrville, Texas, Brushy Creek Bar, lots of newspaper articles, article/pics rom the Country Rambler when you played at the BiCentenial Outlaw Picnict,and just lots of pics and memorabilia from that time, etc..

    I don’t know why I have kept these all these years, but somehow it didn’t feel right to throw them away- ha! When I am no longer on this planet, no one will even know what these things are. ha! If you would like these items, send me an e-mail with an address and I will make sure that they get to you.

    P.S. I am no longer wild and crazy or live in a school bus- ha! I did continue my art and have enjoyed a career being a serious local artist now in Northern California and have a daughter that is 34 years old now. Time goes by so fast! ha!

    Cheryl Halston (Sherry)
    Rocklin, CA


  16. Teresa Ingram permalink
    December 20, 2012 10:33 am

    Wow Larry, with a haircut and a shave I hardly recognize you, but you look great. I always knew you’d make it big some day and I’m so happy for you. You deserve all the awards and more. You are by far still the greatest fiddle player in the world. I enjoyed our Cooder Browne days. I’m happy to see you continuing to play. I’d love to hear you again some day.

    Teresa Ingram
    Sherman, TX

  17. July 24, 2012 12:50 pm

    Can you still remember, long, long ago, in a land far far away, a band called Warehouse 144???? Many roads and years between then and now. Drop me a line sometime.

  18. Marc Bentley permalink
    July 18, 2012 11:49 am

    Hello Larry,

    Good to see how well you’ve done. I was your roommate for a short while at Kelley Barracks back in 74-75? You were the company clerk at the time and you moonlighted at the EM club playin fiddle. I kinda of figured you’d go far even way back then. I ran into you briefly in San Angelo Tx when you were playing for Cooder Brown..I was surprised to hear you played with Asleep at the Wheel..Anyway glad to see you are still above aground. P.S. I found out you started doing session work in Nashville from your cousin (Walgren) down in San Antonio..I leased laboratory space from him several years ago.


    Marc Bentley

  19. Tim Nichols permalink
    May 11, 2012 3:06 am

    Mr. Franklin,
    I’ll never forget the first time I heard you play. I was a little kid in a truck going fishing wth your brother and Rick Slaughter.. And I understand that you were good friends with my uncle. Ken Golden. If you remember and you in fact read this. I love your work and some of your old friends say Hello.

  20. Anonymous permalink
    April 25, 2012 2:40 pm

    Hi, Larry. Richard Harrison, from the East Texas State Univ. fiddle contest back in the 1970s. Sure do miss Louise and Louise–they were great folks. Hope that your doing well. I just went through all the pictures from the Whitewright fiddle contest. I hope it’s back on track this year and I can go listen.

  21. Jill Christy Fowler permalink
    September 1, 2011 9:53 pm

    I really enjoyed this site (especially the pictures). It brought back a lot of old memories of seeing Major, Lous, Orville, Vernon and Norman at fiddle contests when I was a kid. My fiddle teacher was A.L. “Ace” Sewell from Blanchard, OK. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the world of fine fiddling.

  22. Tommy Butler Jr permalink
    August 5, 2011 4:59 pm

    Hello old friend~ Just wanted to drop you a few quick lines and wish you a very happy birthday! Finally got a lead on the “lost” recordings of you and Skip playing back at Soldier’s in the early 80’s. I’ll send you a copy just as soon as I get it finished and cleaned up. Have a great Birthday!

    Tommy~ (Washita’s soundman, back in the day)

  23. Russ Berrong permalink
    June 22, 2011 1:10 pm

    Larry – Has been a long time since the 82nd Army Band, TYME and the Western Cavaliers in Stuttgart. Though my time there was cut a little short, I enjoyed playing keyboards with you and Larry Seyer and the rest of the gang. Great to see the success both of you have gone on to accomplish.

  24. Anonymous permalink
    June 12, 2011 2:58 am

    Nice looking site my friend. Any chance of you throwing up some MP3 tunes from the Cooter Brown and Larry Franklin Band days? Over the Rainbow if noting else, please. :>)

  25. Diana Byng permalink
    April 26, 2011 9:48 am

    Hi Larry – my husband and I were at the Station Inn last night. We were both extremely impressed with your incredible playing. Thank you so much for agreeing to having your photo taken with me. We will be able to show it to our friends on our return to England. You are a real gentleman in addition to being a fine musician.

  26. April 23, 2011 8:49 pm

    Enjoyed your music for years. Saw you at Hallettsville las t Saturday and picked up a copy of your latest CD with Ray Royce and Steve. Enjoying it very much and was wondering if sheet music was available for West Virginia Hornpipe. Keep the hot licks going!

  27. Gary Jackson permalink
    April 21, 2011 10:05 pm

    Hey Mr. Larry,
    I was browsing the net and stumbled on your site. Remembering how I enjoyed playing with you. The great music we produced is still a lasting memory! I always knew you would be a success in whatever you set your mind to. Glad to see that has come to pass. When I came back to Houston “Hanging On To A lie” was a staple in my bands performance and what a reception it got! A lot of time has passed but your talent has not. Keep it up!
    Gary Jackson

  28. joe sites permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:41 am

    Larry, had a great time meeting you and judging with you in Hallettsville last weekend. Hope our paths cross again one day and we can play a few tunes.
    Joe Sites

  29. Chuck Lohmann permalink
    March 5, 2011 7:05 pm

    i recorded a CD in Nashville back in 1997 and you did the fiddle parts on it. i enjoyed recording and you made the record sound so good with the way you played. thanks for your work i will cherish it always.

  30. Larry Jinnette permalink
    March 3, 2011 9:15 pm

    Drove 600 miles to see you at the Station Inn Monday night. You guys were fabulous!! If I lived closer, I’d be there every week. “Tightest” music I’ve ever heard.

  31. bob hash permalink
    February 7, 2011 5:45 pm

    hey larry… website….just thinking about the good ol music days in grayson county.I `m glad that you made a name for yourself.I think I played a gig with you at the tiki club on texoma parkway back about 1970.You played guitar not fiddle and I think jim hotz played also.It was a one time thing and I didn`t get to know you until we met again at grayson county college.I`ll never forget the Larry franklin band or Cooder brown.You guy`s were badder`n charlie daniels.Anyway…good luck and keep rocking

  32. Mike Silverwise permalink
    February 5, 2011 7:56 pm

    Hi Larry,

    Nice new web-site since I last looked. My son Stephen (Deek) started studying the fiddle a few months ago here in New York at the 3rd Street Music Settlement and played (for the first time) in the school’s string-fest today. He’s 7 years old so his wearing a red cape seemed appropriate. Mark O’Connor has a big influence on the teaching style of the school and he was present to perform some of his work. After the performance I mentioned to him that I knew you and his eyes lit up and responded with a huge compliment aimed at you.

    I always cherish those Cooder Browne days and I look forward to when our paths cross again. And I’d love for you to share some pointers with Deek someday.

    Keep on making people happy!
    All the best,


  33. Chris Bartley permalink
    February 1, 2011 8:56 pm

    Just a note to let you know that you played golf with me and my wife several years
    ago, at the Grayson County Golf Course. It did not dawn on us who you were until
    years later, you were wearing a Asleep At The Wheel T-shirt we finally figured it
    out. Oh yea you had a great golf game. Me and my wife have kept up with you over
    the years, we enjoy fiddle music and especially enjoy your style of play. You have
    inspired me to learn to play the fiddle, I have been taking lessons for about 1 year
    now. We will be looking forward to attending The Fiddle Fest in Whitewright, see you there.

    Keep playing great fiddle music
    Chris & Doris Bartley Sherman, TX

  34. Mike Lowe permalink
    December 12, 2010 1:16 am

    Man, you sound great!!! I am a beginning fiddler, after having played guitar for 31 years. I have been taking fiddle lessons for about 10 months, and the sound of your songs really inspires me to keep going!!! Keep up the good work, and God bless you and yours!! You’ve just earned a fan!

  35. michael grammar (scooter; Wheel drummer 1984-85) permalink
    December 7, 2010 1:21 pm

    Great to see you my man! excellent site.
    caught up with some old friends and musicians on Face Book and made me think of you. Hope the worlds treating you well!
    catch up with me on FB sometime!

  36. Anna Holcomb permalink
    November 22, 2010 12:01 am

    What a great tribute to your sweet, beautiful lab, Sally!
    Outstanding website! You have brought so much
    wonderful music to our lives! Thank you, Larry!

  37. November 13, 2010 1:49 pm

    Hi Larry,
    Been hearing when you come to town. Hope everything is going good for you.
    I plan to go to the fiddling at WW next time. I don’t go to clubs to much anymore.
    I do plan to go out to Mikes place on Wed. night to the jam session. Brown came by Thursday and got on to me for not going. Said I need to get out more. I am three months older than him and he don’t let me forget it. He just had a bd in Oct.
    Come by to see me sometimes when you come to town. Would love to see you.
    Nita Geesling

  38. Bobby McCullough permalink
    November 10, 2010 9:12 pm

    Hi Larry hope everything is going great just checking out your site it looks great looking at all the picts. was great thanks for the wonderful memories it been fun keep up the good work buddy!

  39. October 7, 2010 5:34 am

    Site looks and sounds great!

  40. Sondra & Jeff permalink
    September 14, 2010 12:35 am

    Hey Larry, enjoyed your site! The picture of you with the Time Jumpers brought back great memories! We’ll see you out here soon!

  41. Larry Thompson permalink
    September 1, 2010 10:41 pm

    Hey Larry:

    I remember you from a different time, and a different life in Sherman, Texas. At the time we played the same circuit, the Larry Franklin Band and the Last Stand Band. Calhoun’s is the only club name I can remember. Your band did the Allman Brothers better than the Allman Brothers. Anyway, I followed you with Asleep at the Wheel, and am happy for you that you have done so well for yourself. Keep up the good work.


  42. Jason Hammond permalink
    August 28, 2010 4:34 pm

    Its Jason Hammond from The Devil’s Box documentary – Nice site – hope all is going well. We are really excited about the doc – and very thankful that you allowed us to be there for the creation of your album- it really meant a lot to Beth and I.

    Take care and we hope to see you soon.

    Jason H.

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