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Foot stompin', hip shakin', hard shufflin', groove driven blues, roots, and Americana music. Fonky Donkey music is ORIGINAL music combining traditional Delta, Hill Country, and Chicago Blues with the influences of Bob Dylan and beyond, all while emphasizing original Swamp Donkey and Gil Franklin songs.

Fonky Donkey is 3 members of the Arkansas Blues Hall or Fame: BEN "SWAMP DONKEY" BRENNER (National Resonator Guitar, slide & lead guitar, harp, vox), GIL FRANKLIN (lead & slide guitar, vox), and LANCE "BUG TUSSLE SLIM" WOMACK (drums, cajon, percussion, vox), plus LYNN FITZGERALD (bass and flip-fone).

  • Formed 3/2019

  • First gig: The Rail Yard Little Rock, Little Rock AR, 4/2019.

  • Champion, Sonny Boy Blues Society 2019 Blues Challenge, Helena AR, 8/2019 (w/Tommy Branch, Jr., drums)

  • Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock AR, 9/2019 (Fonky Donkey Trio)

  • King Biscuit Blues Festival, Main Stage, Helena AR, 10/2019

  • Champion, Rail Yard Battle of the Bands, Little Rock, AR, 11/2019

  • Quarter-Finalist & Challenger, Int'l Blues Challenge, Memphis TN, 1/2020

  • House Band, Arkansas River Blues Society Sunday Afternoon Blues Jam, Little Rock AR, 2/2019 - current

booking & management: 

Ben "Swamp Donkey" Brenner (501) 412-2002