Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals
Gil Franklin was Donkey before there was a Swamp Donkey. He is, you might say, "OD" - Original Donkey. A fixture on the Arkansas music scene for over three decades, Gil is the proverbial triple threat - a powerful, lyrical guitar player; an expressive and compelling singer; and a gifted songwriter. A native of Searcy, Arkansas, Gil bought his first guitar - a $10 "junk piece" - at age 17. Later, he got his mama to co-sign on an Epiphone Coronet from Moses Melody Shop. He picked up a Silvertone amp for $30 and was on his way. As founding member of The Blues Patrol in 1982, Gil did the impossible: He made a living playing the blues.
Today Gil is at the heart of the Little Rock blues scene, playing at every opportunity and leading the house band every Wednesday night for the Arkansas River Blues Society's weekly Wednesday Night Blues Jam. In addition, in 2016 Gil recorded and released a CD of fifteen of his original songs, Ghosts.