Shlomo Franklin

Shlomo Franklin

Growing up, Shlomo Franklin’s identity depended on where you met him. In Monsey, NY, he was a Hasidic Jew who spent his days studying Yiddish and the Torah at an ultra-Orthodox religious school. Roughly 75 miles north in Bethel, NY, he was a farmboy milking cows and baling hay in the rolling fields that surrounded the site of the iconic Woodstock festival. In his head, though, Shlomo Franklin was always a dreamer. Without access to TV, radio, or popular culture, he used his imagination to transcend the boundaries of his youth and create a world all his own. Now at the tender age of 22, he’s vividly brought that world to life with his stunning debut EP, ‘Don’t Love Anybody.’ Produced by GRAMMY-winner C Lanzbom, the stripped-down collection filters ’60s and ’70s folk rock through a thoroughly modern lens, tipping its
cap to some of American music’s most iconoclastic songwriters as it offers up a stark, riveting introduction to a remarkable artist only just beginning to scratch the surface of his prodigious talents.

While his backstory may be as non-traditional as it gets, Franklin’s songs situate him in a long lineage of troubadours and poets who manage to make sense of our nonsensical world, who tackle well-worn emotional territory from the kind of fresh perspective that makes it feel like virgin ground. With keen lyrical insight and intricate guitarwork, he paints vivid portraits of lovers on the outs, lost souls searching for refuge, and narrators nostalgic for a past that may never have existed the way they remember it. Backed by an all-star band including Lanzbom on guitar, Shawn Pelton (Ray Charles, Elton John) on drums, Dave Richards (Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw) on bass, Joel Diamond (Graham Parker, Livingston Taylor) on piano/organ, and Dave Eggar (Paul Simon, James Taylor) on cello, Franklin wrings every ounce of honesty and emotion from the music when he sings, delivering a series of intimate, unforgettabl performances. At some turns a gentle tremble, at others an eerie, raspy wail, his voice is hopeful but experienced, weary but insistent, often sounding as if it’s lived dozens more lifetimes than the man it belongs to.

Franklin and Lanzbom are currently in the studio completing work on a debut full-
length due out later this year.

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Please note, there is a one drink minimum for this show (standing and bar stools) and two drink minimum at tables.

Limited seating is available on a first come first served basis.

Pending capacity, guests can RSVP online until 5:30PM, day of show. Additional admission at the door will depend on capacity and availability. 

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