A Sampling

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Native Spirits Winery - Norman, OK

JTF enjoyed another great evening at this intimate venue filled with warm conversation and laughter and sparkling local wines.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

"An Evening With John the Franklin" :An Article by M.A. Hudson

AN EVENING OF MUSIC WITH JOHN THE FRANKLIN by Marilyn A. Hudson (2013)

"A hot August Sunday was drawing to a close as the boats zip past on the lake and some steer toward the docks at Clear Bay CafĂ©.  They join a line of boats bobbing in the water. All around come diners seeking the air-conditioned dining room or the casual comfort of the deck or patio, the views of the water and the food. Some, like tonight, are also here to enjoy live music on the deck. Tonight the group is Norman based, John the Franklin.

JTF is a three-member group playing an eclectic mix of acoustic-electric “rock and roll memories”.  They do not limit themselves to one era or genre, while favoring some popular lite rock numbers; they explore regionally popular country, songs from the 70-80’s and some indie original numbers penned by one of the group. Over the years the group has played for the Komen Run, assorted corporate celebrations, numerous local resturants and many events.
James Massie

Band members include the very gifted led guitar of James Massie.  In warming up, his nimble fingers ran the gambit from “Classical Gas”, a heavy metal riff and some highly technical finger moves.  Later on, his solo riffs were featured in their rendition of “Blue Bayou.”   

Vocalist, guitarist and manager is Frank Barry.  He is the voice of the group in more ways than just singing.  With great ease and casual air, he introduces the songs and the members of the band, all the while setting a friendly tone with his patter.  His smooth, mellow singing voice is enjoyable.  Playing professionally for some twenty years, he has the confident stylings of a veteran performer.  Frank Barry and James Massie also play in another group focusing on a harder rock and country sound called Full Circle.
Frank Barry

The bass player for JTF is Marvin Hudson and he brings a steady basso line to the numbers.  Using a walking bass style, he easily utilizes both classic jazz and rock maneuvers as he brings those crucial rhythms to the performance.  

It is clear the group really enjoys playing and that radiates to the audience. As the sun begins to fade, bringing a refreshing cool note to the evening, the tables begin to fill.

From lite rock to country favorites, the group demonstrates their versatility. Their repertoire for the evening included covers of classics but also originals by leader Frank Barry.
Marvin J. Hudson

The tip jar was busy, always a good sign for any musician.  Eyeing the crowd, the tapping toes, the nodding heads, and the smiles all told their own story.

Catch John the Franklin at some upcoming events at the Newcastle Casino, the OU Sooner Bash, and the Native American Winery, just to mention of few of the places that they will be visiting this fall.  They also do private and corporate parties and events. Find them on Facebook, through Box Talent, and on Instagram."

Monday, August 26, 2013

Events Coming Up for JTF

JTF at Clear Bay Cafe, Lake Thunderbird
Coming up are --

Sept
6- Native Spirits Winery 7-10
7-OU Game (not sure about the times yet)
13-Clear Bay Cafe (private party) 6-9
21-Newcastle Casino 8-11
27-Michelangelo's 7-9:30ish

Oct
5-OU Game  times are TBA
8-Shawnee (tentative)
9-Shawnee (tentative)
18-tentative for Native Spirits Winery

Nov
8-Michelangelo's 7-9:30ish

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 15th JtF will be Newcastle Gaming and Casino

Mark the date and come enjoy an evening of fun and music. Bring a crowd and make it a night to remember!

Friday, May 24, 2013

May 25th at Clear Bay at Lake Thunderbird

Catch the guys Saturday, May 25th at Clear Bay Cafe on Lake Thunderbird.  They will be playing on June 1st as well.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hear JFT

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CATERING CREATIONS HOSTS JTF!

The group played a special event at the great Norman business, Catering Creations.  Great people and venue.   Anyone needing an event center - give them a call!  Any needing great music - contact JTF!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

ARTS FESTIVAL OKLAHOMA

Had a great time at the OKC Arts Festival on the campus of OCCC, Sept. 1, 2012. 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RUMOR HAS IT - JTF WILL PLAY CLEAR BAY

Fresh from the duo comes word they will be playing at Clear Bay Cafe on Lake Thunderbird, Friday, June 15. Check out the restaurants' Facebook Page as well.

Come out an unwind to some great music!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

OKC MEMORIAL MARATHON, APRIL 29TH


John the Franklin will be playing at this event again. It will be April 29th, 2012 and beginning at 6:30 am. They will be performing at the corner of 38th & Walker @ First Christian Church. This is an early water stop in the race and it is anticipated the first runners to passing the station around 7:25 am.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Catch them this Friday At Newcastle

John the Franklin  will be rockin' the oldies at the Newcastle Gaming Center this Friday night (Dec. 16,2011).  Come on out and share the fun!   

Friday, October 7, 2011

SUSAN G. KOMEN RUN, OCT. 15 - JOHN THE FRANKLIN

Somewhere along the course JTF will be encouraging runners and friends with toe tapping favorites!

Learn more about the run and SGK here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Boys Were Back in Town

John the Franklin: James Massie, Frank Berry, Marvin J Hudson
Embassy Suites Convention Center, Norman, Oklahoma

Monday, November 1, 2010

LOOKING FOR A DUO FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT?


'JOHN THE FRANKLIN' is available for parties, wedding receptions, office events, family affairs, openings, community events, libraries, club events, conferences, and more! Give them a hollar (see contact block).

JTF - Okemah, OK



Saying farewell to Grape Ranch, John The Franklin, says thanks to a great business where they played many a gig. Best luck Grape Ranch in your new location in Texas!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING: BOOK JTF NOW!


JTF provides great music for your company holiday celebration, organization fundraising event, or end of the year fun! Spice up your next event with great music by a talented duo.

JTF!