The Holiday Groove w/ Austin Groove Project, Magna Carda, the Bishops, the Vapor Caves [garage]; Sam Houston, Jake Lloyd, Zach Person [control room]
Empire Control Room
"...Saying “I’m not perfect” and “I’ve made mistakes,” Richard Franklin III became the second candidate to announce his intention to replace retiring County Commissioner Ron Davis in the Precinct 1 race, Monday evening at the Victory Grill. Franklin asked his audience to “help me be a better man” and to “uplift everybody in Travis County.”..."
"...His accomplice, David (Uranium Savages lead singer Arnsberger), is motivated by concurrent desires to impress his girlfriend and revive his band's stranded-in-the-Seventies career. Cameo and extra appearances by local icons such as Kinky Friedman, Alvin Crow, Sammy Allred, Guy Juke, Molly Ivins, and Jim Franklin offer viewers of a certain age a chance to test their powers of observation and wax nostalgic..."
"...It was Armadillo muralist Jim Franklin who tagged his friend as "the Royal Hawaiian Prince," which came in recognition of Hughes' endless collection of Hawaiian shirts, alcoholic beverages served in plastic pineapples, and the ability to chill out all summer long, day in and day out, lounging by the low diving board at Barton Springs Pool with Kerry Awn. The Royal Hawaiian Prince had that certain only-in-Austin panache that sprung from both the Armadillo World Headquarters and the underground comics scene of Rick Griffin, Awn, R..."
"...Pagers, radio spots, even semi-inspired print ads for shows were few and far between back then, and the resultant information vacuum created by too many popular venues booking amazing bills with zilch advertising almost single-handedly spawned what people today think of as Poster Art. That $50 Frank Kozik print you've been ogling at Sound Exchange has its roots not only deep in the heart o' Texas, but also in the music explosion that rocked the Capitol City in the Seventies and made sideline superstars out of a struggling band of artists and cartoonists (frequently one and the same) that included such now-legendary names as Gilbert Shelton, Jim Franklin, Ken Featherston, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Sam Yeates, Micael Priest, Kerry Awn, Gary McIlhenny, Henry Gonzales, Jack Jaxon, and a few others..."
"...If it's fair to posit that the Austin Music Scene, referred to so reverentially it practically demands capital letters, started first with Kenneth Threadgill, then Austin's artistic underground origin in the Sixties can likewise be attributed to Jack Jackson, Jim Franklin, and Gilbert Shelton. Their pen-and-ink contributions to the comic-and-poster world gave Austin its earliest visual identity in the counterculture..."
"...When Armadillo World Headquarters poster artist Jim Franklin and late partner Bill Livengood reopened the dormant Ritz in 1974, Monday nights were as dead then as they are now, so they showed old cowboy movies and booked bands to warm up. "We had Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel," recalls Franklin..."
"...With both Jim Carrey and Tim Allen having successfully made the transition from the boob tube to the silver screen, along comes the latest bid for big movie stardom, namely comedy star Sinbad in Houseguest. A blatant retread of the Jim Belushi vehicle Taking Care of Business, as well as the similarly titled Housesitter, Houseguest follows the adventures of Kevin Franklin, a young man obsessed with money and every way to get it, with the notable exception of good old-fashioned hard work..."
"...To many, Priest rules as the godfather of poster art in Austin because his work is among the most enduring. Jim Franklin had created the armadillo as the symbol of the hippie counterculture in Texas, but Priest, with his cartoonist's sensibility, used black ink to fill their veins with red blood..."
"...Directed by: Carl Franklin. Starring: Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Jim Caviezel, Adam Scott, Bruce Davison, Amanda Peet and Juan Carlos Hernández..."
"...Directed by: Carl Franklin. Starring: Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, Billy Bob Thorton, Michael Meach, Earl Billings and Jim Metzler..."
"...In January 2015, Wilson put hundreds of beer signs, concert posters, paintings, and Armadillo artifacts up for auction. That resulted in a crowded and entertaining sell-off that saw several items, including a Jim Franklin painting of guitarist Freddie King and the concert hall's piano, net over $20,000..."
"..."I was an original investor in the Ritz. I gave [poster artist] Jim Franklin $1,000 to help open it..."
"...Clark (evening); Monday Loose Diamonds, Tuesday Reckless Kelly, Wednesday Rick Trevino, and Thursday Jimmy LaFave. Also for the eyes, in a combined celebration of the Bazaar's silver anniversary and the memory of the Armadillo World Headquarters, beginning at 1pm this Saturday, Armadillo poster artists Jim Franklin, Guy Juke, Micael Priest, and Kerry Awn will join forces to begin creating a mural at the Austin Music Hall as the Bazaar opens for the holidays..."
"...But South Pop was born with a silver paintbrush in its mouth, at least judging by the wealth of iconic poster artists that flocked to Austin in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Jim Franklin – who Bruce Springsteen singled out during his South by Southwest Music keynote speech – Micael Priest, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Kerry Awn, and the others painted the path for Frank Kozik, Lindsey Kuhn, and the rock poster artists of today..."
"...Ask any cosmic cowpoke you can find about what happened next, and you'll get an earful of Armadillos. In particular, Austin's legendary artist and Threadgill's fixture Jim Franklin, who along with Bill Livinggood reopened the Ritz in 1974 (after it suffered the requisite stint as a XXX, bump 'n' grind house in the early Seventies) as something of an extension of Eddie Wilson's Armadillo World Headquarters..."
"..."A wall mural does many things," explains Oliver Franklin, former director of the Republic of Texas museum and a mural scholar. "When a mural goes up, a wall is transformed into something else..."
"...“Micael Priest was the most prolific of the Armadillo Art Squad,” says South Austin Museum of Popular Culture Director Leea Mechling, referring to the legendary in-house team at the Armadillo World Headquarters, which included Jim Franklin, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Bill Narum, Henry Gonzalez, Kerry Awn, G.L. McElhaney, Ken Featherston, Nels Jacobson, and Sam Yeates..."
"... But, there are some glaringly absent, overlooked (and hopefully future) members. I still believe in sending a ballot to all the past winners (just like the Baseball Hall of Fame does), and let a “Veterans Committee” add one to three new (old) members per year. We must all agree that the Hall of Fame cannot be called “complete” without including such deserving Austin area musicians and scenemakers (in no particular order) as ZZ Top, Waylon Jennings, Junior Franklin, Uranium Savages, Bobby Earl Smith, Earl Poole Ball, Charlie Robison, Esteban Jordan, Kaz Kazanoff, Tex Thomas, Kim Wilson, Eddie Wilson, Burton Wilson, Jubal Clark, Robert Powell St..."
"...If Danny Garrett's name doesn't ring a bell (bang a gong), his imagery will. Alongside locals Micael Priest, Jack Jackson, Jim Franklin, and Guy Juke, his pen-and-ink line work and cryptic flourishes helped make posters the primary medium for marketing concerts..."
"...Blank was often more interested in the cultural context of the music he was documenting, so there are many passages of the film in which Blank’s camera turns its lens to the rural denizens of Oklahoma, interviewing Russell’s elderly landlords (who are adorable), being shown the fine art of Okie noodling, attending tractor pulls, and often, just lingering on an abstract image of a sunset reflected on a rippling lake. There’s a great sequence in which legendary underground artist (and Armadillo World Headquarters poster designer) Jim Franklin calmly removes a number of scorpions from an empty swimming pool before turning that surface into a mind-blowing psychedelic mural..."