Intro



ABOUT

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 2002
with Avril Smith, David Lopez, and Lea

I got my first guitar in 1975. Love at first strum. Played my first paid professional gigs in 1979. Ever since then I've played pretty much anywhere that would have me, from living rooms to the Kennedy Center. Currently I play all over Northern Colorado and Southeast Wyoming in breweries, clubs, farmers markets, private parties, art openings, poetry gatherings, churches and more. You can catch me solo, or in my favorite duo, Taggart & Silas, or as lead guitarist in Paul Chet and the Whiskey Chickens, and sitting in with those friends who will still tolerate a few mistakes in exchange for cold beer.

City Star Brewing, Berthoud, CO 12/2015

I love writing and performing! I was raised on radio. For most of my growing up years in Wyoming there were only a few stations that we could listen to. KEVA in Evanston was the first station that I ever paid attention to, and it played all kinds of music, from top 40 hits to country and western to easy listening. Many of the songs I heard there have found their way into my repertoire.



Taggart & Silas, Avo's 5/2015

I do appreciate the support of those who listen to and love live, local music. You've given me a reason to do this for a good long time and I don't get tired of playing for you. I hope to see you all soon...



Paul Chet and the Whiskey Chickens, Avo's 5/2015

“As for Taggart, his release "Falling All the Way," has a more rootsy and jaunty sound, flavored by guitars, mandolin, banjo and dobro...Taggart is a smart, economical songwriter. He also has a knack for getting right to the troubled heart of a matter, as the CD's title track and "What Tomorrow Will Be Missing" reveal. All is not sorrow and anguish, though. In a calm, somewhat husky voice that occasionally brings John Hartford to mind, Taggart conjures other moods as well, with a thoroughly smitten love song ("County Fair/Apple Blossom") and a vivid portrait of a first and lasting impression ("Missing You All My Life)."”
                                                                        — Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

Discography

Full Length CDs:
Falling All The Way, 2001 
Available on CD Baby, iTunesRhapsody

On Compilations:
"Let It Be Born Tonight", A Holiday Feast 6, Hungry for Music Records, 2002

Franklin's Songs Covered by Others:
"Don't Stop", West of Wise, Zeala 2003

Co-Writing:
"The Risk Involved", The Risk Involved, Mary Sue Twohy 2001
"Dark Blue Velvet", Free of this Sorrow, Dulcie Taylor 2012


Franklin Has Performed At:

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
The Washington Folk Festival
The Philadelphia Folk Festival
Merlefest
The Takoma Park Folk Festival
Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA
The Cherry Hill Folk Festival
The Frederick Festival of the Arts
Virginia Wine Festival
Art, Design and Dine, Cheyenne
FoCoMX 2012-2015
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland
The Backbone Gourmet Grub and Brewhouse, Loveland
Harrington Arts Academy, Loveland
Outa Bounds, Loveland
The Pourhouse, Loveland
Truman's Coffeehouse, Fort Collins
Choice City Butcher and Deli, Fort Collins
Genoa Coffee and Wine Bar, Fort Collins
Fort Collins Brewery, Fort Collins
The Derby Grill, Berthoud
The Bellvue Bean, Bellvue
Lyons Outdoor Market, Lyons
Cheyenne Tuesday Farmers Market, Cheyenne
DeliWorks, Fort Collins
Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, Longmont
Larry's Guitars, Longmont
El Monte Grill, Fort Collins
Unity of Fort Collins
Peace in the Park, Loveland
Art, Design and Dine, Cheyenne
Night on the Town, Loveland
Loveland Feed and Grain, Artspace, Loveland
Anthology Book Company, Loveland
Pulcinella Pizzeria, Fort Collins
High Hops Brewery, Windsor
Cheyenne Winter Farmers Market
Lyons Fork Restaurant, Lyons
Sonny Lubick Steakhouse, Fort Collins
City Star Brewing, Berthoud
Left Hand Brewing, Longmont
Verboten Brewing, Loveland
Crazy Jack's Saloon, Fort Collins
Avogadro's Number, Fort Collins
Cactus Grille, Loveland
Big Beaver Brewing, Loveland
Streetmosphere, Fort Collins
Generations Wine and Martini Bar, Loveland
Colorado Mountain Dog Festival
Beaver Meadows Resort, Red Feather Lakes
Crow Hop Brewing, Loveland
Alpaca Extravaganza, Longmont
Pateros Creek Brewing, Fort Collins
1933 Brewing, Fort Collins
Footsteps to Hope 5K, Windsor
Sears Trostel Bread and Boards Benefit, Fort Collins
Everyday Joe's, Fort Collins
WHAT Fest, Riverside, Wyoming
Town of Mead, Colorado Community Concerts
Paddler's Pub, Fort Collins
Cache Old Town Bar & Grill, Fort Collins
Hodi's Half Note, Fort Collins
2015 Front Range Rally, Loveland
TEDxFrontRange 2015, Loveland

Production Credits

Co-Producer, Something Real, Jonathan and Deborah Hutchison, 1986
Producer, Open Eyes, Squibnocket, Red Ground Nut Records, 1996
Producer, Now or Never, Jane Hurst, 2005
Producer, Imagine That, Rick and Audrey, 2007(Parent's Choice Award Winner)
Producer, Love Flows Down, Eliza Newlin Carney, 2007
Producer, "I Am An Immigrant", Jesse Palidofsky, Azalea Sampler 3, 2008
Producer, Skytroopers:Songs of War, Peace, and Love from Vietnam, Richard Morris, 2008
Producer, Live from the Living Room, Marcy Stonecipher, 2013
Producer of hundreds of song demos
Session player on more records and demos than I can remember