BJ Franklin is a 27 year Marine veteran, with multiple combat tours, who decided to pursue a softer side of life upon retirement. He picked up the guitar at age 42, formed a band within 6 months, played and sang for the Pacific military clubs system and was the leader of a country band in Japan that headlined the Japanese JayCee convention.
Self-taught and still in the learning curve, he regularly plies his trade with his partner-in-crime, Lloyd Braddy, throughout the low country empire. Being a part of multiple groups, such as BJ & Lloyd, Hwy South and The This and That Band keeps him busy as they are in demand at most Hospice, assisted living and nursing homes in the Chatham/Effingham area entertaining the shut-in and debilitated. They maintain a rigorous schedule often playing for charity events and church groups.
Starting his writing career with songs about his wife, he has penned numerous country, gospel and soft rock music. His wife says he writes gospel music cause he needs to be saved! He works for one of the world’s most influential luthiers, Randy Wood, providing retail and production assistance, MC’s all the national level shows at the Pickin’ Parlor in Bloomingdale, and volunteers his time both at Hunter AAF and with the Savannah/Chatham Advocacy Program. He is the Commandant-elect of the West Chatham Detachment 1326 of the Marine Corps League and plays music with the group at Doc’s Bar in Tybee on Tuesday night.
BJ will join Stan, Roy and Sam IN THE ROUND this Sunday at Doc’s on Tybee. 6PM