Cancion Franklin Says It All In Blue Jeans


Cancion Franklin started his musical journey from Tucson, Arizona, the musical being in him was awakened when he first heard of the blues as a child. Cancion moved to New Jersey to attend college and to pursue his musical dreams.

“I took the NJ transit to play dives in North Jersey that aren’t there anymore, to whichever drunks happened to be in bathrooms, train stations, houses, dive bars and barns. Each show became a push towards a higher level of expression.” He said.

In an interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, Cancion Franklin elaborated on his new song Blue Jeans. He plays traditional Americana music and on his new single Blue Jeans he sings about the plans he made, the juke joints they took him to, and every bad turn he’s taken to find a space that’s still left to be original…

If you have ever heard a song from Cancion Franklin, then you would know what to expect. Time and time again he has proved he is the best at this, and this is not debatable. The musical genius had more to say about his life and how thins were for him while growing up.

Enjoy Blue Jeans while you get the full story below

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Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

I have a deep abiding love of blues, country, and folk music. Growing up people like John Lee Hooker and Merle Haggard were the stuff of legend, larger than life in almost a biblical sort of way.

The journey from working class background to artist always inspires me to believe that I can do something with my life. I have over the years kind of sideways walked into the music business, but that has stemmed from loving music more than loving the business of music.


How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

It took me a long time. I was stubborn (still am) and was also afraid that if I let anyone show me something on guitar, I would not sound like me anymore. So I learned two chords, E and Am, and that’s essentially one and four, the foundation of the music I’m into.

I didn’t know that at the time, but that’s the tension I was attracted to. So, I would sit out under a tree in the desert for hours just playing those two chords, and sometimes I would get the bravery to slide my hand up and play a random note.

Eventually I hit enough wrong notes to discover the ones that I did like. I learned later that those notes were the pentatonic scale, another foundational element of American music. This process took years and someone could have showed me in about 5 seconds, but I think I learned a lot doing things the wrong way forever.


What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?

My mom dragged me to see Ritchie Havens when I was pretty young, maybe 4 or 5. I was bored the whole time and hated it but looking back in proud to say that was my first show.


How could you describe your music?

I describe it as Americana. It’s more than that, but genre descriptions change over time, like the Beatles were pop in their day but if you listen to them next to Keisha it wouldn’t make sense to call them the same genre.

I am inspired but 20th century songwriting before 1980 mostly, so the things I draw from, the things I try to sound like, they don’t really make sense through a modern lens. There are elements of blues, country, folk, even jazz to what I do.


Describe your creative process.

Creative process is something which to me is relatively futile. Like I can sit down to write a song for four hours, give up and take a shower, and in the shower the song comes. Which is more important, sitting down to write or taking the shower? I try to live a life I’m inspired by, and if I’m doing that music tends to come.


What is your main inspiration?

My main inspiration is that, not to be morbid, but life is pretty futile in a way. I mean we struggle all our lives to make money, find love, better ourselves and at the end of the day it’s going to be over. I really believe that’s the reason to do what you want in life.

The risk is relatively the same, in a normal job I deal with 95 percent of the fear and headache as I do play music, but I don’t get to do what I was born to do. What’s an extra 5 percent?


What musician do you admire most and why?

One of my favorites is Lightnin’ Hopkins. No matter where you see him sitting in the videos of him playing, he’s always the coolest guy in the room. He could be on tv and he could be sitting on his couch, or hanging out at a birthday party, and whatever acoustic guitar he plays is the center of the universe. It’s the perfect example of “tone is in the hands.”


Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?

Definitely. I really didn’t know who I was when I started out. I was 18 and had just moved to NYC. I didn’t know WHO I was either, and some of the precious things of growing up in southern AZ had been lost on me as well. It was only in leaving that I was able to appreciate and look at who I am.

So that all comes out in the music. Especially the country aspect of what I do. I didn’t realize that I had a right to play country music. Then I moved to a real city and realized damn, I’m kind of a country boy.

I didn’t realize that I had a right to play country music. Then I moved to a real city and realized damn, I’m kind of a country boy.

Who do you see as your main competitor?

Satan. No, I’m joking, but I don’t really think that I have a competitor. If there is another musician that plays and sounds like me, then thats a good thing, we can introduce a sound to even more people. The things that I find to be difficult to stand up against are more ideological. What is the value of music in the internet age? Trying to be a social media strategist is relatively impossible for me as well. Stuff like that is difficult to understand.


What are your interests outside of music?

I love to hunt and fish and drive my truck. Just drove my 1994 Toyota T100 pickup across the country. I love languages and I write some prose as well as songs.


If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

Not sure if I would be around. Not meaning to be too dramatic but music gives a good reason to take care of myself, because I can’t do what I do and be strung out on booze or distracted by things that don’t matter. I’m lucky that way. I listen to the Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore and it blows my mind that they were high. I can barely play after a couple of beers.

I have bartended a lot in my life and I do love it as an occupation. It’s a lot of fun and you meet the best people.


What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?

Myself. Music is a discipline, so to stay concentrated means that I have to get better as a man as well as get better as a musician. To find things to say, to understand life and filter it into lyrics and all that is almost a spiritual journey.


If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?

If I could change one thing it would be famine mentality. I feel like because the music industry has changed so much in a frightening way there’s a feeling that there’s only so much to go around.

I look at standup comedy and how comedians help each other and stand out on the street to try to get people into the clubs. I wish there was more of that in music. I do know plenty of musicians that help me and help each other, but sometimes I get the feeling that everyone is scared that things won’t work out.


Why did you choose this as the title of this project?

I perform under my name, and that is because I’ve never been able to think of something else that I’d like to perform under. It’s the same way I feel about tattoos, I’m not against them I just can’t think of anything that I would want.


What are your plans for the coming months?

I just moved back to NYC with my truck, so I hope to book more regional gigs and be able to tour more. I’ve always played a lot in NYC, but there are some really cool places upstate and in the tristate area I would love to explore.


Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?

Yes! I play guitar for a couple of artists that I adore, Leah Tash and Shawn Parsons, both great songwriters and people. So, I have some stuff coming up with both of them.


What message would you like to give to your fans?

Thank you! There are people who have been with me since day one, and people who just arrived to hear what I do. That’s what keeps me going, I couldn’t possibly keep this up without your love.

Mister Styx
Mister Styx
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