Frank Martin Gilligan | Silver Dollar

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Silver Dollar

by Frank Martin Gilligan

Solo debut of this Texas singer/songwriter. Soaring vocals, heartfelt lyrics and a great mixture of styles. Wherever he's been, it was worth the wait.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Silver Dollar
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2. Could I Keep You
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3. How Do I Live
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4. Things Don't Ever Stay the Same (feat. Sarah Golden)
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5. I Remember Who She Is
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6. My Favorite Song
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7. One of These Days
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8. Letting Me Go
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9. Even If You See It Coming
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10. 'Til It Don't Hurt Anymore
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Born and raised in New York City... but when he was 19 years old... Texas happened.
When Frank moved to the Lone Star State, he almost immediately formed Mason Dixon. The Texas vocal group enjoyed a long touring and recording career sharing the stage with just about anyboy that was anyone in the 80’s and 90’s country music scene. They recorded 5 studio albums and racked up 13 Bill- board singles along the way.
Mason Dixon stopped touring in 1993. Frank returned to Houston and put and music aside for some time. That might have been the end of a long run has it not been for a fight with cancer in 2009. Nerve damage took away the use of his hands. When they came back, some pretty good songs came along too.
Frank is also a founding member of The Great Recession Orchestra, an all-star studio band of Texas musicians paying tribute to the roots of Western Swing.

Frank has been shaking up the Texas songwriter scene the past few years with wins at The Songwriter Serenade (2013), The Kerrville Folk Festival (2014) and as a finalist at the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival in 2015.

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Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"

Debut album from songwriter who got a standing ovation from his fellow performer
At the “songwriters’ breakfast” which closed the four day International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City in 2014 – an event where songwriters perform a song they wrote during the Conference in front of their fellow songwriters – Texan Franck Gilligan performed his song “I Remember Who She Is” and he received a standing ovation! I was able to get a “raw” MP3 file of the song – a heartfelt song about losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s – and shared with my friends and ALL of them thought it was brilliant song crafting. At the time Frank did not have an album and went the Kickstarter route which resulted in this self-released CD. It proves that the song I heard in Kansas City was not a fluke. Each of the 10 tracks here stands up to repeat listening.
Many of them are about past promises. The title track as well as “Things Don’t Ever Stay the Same” fill that bill. Both “I Remember Who She Is” and “Even If You See it Coming” are – as I said about Alzheimer’s and how it affects our lives. “Could I Keep You” starts out sounding like an old 78rpm record (with surface noise) and then kicks in to a more modern sound.
Gilligan’s voice has maturity and perfectly fits the words perfectly. He’s not quite as “rough” as Willie or Merle, but that works best. And, I can hope that maybe some “name act” will discover Gilligan’s songs and give them wider exposure. The packaging (a digipack) with some photos, thanks and list of musicians is sparse. This album calls out for a booklet of printed lyrics. (They may be on Gilligan’s website; I haven’t looked.)
I forgot to mention that Gilligan plays both acoustic and electric guitar on these tracks and “How Do I Live”, has a solid and powerful solo.
This is a great debut album from a singer/songwriter that keeps winning songwriting awards at the Kerrville Folk Fest. I’m hoping that it gets a lot of exposure from folk radio djs.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
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