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When we are asked about the finest songwriters today we immediately think of Bob Franke. We are not alone in thinking this. Some artists who have recorded Bob’s songs include Peter, Paul and Mary, June Tabor, Kathy Mattea, Tony Rice, Martin Simpson, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers, Garnet Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, and David Wilcox. When ABC’s Nightline asked Alison Krauss to name her favorite songs, she cited Franke’s “Hard Love,” calling it “probably my favorite tune,” and saying Franke was her hero and “main inspiration.” And Tom Paxton said “I always think of Bob Franke as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting.”

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