Carl Franklin passes

Noted Tennessee fiddler Carl Franklin passed away on Tuesday (12/11) after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Hendersonville on Monday. He was 58 years old.

Carl was a fixture on the fiddle contest circuit, where he claimed many championships, and had previously worked as a clogger on the Grand Ole Opry. Fiddling and dancing were his twin passions, and he is said to have played a central role in organizing a number of clogging groups in Middle Tennessee. He was married to Diane Spicer Franklin, whose father Robert Spicer was a legend in Tennessee buckdancing circles.

Here’s a video of Carl competing recently in the 2012 Grand Master Fiddle Championship in Nashville.


No word yet regarding arrangements.

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  • Ben Bateson

    Carl was a great guy and an excellent fiddler. He will be greatly missed.

  • T Haggerty

    What a remarkable finale; a true master at his trade! Love to his wife and children and all who will surely miss his presence.