Rest in peace Franko Washboard Jackson

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  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    It's a very sad day in our community when we've lost the legendary, sweet, talented, beloved local, Franko Washboard Jackson. He leaves behind a community that has gained so much from his folk art, music, and goodness.

    We love Franko. We love how the entire community came out to Franko Fest at Trebeaché to support his journey when he was first diagnosed with liver cancer. He recovered and continued to make his music and art. Until cancer returned and he made the best of his remaining days. Always smiling. He's joined his Angel Band.

    We'll miss him at Stinky's brunch with The Steenos or Duck Phat. On stage with Hubba Hubba every year at The Red Bar anniversary party for 24 years. And the Hubba Hubba Bunny Hop annual Easter performance. We will miss him at Stinky's Fat Tuesday party every year performing with his Twelfth Night Mardi Gras Band. May these local musicians carry on and keep our traditions alive for years to come.

    If you are visiting Stinky's Fish Camp you'll see an exhibition of his folk art on display.

    Our condolences go out to his wife Eileen and all of Franko's family and many friends and fans.

    Teresa and Kurt
    SoWal.com

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    Northwest Florida Daily News
    Walton Sun
    Saturday Oct 11 2019

    Condolences pour out for beloved local musician ‘Washboard’ Jackson

    As the condolences poured out online Saturday morning following the death of beloved local musician Franko “Washboard” Jackson, a common thread seemed to connect each one.

    That’s because Jackson, who played a brand of music described as “southern-fried funk and rhythm and blues” had a very particular effect on the people whose lives intersected with his.

    “To say he was beloved would be a gross understatement,” said Jackson’s longtime friend and fellow musician Bill Garrett. “It’s hard for the people who knew him to imagine a world without him ... that’s the part that’s really inconceivable.”

    Jackson, 68, battled cancer in recent years and underwent a liver transplant in that same stretch. He died Friday night around 6 p.m., surrounded by his family. A true musician until the end, he played in public for the final time last Sunday at Stinky’s Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach – his regular brunch gig.

    Jackson, who began playing the washboard in the mid-1970s, moved to Fort Walton Beach from New Orleans in 1986 with his wife, local artist Eileen West, and teamed up with Garrett and Duke Bardwell to form Willie and the Wahoos, which eventually morphed into Hubba Hubba.

    Bardwell, a bass player, famously toured with Elvis Presley in the mid-1970s and his team-up with Jackson later in his career pops up on most of his biography pages.

    Nikki Hedrick wrote an in-depth profile of Jackson for a Destin publication in 2016. She first met Jackson and West when she was in middle school.

    “He was just ... there’s only one of him, and he was absolutely larger than life,” Hedrick said. “The moment you met him or knew him, if it was just five minutes or 30 years, he became part of your narrative. He was one of those type of people.”

    For being a great musician, Jackson seemed to have another quality that came up just as much as friends crafted their own tributes online.

    To that point, he was unfailingly kind to everyone he met.

    “To me, he was a real ray of light and everywhere he went, every room he walked in was better for it because he just lit it up,” Garrett said, choking back tears. “I hope when my time comes to face the abyss I do it with the same grace, grit and bravery as Washboard Jackson did.”
    Condolences pour out for beloved local musician 'Washboard' Jackson

     
  2. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Facebook post Oct 11

    Dear Franko,

    You are going to be joining your new band , The 30A Angel Band .
    We want to thank you for the love that spread everywhere you went .

    Singing, Scratching the Washboard or painting you were an Ace.

    We worked with you for 24 years , you played with Hubba Hubba every year for 24 years straight.
    What an honor for us.

    You also worked in the RedBar kitchen for 6 years with Calvin Bradley , what a team you two were .

    And you loved each and every one of us,and we loved you back man !

    We cry today,but we know you are
    Jamin’ with your Friends,at peace and without pain,and for that ,
    we rejoice!
    We wish to send our condolences to Franko’s best friend Eileen West,
    And the family.

    We will love you forever Pal .
    ❤️❤️

    This wonderful pic was taken by
    Shelly Swanger, the greatest Rock Star photographer In the land.
    Girl I was going to ask for your permission....

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    Franko was a unique individual and a kind soul. I will miss him. I'll never forgot the first time I saw him having a blast on his washboard with a huge smile and an intense, yet faraway look. He was truly a part of our community and will be missed by all.
     
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    Love Franko will miss him! So Sad!
     
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    I saw him play recently so glad I did and may he rest in peasce.
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Second Line Celebration at Stinky's Fish Camp
    Honoring Franko Washboard Jackson
    Sunday Oct 20 @ 2pm

    There will be a Second Line Celebration on Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM at Stinky's Fish Camp honoring Franko Washboard Jackson. A fitting celebration for Franko who was a New Orleans street musician before adding so much joy to the lives of Walton County locals in the 80's by moving here.
     

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