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NEW CD CALLED VOLUME TEN. It's available on iTunes and on JuniorBrown.com


“You don’t fnd stylists today like you did in the Ernest Tubb era. That’s what sets

Junior aside from a lot of other artists. He’s got his own style. And his rapport

with his fans, he draws a vast audience, from young college kids up to the older,

traditional country music fans.”

--David McCormick, owner, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville

“Junior told me once that he was very impressed by Jimi Hendrix, by the way he

was very wild, and yet he was very controlled. He knew where everything was

going in a solo, and he (Junior), I think tries for the same effect, and I think he hits

it virtually every time.”

--Mitch Mitchell, drummer, The J imi Hendrix Experience

Though these two quotes attempt to explain his uniqueness and wide range musical

capability, though not vague, the quotes are so dissimilar as to provoke a curious

sense of mystery for a reader uninitiated with the phenomenon known as Junior

Brown. Of course, to anyone who has seen Junior sing and play live, or heard any

of his ten albums, will no doubt understand the connectedness in what the two

quotes mean, and more often than not will have some quotable Junior observations

to add of their own. What it all boils down to is this: with his unique voice, more

unique songwriting craft, and even more unique double necked “Guit-Steel”, there

has absolutely never been anyone like Junior Brown.

Born 1952 in Cottonwood, AZ., Junior showed musical talent at an early age playing little melodies

on the family piano before he could talk. Curiosity led him

to an old guitar in his grandparents’ attic, thus setting the stage for a lifelong

interest in the steel strings. After a series of high school dance bands, he hit the

Country dance club circuit full time while still in his teens. This continued for

decades all over the United States and many excursions abroad. After settling in

Austin, Texas, with his wife and rhythm guitarist-singer, Tanya Rae, he began his

weekly tenure at the legendary Continental Club where the band successfully

honed their craft leading ultimately to a major label signing (Curb), a Country

Music Association Award (CMA), three Grammy nods, a Bluegrass Music

Association Award (IBMA) with legend, Ralph Stanley, duets on record and video

appearances with everyone from Hank Thompson and George Jones to The Beach

Boys and Stone Temple Pilots. Then came movies (Me Myself and Irene,

Trespass, Still Breathing, The Dukes of Hazard, Blue Collar Comedy Tourl and II),

TV shows (X Files, Chris Issac, Austin City Limits), multiple appearances on

Letterman, Conan, Saturday Night Live, and even a cameo appearance in

SpongeBob Squarepants. And there were the national ad campaigns, like The Gap,

Lee Jeans and Lipton Tea.

Lately Junior has been concentrating just as hard as always on his songwriting

skills with his more recent material, which still references dry wit, serious

sentiment and instrumental prowess. Some of these new songs show a previously

uncharted direction into modern technical jargon. Just one listen to selections like

“Hang Up and Drive” or “Apathy Waltz” and you will have no doubt that there is

more here than just simple Retro-Billy. These songs are about today and Junior is

still performing them “Junior style”.

So what more does one say in an attempt to describe a truly one-of-a-kind music

legend, who is doing what he does better now than ever before? How does

someone describe the indescribable to one who hasn’t seen or heard?

What comes to mind for me is the title to one of Junior’s early albums which refers cleverly to

his creation, the “Guit—Steel”, the instrument consolidating standard and steel

guitars allowing him to switch mid-song between the two while singing.

The title of the album simply states the best advice that can be offered: GUIT WITH IT!