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Junior Brown

A singer and demon guitarist whose raucous blend of country and rock & roll helped make him a successful crossover act, Junior Brown was born in 1952 and raised in the backwoods of Kirksville, IN. He first learned to play the piano from his father, and was exposed to country through radio and TV, becoming a fan of Ernest Tubb's music and television program. He became a professional musician at the tail end of the '60s, while still in his teens.

After honing his guitar skills in relative anonymity throughout the '70s, Brown became an instructor at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music, an affiliate of Rogers State College in Oklahoma. There, while teaching under the auspices of steel guitar legend Leon McAuliffe, a onetime member of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Brown met "the lovely Miss Tanya Rae," a student whom he would later marry in 1988 and who eventually joined his band as a rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist. At the same time, a dream prompted him to set about creating an instrument fusing a six-string guitar with its steel counterpart. Contacting guitar maker Michael Stevens in 1985, he developed the "guit-steel," a double-necked guitar combining the standard instrument with the steel. (A decade later, the two men reunited to update the "guit-steel," and Brown's cherry axe, "Big Red," was born.)

After moving to Austin, TX, Brown and his group became the house band at the city's Continental Club, where strong word-of-mouth eventually earned them a record deal. He made his long-awaited album debut in 1993 with 12 Shades of Brown, which featured a tribute to his biggest influence, "My Baby Don't Dance to Nothing but Ernest Tubb." It also showcased his often-stunning instrumental work, and blended Western swing, honky tonk, and electrified Bakersfield country. Guit With It followed later in the year, and like its predecessor, was met with considerable critical acclaim. After a five-song stopgap EP, 1995's Junior High, Brown returned in 1996 with Semi-Crazy, which continued in the vein established on his previous recordings. The Long Walk Back followed two years later, and displayed a bit more rockabilly flavor. Brown issued his fifth album, Mixed Bag, in 2001. His next record, 2004's Down Home Chrome, found him on a new label (Telarc) but with the same tried and true sound. Curb released a twelve-song Greatest Hits collection in June of 2005, followed by Telarc's Live at the Continental Club: The Austin Experience later that September. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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rmblucas
I have seen him live here in Greenville, SC several times. . . .always a great show. . . . great musician!! Don't know if he tours much anymore. . .he can also cover Hendrix like you wouldn't believe.

kqh
My husband turned me onto Junior at least 10 years ago. I'm generally not a county music fan, but love Junior. Absolutely the best. Had the chance to see him live at a small theater outside of Philadelphia . Wish he would tour more in the northeast. Would love to see him live again.
Had the opportunity to see Jr at Infinity Hall in Norfolk ct. Last year what a great show at a phenomenal venue
If you close your eyes when listening to Junior Brown you can hear Duane Eddie on the git-tar and Ernest Tubbs voice, wow!
saw junior just this past mid august in bloomington in. so glad i did- he is the best guitarist i have ever seen or heard. will definitely see him again!!
love them mercs and Junior
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day if your life.However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days.Now you've started reading so don't stop.This so scary put this on least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters.This is so scary because it actually works.
nesjj778
My ex thinks im dead haha
Not only can he play, but he has a killer deep voice that I would love to mix with my 12 String
jengriffin20 0 1
Saw him in Ventura at Johnny Cash tribute festival last Saturday. Thought wow, that sounds like the guy who sings the Highway Patrol song. Then found out he's playing here in Solana Beach tonight. Guess where I'm going! Junior Brown is awesome!
My wife thinks im dead
We have seen him three times and had a blast every time. Just love him!!
texomastripe r s
It doesn't get any better than Junior.
Two Ron's don't make a right!
HE GUITAR COMBO IS LIKE AN EXTENSION OF HIMSELF. SO MUCH EMOTION
new to me that makes me happy new old is how i fly
Nice guy. chatted with him after a show some years back. he signed my hat.
Watched Junior on Austin City Limits once, man he can kill a guit-steel.
A day spent listening to Junior Brown is never a wasted day. The best guitarist alive and in country music by a country mile, and he might be the best alive, period!
charliedfinl e y
Junior Brown is one rockin' hillbilly. Whats his best album?
Junior is a badass axeman.
His surf medley kicks!
whirlwindsha d o w
I saw Junior Brown live back in the early 90's and still have his autographed photo. A class act.
rsellers46
He is a real country guitar picker & Steel !
A Real Original ..Nothing you can compare him with!!
I can't say it any better than Carlos Santana the best guitarist since Jimmy Hendrix.
nevadadad
He is a GOD on the the guitar. Puts true "music" back into country. Not like today's cookie cutter,wanna be pop country. Been singing "Highway Patrol" since the first time I heard it. Keep on strummin, Junior. Best wishes.



birdbrain5
I'm very impressed with his style and unique blend of tones, A True professional .
This man is putting integrity back into country music.....
What a musician, and entertainer. . . . .
This guy is awesome. Love him!!
gingerwest33
Cool! I'm hooked!
This guy can play, got to see him live ASAP
Just saw him live at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte NC last Friday night....... . SMOKIN'!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! Yelled out for Apache by the Ventures AND THEY PLAYED IT 20 minutes later...... absolutely monstrous!!
Amazing Guitar Slinger! can handle his wife playing in the band too, the man!
I saw him in Dallas once. Amazing
chefgumby
If you listen to modern country music and don't listen to Junior Brown then you don't really listen to modern country music.
OMG I love this! My girl band used to play with the Ventures and I used to hang out with Nokie Edwards all the time - We played together so this is a very nice thing to hear!!! Well done - Nokie would be proud!!!!!
Saw Jr. with the Bob Dylan Show back in ought-six. He does amazing things with rapid detuning and retuning his guitar (his guit-steel) that others do with a whammy bar.
m_sbunch
country steriods
John_kuma
Not to be missed in concert, the guitar fan boys crowd the rail. And his surf guitar rivals Dick Dale.
A modern classic. A new favorite of mine. The voice, style, and guitar skills capture all the best of old-time country with a digestable modern adaptation. Timeless and powerful.
Jr's the sh*t! Been watchin him for years
aak77cj
hillbilly hendrix...
Jr rocks the country. Such a distinct voice!
Fun stuff!
i dig this crazy cat!
I have seen JB 4 times now, will NOT miss a show.
phil7484
I will never ever miss seeing Junior in concert! I've seen him 4 times, and he is awesome! If you you don't like old-school country, he puts on a great show - a class act!
mejaww
You've came along ways from the Dusty Drape days in Boulder.CO.. . n o w you are one of the best! WOW!
georgec6
I like "My wife thinks your Dead!"
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