Junior Brown; Thursday, May 9, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
“…unbelievable…” – Guitar Player Magazine
Straight from the “live music capital of the world,” Austin, Texas’ Junior Brown has been honky tonkin’ and consistently wowing audiences the world over with his blistering guitar playing on his custom double-necked guitar, referred to as a ‘guit-steel.’ A country throwback to the era of Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, Brown contributes to the tradition with witty contemporary songs of his own pen, with titles such as “The Phantom Of The Opry” and his latest, “Hang Up And Drive,” a roadhouse retort to texting and driving.
Born in 1952 in the Arizona town of Cottonwood, Junior Brown discovered a guitar in his grandparent’s attic at the age of seven. He spent the next several years wood-shedding to popular records, as well as the radio, and had developed some serious musical chops by the end of his teenage years. By the late sixties, a strong passion for Country & Western music had taken hold of Brown and he spent his nights sharpening his musical skills in C&W clubs across the southwest.
“I played more honky-tonks in the 70’s and 80’s than most musicians will see in a lifetime…I did so many years of that, night after night, four sets a night, 15 minute breaks; I mean after that, you gotta get good or get out” says Brown. Despite his foundation in C&W, Brown’s musical aesthetic also encompasses western swing, jazz, Hawaiian, rock and blues. Playing this wide range of styles is facilitated by his signature instrument: the ‘guit-steel.’ Half regular electric guitar, half lap-steel guitar, this double-necked creation allows Brown to switch instruments mid-song, adding different flavors to his musical creations.
Since the early 90’s, Brown (along with his wife Tanya Rae) have become stalwarts of the Austin, TX music scene, playing a much-lauded weekly gig at the Continental Club. He has also released numerous albums since 1993, with his most current release being a six-song EP released in 2012, titled Volume Ten. Brown has received a Country Music Association Award, as well as three Grammy nods and a Bluegrass Music Association Award for his collaboration with Ralph Stanley. A powerhouse of a musician, Brown brings levity to the stage as well, with his dry wit and rollicking tunes, ensuring a night of musical reverie by a true original.
DATE: Thursday, May 9, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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