Junior Brown

Junior Brown
No Video Available
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 1953 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 record, 2004's Down Home Chrome, found him on a new label (Telarc) but with the same tried and true sound.
Date Venue City State Note
No Tour Dates Available
05/29/2007 - All-Star game to feature big hitters - Read More
05/23/2007 - Honky-tonk hero Junior Brown pays his respects, but carries no torches  - Read More
02/23/2007 - ‘Guit’ fixed up with Texas music - Read More
06/25/2006 - Museum visit takes musician Junior Brown back to his youth  - Read More
More News
No Blogs Available
No Interviews Available
No Merchandise Available
Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 7

Junior Brown  12/26/2011            
Of all of the great musicians Ive seen live in my life, NONE beats Junior Brown! Hes still my favorite.
Junior Brown  08/31/2009            
The best! Flat out. No braggin' just the truth.
Junior Brown  05/22/2005            
I've been a big fan of Mr. Brown since I first saw him on Johnny way back when. My problem with this yet to be released greatest hits thing...I Hung it Up is not on it. In my humble opinion, this song embodies the best of what he does, and to not have it included on this album is criminal! Go JR!!!
Junior Brown  05/17/2005            
mike from alberta
i like very much jr's music, and i just can't get enough of it. love his gitsteel guitar too. mans a genius. jr is a true fan of countrymusic too. if you have never heard jr brown, you need to hear him and that gitsteel too. they are the best.
Junior Brown  10/22/2004            
A true master of his craft.
Junior Brown  05/20/2004            
this guy is sumpthin else!......bring ear plugs!
Junior Brown  07/19/2000            
Add Review   More Review