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“Coming from my first album, I still didn’t feel accepted by Nashville,” rising country star Kane Brown told Apple Music shortly before the release of his second LP, Experiment. “So, for this album, it was like a second chance.”

In a genre sometimes criticised as conservative, Brown stood out from the beginning. Yes, he looked different—heavily tattooed, rocking diamond earrings, mixed-race in a predominantly white scene—but his career was just as novel by Nashville standards: The Georgia native gained fans and record label interest by posting performance videos on Facebook, rather than emerging fully formed via the usual industry machine. “People have a picture of what they think country should look like,” Brown said. “They look at my tattoos and my style that I wear, my clothes, and my earrings, and it’s always, ‘Oh, Waylon and Cash are rolling in their graves right now. Just put a cowboy hat on. Where’s your belt buckles?’ And I’m like, ‘It’s not me. Why be something that I’m not?’”

But Brown’s image and career path have obscured the fact that when it comes to his actual music, he isn’t throwing out modern-day country conventions—he’s honing them. He has a warm, deep voice in the classic Nashville mould, and he and his skilled band favour a clean blend of country and classic rock, with banjos sitting comfortably alongside electric guitar and heavy drums; album opener “Baby Come Back to Me” even borrows the high-school bleachers backbeat from Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. Like his self-tltled freshman album, there are nods to hip-hop and R&B—see the trap hi-hats on “American Bad Dream” or the Mint Condition-esque band hits on “Weekend”—but these songs are undeniably country. Brown may have started out as a Nashville outsider, but he’s making himself right at home.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

“Coming from my first album, I still didn’t feel accepted by Nashville,” rising country star Kane Brown told Apple Music shortly before the release of his second LP, Experiment. “So, for this album, it was like a second chance.”

In a genre sometimes criticised as conservative, Brown stood out from the beginning. Yes, he looked different—heavily tattooed, rocking diamond earrings, mixed-race in a predominantly white scene—but his career was just as novel by Nashville standards: The Georgia native gained fans and record label interest by posting performance videos on Facebook, rather than emerging fully formed via the usual industry machine. “People have a picture of what they think country should look like,” Brown said. “They look at my tattoos and my style that I wear, my clothes, and my earrings, and it’s always, ‘Oh, Waylon and Cash are rolling in their graves right now. Just put a cowboy hat on. Where’s your belt buckles?’ And I’m like, ‘It’s not me. Why be something that I’m not?’”

But Brown’s image and career path have obscured the fact that when it comes to his actual music, he isn’t throwing out modern-day country conventions—he’s honing them. He has a warm, deep voice in the classic Nashville mould, and he and his skilled band favour a clean blend of country and classic rock, with banjos sitting comfortably alongside electric guitar and heavy drums; album opener “Baby Come Back to Me” even borrows the high-school bleachers backbeat from Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. Like his self-tltled freshman album, there are nods to hip-hop and R&B—see the trap hi-hats on “American Bad Dream” or the Mint Condition-esque band hits on “Weekend”—but these songs are undeniably country. Brown may have started out as a Nashville outsider, but he’s making himself right at home.

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About Kane Brown

Tennessee's Kane Brown is a contemporary country singer/songwriter blessed with a rich baritone voice. Raised by a single mom, Brown grew up in Redbank, Tennessee, where he first became interested in music while in high school. Initially attracted to R&B, Brown decided to focus on country after winning an 11th grade talent contest with his rendition of Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)." Buoyed by that success, Brown began posting videos online of covers of songs by Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, and others. He quickly developed a loyal following of viewers, a fan base that helped his own single, "Don't Go City on Me," go viral upon its release in 2014. In 2015, Brown released his debut EP, Closer, which reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Country Albums chart. Following Closer, he also released the stand-alone single "Used to Love You Sober."

In early 2016, Brown signed a recording contract with RCA/Sony Music Nashville. That December, he returned with his eponymous full-length debut, Kane Brown, featuring the singles "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" and "Thunder in the Rain." The album debuted at number one on the country charts and peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200. Two more singles, "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, and "Heaven" appeared in 2017. A third non-album track "Lose It," arrived in 2018. ~ Matt Collar

HOMETOWN
Chattanooga, TN
GENRE
Country
BORN
21 October 1993

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